There is just something special about the month of September. The first day of fall happens this month, daylight hours become shorter and cooler, kids are back in school, apples are everywhere, and we can’t wait to get around our first bonfire of the season. I hope that you are feeling the anticipation of autumn just as I am.
With autumn, also comes the Kansas Tourism Conference. The entire Kansas Tourism staff is excited to be in Liberal, Oct 18-20. #KTC21 will be full of educational and motivational speakers to help you in your job of marketing Kansas to visitors. During one of the sessions, Kansas Tourism will be updating you on what we have been doing and sharing next steps. The conference is a great example of the partnership between Kansas Tourism and TIAK. I hope to see you there.
I am getting lots of questions on the state non-competitive EDA American Rescue Plan Act dollars. We are working through the process with EDA to determine how those dollars will be used to their maximum potential and I will share those details with you as soon as we can. If you need more information on the EDA competitive grants, the August 11 Virtual Huddle is a great place to start.
One last thing to mention. I hope you will stop by the Kansas Tourism booth in the Pride of Kansas Building during the State Fair, Sept 10-19 in Hutchinson. We will have some To The Stars merchandise and KANSAS! Magazine subscriptions for sale, plus lots of free information on things to do in Kansas.
Keep up the good work.
To The Stars.