The original Tourism Board understood its task as trying to figure out how Hudson could perpetuate itself as a destination of interest to travel and leisure journalists and to travelers. The effort to hire a consultant to help craft a strategy for marketing Hudson encountered stiff opposition from members of the community and the Common Council. Now, a new Tourism Board, reconstituted at the beginning of 2020, is redefining its mission and doling out the $435,000 in grants to community events and projects--much in the way that the Common Council Arts, Entertainment and Tourism Committee used to with $20,000 or $25,000 back in the day.
On July 1, the Common Council approved grants totaling $63,625. On Monday, July 13, the Council approved a second round of grants totaling $66,800. So far, the total amount awarded to the projects listed below is $130,425. The Tourism Board still has $300,000 to go. Click on the name of the recipient in the list below to see the proposal for the event or project to be funded.
- The Hudson Eye ($15,000)
- Hudson Arts Coalition ($5,000)
- Hudson Sloop Club ($9,000)
- Operation Unite New York ($4,900)
- Friends of Oakdale Lake ($14,725)
- Lil Deb's Oasis ($15,000)
- Betsy Miller Walking Tours ($3,200)
- Free Columbia ($5,000)
- Hudson Business Coalition--Hudson Bonds ($5,000)
- Hudson Business Coalition--Phase I Walking Guide ($13,750)
- Hudson Business Coalition--Phase II Walking Guide ($9,850)
- Hudson Hall Shared Streets Workforce Program ($15,000)
- HBC Awareness Campaign ($15,000)