A national volleyball championship and a fruit growers conference are the latest events to be approved funding through the city’s accommodation tax reserve.
City council approved a grant of $25,000 for Brandon University Athletics to host the 2016 Canadian Interuniversity Sports Women’s Volleyball Championship in March 2016. The grant is contingent on the event being officially awarded to Brandon.
BU must submit its bid by next month.
This would be Brandon’s first time hosting the high-profile championship tournament, which involves eight teams including the BU Bobcats.
“When factoring in practice time, meetings, the awards banquet and the actual championship, the event will span six days and generate 790 room nights,” states Sandy Trudel, the city’s director of economic development in her report to council.
The event provides BU and the City of Brandon an opportunity to showcase the community and its recreational facilities on a national stage, and potentially open the door to hosting future events, Trudel said.
City administration recommended a grant of $21,500, however council voted to provide the full $25,000 that was originally requested by BU Athletics.
“The exposure and the public relations for the university, for the athletics department and for the City of Brandon … it just can’t be measured,” said Coun. Jeff Harwood (University).
Council also approved a grant of $3,250 for the Prairie Fruit Growers Association to host the 2015 Manitoba Direct Farm Marketing Conference.
This event established its roots in Brandon in 1995 and was hosted here for many years. The last time the event was hosted in Brandon was approximately six years ago, after a decision was made to move the event around the province to attract a wider rural audience.
“With 2015 being the 20th anniversary of the conference, event organizers have decided to bring the event back ‘home’ to celebrate the successes they have had over the past number of years,” Trudel stated.
The two-day event attracts agri-tourism operators, market garden owners, fruit growers and farmers market vendors from across the province. The event is expected to generate 130 room nights in Brandon.
Both organizations will receive 40 per cent of the grant upfront, while the remainder is provided after a final report is received.
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