Convention and Visitors Advisory Board updates 2012 budget

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Convention and Visitors Advisory Board had its monthly meeting Monday afternoon at the Walton Building.  Led by chair Scott Cristal, the 14 board members discussed updates to their fiscal year 2012 budget.

  • The board unanimously approved a $10,000 grant for the 2012 Missouri and Illinois District Swimming Championships.  For the third year in a row, the Barracuda Swim Club will help host the event at the Mizzou Aquatic Center.  Last year, the two-day meet generated a profit of about $8,000.  In March 2012, more than 800 people are expected to make their way to Columbia to support about 20 swim teams.  The club hopes to work with local businesses to prepare for an increase in demand for accommodations, entertainment and food. 
  • The board unanimously approved the 2012 signature series events package.  Eight local events, including True/False Film Festival and Bike MS, are part of the package, which recognizes cultural enhancements to the Columbia area and awards grants for this purpose.  The package will now be sent to the City Council for review.

The next advisory board meeting will be Nov. 28.

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