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New Million Dollar Challenge Partners Announced

11/25/2008
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PIERRE, S.D. – The Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board has approved six new partners for the Governor’s Million Dollar Challenge matching grant program.
Participants in the Million Dollar Challenge submitted application forms to the Office of Tourism for approval. Members of the Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board then reviewed the proposals and, after careful consideration, recommended to approve these cooperative efforts. 
New partners include:
  • Four Bands Community Fund/Native Discovery, Eagle Butte, SD
  • Casey Tibbs Foundation, Fort Pierre, SD
  • Montongator Joe’s Country Music Festival, Madison, SD
  • The World’s Only Corn Palace, Mitchell, SD
  • Sisseton Promotion Board, Sisseton, SD
  • The King Tut Exhibit, Goss Opera House and Gallery, Watertown, SD
The proposals were approved with the understanding that the partners will provide matching funds in a cooperative marketing program and follow specified guidelines. Additionally, each cooperative project has been assigned a Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board liaison to work with the organization, as well as a primary contact staff member from the Office of Tourism.
There are still funds available for the Governor’s Million Dollar Challenge. Applications will continue to be accepted until 100% of the funds are allocated. The deadline for the next review period is January 6, 2009. Potential partners may submit applications and proposals to the Office of Tourism at the following address:
Nicole Gall, Visitor & Industry Relations Manager
Governor’s Million Dollar Challenge
South Dakota Office of Tourism
711 E. Wells Avenue
Pierre, SD57501
The Governor’s Million Dollar Challenge program is a part of Goal 1 of the 2010 initiative to double visitor spending in South Dakota. The Office of Tourism serves under the direction of RichardBenda, Secretary of the Department of Tourism and State Development.
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Media Note: More information regarding the Governor’s Million Dollar Challenge may be found at http://www.sdvisit.com/programs/million/index.asp.