Nevada approves $300,000 in rural tourism promotion grants


CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Commission on Tourism has approved more than $300,000 for grants to promote tourism in the state’s rural areas.

The projects include an outdoor sculpture park near Beatty, a train and bike trail in Ely and television ads to promote Nevada’s Cowboy Country along the Interstate 80 corridor.

The $301,575 approved earlier this month by the state’s Rural Marketing Grants program is aimed at boosting overnight tourism stays and increasing local community tax revenue.

Lt. Gov. Kate Marshall is the chairwoman of the commission. She says tourism is vital for rural Nevada.