UNIONTOWN, Pa., (Dec. 9, 2021) – Twenty-five Fayette County tourism-related businesses and organizations were awarded a combined total of $597,553 during a presentation today at the State Theatre Center for the Arts. Forty-five applications were submitted for this year’s program.

The annual Fayette County Tourism Grant Program is funded by revenues generated by the Fayette County Hotel Room Tax. Awards are granted annually on the basis of merit as determined by the Grant Review Committee and administered by the Fayette County Commissioners and GO Laurel Highlands, the county’s official destination marketing organization. Since the program’s inception, more than $5.7 million has been awarded in tourism grants. A complete list of grant recipients and their projects can be viewed online at www.golaurelhighlands.com/grants.

“This was a tremendous grant cycle for Fayette County,” said Ann Nemanic, Executive Director, GO Laurel Highlands. “Fayette County continues to remain strong with a broad collection of tourism assets and the array of lodging properties remains critical to the success of the grant program. The Fayette County Commissioners remain vigilant in their vision of growth for the county and having tourism as an integral part of their plan equates to success. Fayette has what visitors seek and with the awards presented we can be sure they will have an exemplary experience.” 

The Fayette County Tourism Grant Review Committee was comprised of Christopher Baran, Nemacolin; Tammy Stemson, McMillan Engineering; Warren Hughes, Fayette County resident; Sean Sypolt, Vice President of Business Services, Private Industry Council; and Ann Nemanic, Executive Director, GO LH.

About Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands
A magnificent mountainous region, the Laurel Highlands spans 3,000 square miles in southwestern Pennsylvania. Located an hour’s drive east of Pittsburgh, the beautiful four-season destination offers spectacular natural scenery, outstanding outdoor recreation, historic sites and attractions, family activities, and world-class resorts. Notable destinations within the region include four architectural masterpieces by Frank Lloyd Wright – Fallingwater®, Kentuck Knob, Mäntylä and Duncan House – Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Flight 93 National Memorial, Idlewild and Soak Zone, whitewater rafting in Ohiopyle State Park, and more.

Located within 200 miles of the major metropolitan areas of Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Cleveland, and Washington D.C., Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands can be easily accessed from exits 67, 75, 91, and 110 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Visitors to the Laurel Highlands can find information online at www.GoLaurelHighlands.com, calling 724.238.5661, www.facebook.com/laurelhighlandsPA and www.twitter.com/laurelhighlands. Established in 1958, GO Laurel Highlands, formerly known as Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau, is the official destination marketing organization for Fayette, Somerset, and Westmoreland counties in southwestern Pennsylvania.