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Visitors bureau shows value as tourism conduit

June 28, 2013

The Lycoming County Visitors Bureau has taken its share of hits lately, not warranted in our view....

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Jun-29-13 8:44 AM

Hotel tourism tax funds the VB. As is the case in almost all State or Federal tax supported grant funding, the "conduit" for transfer of funds is almost always through a non-profit entity, with a local government fiduciary (here it is Lycoming County Commissioners). Having been through the VB grant funding process, it is rigorous and comprehensive in its due diligence.

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Jun-28-13 2:06 PM

What are the funding sources for the Bureau? That would would help determine if the Bureau is a valuable conduit for the transfer of funds. Also, if it is a conduit, is it more efficient to transfer funds from the sources directly to the recipients?

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