Washington County announced almost $100K in tourism investments

Luke Torrance
Pittsburgh Business Times

The Washington County Tourism Promotion Agency announced Tuesday that it was funding almost $100,000 in capital projects and marketing programs around the county.

The announcement of the approximately $99,657 in investments was held Tuesday at the SpringHouse, where the agency was joined by the Washington County Commissioners and representatives from the tourist attractions.

Among the largest investments were $25,000 toward the construction of a trolley platform shelter at the Washington County Fairgrounds for the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum; $20,000 for Washington County Family Entertainment's 2020 concert series, $12,135 for a 2020 promotional campaign for the Little Lake Theatre Company, and $10,000 to improve the handicapped parking area at the West Alexander Agricultural Association.

In announcing the funding, agency president Jeff Kotula said tourism brought in $700 million in direct visitor spending and supported nearly 6,000 jobs.

“Washington County’s economy is not only being driven by energy, education and advanced manufacturing, but by a strong tourism industry," he said in a statement. "These new investments in our tourism assets and attractions will support additional economic growth and increase our quality of life-attracting more leisure and business visitors as well as residents to our county."