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Visitor and Convention Bureau to hold contest

Posted: Friday, November 9, 2012

The Huntington County Visitor and Convention Bureau announced the kickoff of their “Destination Downtown” contest to help in the development of Historic Downtown Huntington. The Visitor Bureau will be selecting one winner to receive a year’s free rent in its adjoining building located at 401 N. Jefferson Street, on the corner of Market and Jefferson Streets, and will also receive a free one year membership to the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce.

The purpose of the contest is to help strengthen the development of the downtown as a destination for visitors. Businesses that appeal to tourists include unique retail shops, charming gift shops, food offerings, arts and crafts, antique stores and more. Tina Bobilya, executive director of the Huntington County Visitor Bureau, stated, “When people from out-of-town visit Huntington they are looking for unique retail shops and eateries specifically in the downtown area. We want to give one such business owner a year of free rent to help get them started on the path to success.”

The contest is open to new and existing businesses and entrants do not need to reside within Huntington County. Interested parties will need to complete a pre-application due by Wednesday, January 9, 2013. The board of the Visitor Bureau will select a small pool of finalists who will be asked to present an in-depth business plan for final consideration. One winner will be selected from these finalists and announced by Friday, March 1, 2013.

“We have heard of these types of contests being done in other markets and we felt this was a great way to utilize our corner building downtown,” stated Rich Najuch, board president of the Huntington County Visitor Bureau. He continued, “We are in a unique position of having a vacant storefront and with our mission of growing tourism for the county it became apparent to us that we had a great opportunity to help incubate a new business. We are dedicated to developing our downtown as a thriving tourist destination and the addition of more retail and unique shops are key to the success of our community.”

The information packet and application are available online at www.visithuntington.org. Please contact the Huntington County Visitor and Convention Bureau at (260) 359-8687 or (800) 848-4282 for questions.