CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau wants to team up with another area bureau to make it easier to give money for events in Kanawha County.
Members of the Charleston bureau's board agreed Wednesday to pursue a mutual grant program with the Central West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau. The grant program would combine the two bureaus' budgets for events in Kanawha County.
Under the grant program, the Central West Virginia bureau would contribute $108,000, and the Charleston bureau would contribute $100,000.
The joint program could keep local groups from hitting up both bureaus for funds and getting offended when they don't get the money, said John Robertson, head of the Charleston CVB finance committee.
"We have some groups that feel an entitlement," said Robertson, general manager of the Charleston Civic Center.
The Central West Virginia bureau would administer the grants, and the Charleston bureau would educate applicants about the new process -- which should benefit everyone, said Alisa Bailey, president of the Charleston CVB.
Also Wednesday, Bailey outlined the bureau's goals for the fiscal year, which began July 1. Part of the bureau's plan is to redesign its website, and the bureau has put out a request for proposals for the project.
"Our whole strategy is going to be based on this website rehabilitation," Bailey said.
Bailey said the number of unique visitors to the website in May and June hovered under 8,000. She called that "abysmal."