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Ideas Wanted

The Tourism Promotion Area (TPA) was established by the lodging industry to increase overnight stays in Snohomish County. With funding in place, the TPA is looking to support new ideas and events that bring loads of life and overnight lodging to the county with a new grant program. 

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Come One, And All

This program is open to applications from public, nonprofit or private entities with a demonstrated ability to accomplish the proposed project. Bring your big ideas to Snohomish County.  The Board meets the third Tuesday of each month at Willis Tucker Park in Snohomish and applications need to be submitted by the first of that month in order to be presented to the Board.

Your Creativity is the Limit

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Some projects in our region that we know to be successful include a focus on outdoor recreation, sporting events, conventions and tradeshows, festivals, niche conferences and concerts…but that's not all. Chances are you've got an idea for something we haven't even thought of yet.

We're A Bit Different

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The TPA Grant differs from other lodging grants offered by Snohomish County because we may fund, at our discretion, a range of expenses beyond just marketing and promotions. 

TPA funds may include community development programs, bid fees, officials’ fees, conference/convention or trade show costs, transportation costs and more. Previous median project funding has been $40,000. The TPA generally does not support administrative or personnel-related costs, and projects are one-year funding unless otherwise indicated.

 

RECENT PROJECTS

 
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JANUARY 23, 2018

NAUTIQUE wwa WAKEBOARD NATIONAL cHAMPIONSHIPS - jULY 23 -29, 2018

The Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Championships presented by Rockstar, will be taking place on July 23 - 29, 2018 at Lake Tye in Monroe, WA .  It is the largest pro-am wakeboard event in the world with over 200 competitors.  There will be amateur competitors from all over the U.S. along with professional competitors from around the world.  Over 5,000 spectators are expected over the four day event.  The Nationals is part of the World Wakeboard Association's World Series, which is a multi-stop international pro tour with stops in the U.S, Mexico, Japan and Australia.  The Nationals will be televised on NBC Sports Network.  Lake Tye is a perfect setting for this wakeboard event with calm waters and open banks for ease of viewing for all visitors. 

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January 23, 2018

pro aerial league team drone racing - march 17, 2018

The Professional Aerial League is hosting a Pro Aerial League Team Drone Racing event at the Angels of the Wind arena in Everett on March 17, 2018.  The event will consist of high speed drone racing, educational and interactive experiences, and multiple family entertainment activities such as team drone racing, fly a drone, build a drone, STEM programs, laser tag, nerf fields, flight simulators, and meet the pilots.  This event will be livestreamed globally via Sports on Facebook, who selected the Pro Aerial League as their first drone racing partnership in October 2017. 

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January 23, 2018

Spartan us championship race, super, sprint & kids race - april 14-15, 2018

Spartan Race, Inc will be hosting their US. Championship event April 14-15, 2018 at the Meadow Wood Equestrian Center in Snohomish. There’s nothing mediocre about the Super, the middle distance race. The Spartan Super offers the ideal blend between distance and speed. Offering racers a true athletic test. If you consider yourself a more seasoned athlete determined to push beyond excuses, you just might have the mettle for a Spartan Super. Serving up 24-29 Spartan Obstacles and 8-10 miles of rugged terrain, the Spartan Super spares no one. Developed as the second race in the Spartan Trifecta, the Super is where you prove to yourself you’ve got everything it takes to face the Beast. There will also be the Sprint and Kids Race that same weekend.

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Plan Your Event

Located in northwest Washington State, Snohomish (sno-HOH'-mish) County is nestled between the sparkling blue waters of Puget Sound and the rugged, snow-capped peaks of the Cascade Mountains.

Just 12 miles north of Seattle, less than 100 miles south of Vancouver, BC and a short ferry ride away from the San Juan Islands or Olympic Peninsula, Snohomish County is ideally situated for playing host to spectacular events like yours. We have some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, a unique natural habitat that provides unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation, and a host of venues for all types of events. Combine this with our complement of attractions, food, and lodging options, and it's the perfect place for your great idea to call home.


