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Two new billboard designs promoting visiting Clintonville have been designed and contracted for construction.
Tourism funds that are generated from collection of room tax on overnight stays at city hotel and motels will cover the cost of the billboards. The new billboards are located on Highway 22/45 just south of the city of Clintonville and on U.S. Highway 45 south of the Highway 45/15 intersection near New London.
The U.S. 45 billboard has been in place for several weeks and the second one will go up shortly.
Alderwoman Mary-Beth Kuester, a Tourism Committee member, worked with the billboard companies to develop the new designs that feature a DC3 airplane named the City of Clintonville that is planned for the Aviation Heritage Museum, a FWD fire truck and a view of Main Street.
Tourists are reminded that the city of Clintonville offers a variety of specialty shopping, lodging, annual festivals, parks and museums to visit.
The billboards will be in place through the next phase of Main Street reconstruction scheduled for 2017. A number of local businesses reported that in spite of the 2015 Main Street reconstruction and detour of State 22, Main Street business was up.
The Tourism Committee hopes that promotional efforts like the billboards will continue to attract motorists, tourists and shoppers to Clintonville.
The U.S. 45 location is new this year and although it is a premium site, the committee was able to secure it at the same rate as the previous location.
The Tourism Marketing and Advertising Committee considers requests for funding for projects and events that bring visitors to the city, especially events that result in overnight bookings at the local hotels. Acting Mayor Lois Bressette, Sue Aschliman, Joe Lamia and Clintonville City Administrator Chuck Kell serve on the committee in addition to Kuester.
Additional information and applications for tourism funding can be obtained from Kell, who also stressed the fact that the tourism fund consists strictly of room tax collections on overnight hotel stays and does not involve the use of local tax money paid by city taxpayers on their homes and real estate.