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Heritage of Hope seeks tourism grant

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An organization that sponsors Hope's largest outdoor festival wants to become a satellite operation for the Columbus Area Visitors Center and obtain the funding that could come with it.

Heritage of Hope Inc. is seeking up to $40,000 generated from the county's innkeeper's tax that was provided a year ago to the Visitors Center for use in 2014, organization spokesman Larry Simpson said.

If the Visitors Center approves the funding, an 18-month pilot program would have Heritage working with the center to increase hotel and motel stays, said Lynn Lucas, Visitors Center executive director.

For more on this story, see Saturday's Republic.

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