The Snohomish County Tourism Bureau is here to help:

Sports Events & Venues:

Tammy Dunn, Sports Development Director

425-348-5802 x102

Association, Tour & Travel Groups

Brad Zorich, Group Sales Manager

425-348-5802 x106

Snohomish County Tourism Bureau

888-338-0976 toll-free
425-348-5802 phone

6705 Puget Park Drive
Snohomish, WA 98296

Corporate, Social, Military, Educational, Religious and Fraternal Groups:

Ernest Matthews, Jr., Group Sales Manager

425-348-5802 x 107

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

Location: All projects must take place within Snohomish County limits. Reasonable proximity thereof and/or produce overnight stays at lodging properties within Snohomish County.

 

Acknowledgment: Any published collateral produced as a result of this funding shall prominently feature the following credit: Sponsored by the Snohomish County Tourism Promotion Area Fund.

 

Legality: All proposed projects must comply with the laws of the Federal Government, State of Washington, and Snohomish County.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

The project applications are due the 1st of each month, and must address the following specific areas:

 

  • Eligibility: Each applicant will concisely define the service to be provided and to demonstrate how it will do so. The project will be in compliance with state statutes and County ordinances governing the use of Tourism Promotion Area Funds, and will support the strategies in the 2018-2022 Strategic Tourism Plan.

 

  • Project Summary: The applicant will submit a scope of work, which describes the project in detail. Special consideration will be given to projects that result in overnight stays during off-season: January to May and September to December, as well as multiple hotel impact within the County.

 

  • Promotion & Marketing Plan: Will include a description of the plan to advertise, publicize, and distribute information for this project. Description should include who will be developing the marketing materials or promotions.

 

  • Time Line: The scope of work will include a time line indicating when each task will be undertaken and/or completed. Project funding is typically annual, multiyear projects will need to reapply each new calendar year, as needed.

 

  • Budget: The project budget will include both revenue and expense categories; all income (including in-kind) will be broken out by amount and source, and expenses will be itemized. (In-kind donations and matching amounts must note how the line item was calculated or estimated).

 

  • Reimbursement: TPA support for funded projects is provided on a reimbursement basis.  Proof of

         payment must be shown before reimbursement can be made by the County.

 

  • Reporting: Each funded project applicant will be required to submit a final report and invoice at the end of the project, and may be required to submit periodic progress reports during the course of the project. The final report will include tourism impacts including number of hotel room nights generated by the event. (Final report must be submitted no later than December 31, of the year project takes place.)  Click here for a link to the final report.

 

  • Contact Person: Each project application will designate a primary individual as the contact for the project. This individual will be the primary representative in dealings with the County.

 

  • Hotel References: Each project application will include the contact information from representatives of two lodging establishments located within Snohomish County; these contacts will serve as a reference for the project benefit to the lodging industry.

 

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Meeting Minutes

Click on date to the right, to view posted meeting minutes.

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The TPA Board meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month, from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Willis Tucker Park in Snohomish WA.

Meeting minutes are posted as they are approved by the TPA Board. 

January 16, 2018

February 20, 2018

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APPLY FOR FUNDING

Purpose

The purpose of these funds are to grow our tourism economy through visitor spending in Snohomish County by encouraging overnight stays. In turn, this will also increase retail, restaurant, transportation, attraction and other local spending. Annually, the travel industry generates more than 10,000 jobs and over one billion dollars in direct visitor spending in our County.

For our general and application requirements, please see Requirements tab above.

Eligible Expenditures

These funds are made available through the support of Snohomish County Lodging Businesses. For every applicable occupied room night, guests are assessed a small fee that is returned to Snohomish County. Pursuant to RCW 35.101 and Snohomish County Ordinance 10-112, revenue collected from this assessment must be used for activities and expenditures designed to increase tourism promotion and convention business, including but not limited to advertising and marketing materials, marketing and publicizing events, community development programs, bid fees, conference/ convention or trade shows, transportation costs, operation of a tourism destination marketing organization or otherwise distributing information for the purpose of attracting and welcoming tourists to Snohomish County that result in overnight stays. Alcohol is not an eligible TPA expense.

Who Can Apply?

The program is open to applications from public, non-profit or private entities with a demonstrated ability to create overnight stays for Snohomish County hotels.  Applications are due by the first of each month in order to be presented at the monthly meeting held on the third Tuesday of the month.

What we’d like to see more of:

  • Events in the hotel off-season
  • Conventions & Conferences
  • Large Sporting Events like the X-Games and Terracross
  • Creative Multi-Day Events Focused on Overnight Stays