Cordova Chamber wins travel promotion grant

Cordova, Alaska. Photo by David Little/for The Cordova Times

The Cordova Chamber of Commerce has been awarded a $376,000 grant to help promote safe travel to the community in the wake of the pandemic.

Other area winners among the 18 announced on Tuesday, June 1, include the Copper Valley Development Association, $140,000, the Valdez Convention and Visitors Bureau, $88,290, and Discover Kodiak, $31,107.

The largest grant, for $1,999,279, went to the Alaska Travel Industry Association.

The Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development assessed all proposed COVID-Safe Travel Grant grants for quality, overall responsiveness, ability to deploy a marketing campaign no later than June 15 and regional representation. The grants allow for marketing efforts to target in-state, independent, national or international travelers and markets, in a competition for which all applications were due on May 10.

“We received many great proposals and are thrilled to provide this grant funding to Alaskan nonprofits to advance the efforts of promoting COVID-safe travel to and within Alaska this year,” DCCED Commissioner Julie Anderson said. “It’s heartening to see so many nonprofits passionate about assisting their communities, small businesses, and Alaska as a whole.”