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Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2003
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Subject: DOC Announces 2003 MDCP Grant Award Competition Details

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An information service from the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries
http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/
U.S. International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce

03/19/2003

DOC Announces 2003 MDCP Grant Award Competition Details

Contact: Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, Linda Harbaugh
E-mail: otti@trade.gov
Web: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov
Phone: (202) 482-0140, Fax: (202) 482-2887

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce released the schedule for this year's Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) grant award competition. This year, the applications will be due on May 15,2003. For further information on the schedule or for an application, please go to the MDCP website at:

http://www.ita.doc.gov/td/mdcp

An MDCP kick-off meeting is planned for April 4, 2003 at 10:00 am in Washington D.C. to discuss the program and application preparation. Your participation is highly recommended. For more information on this meeting please refer to the MDCP website.

The tourism industry has benefited by more than a million dollars from these grants in the past. In 1998, Travel South USA was an award recipient. In 2002 the Western States Tourism Policy Council was awarded a grant from the MDCP.

The Office of Travel and Tourism Industries would like to encourage travel and tourism organizations to apply for this year's awards as well. OTTI will keep you posted on any new developments in the MDCP program.

For Further Information Contact:

Brad Hess, Manager,
Market Development Cooperator Program
U.S. Department of Commerce
14th & Constitution Ave. N.W., Room 3209
Washington, DC 20230
Telephone: (202) 482-2969
Fax: (202) 482-4462
http://www.ita.doc.gov/td/mdcp

The Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, along with the U.S. Commercial Service will be happy to assist you with market background and plan suggestions in applying for this grant, as long as it is within the official MDCP guidelines. You are encouraged to use these resources to show the public/private partnership links. Please visit the ITA web sites as well when developing your proposals. OTTI suggests you go to:

1. http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/
2. http://www.usatrade.gov/
3. https://trade.gov/industry/
4. http://www.ita.doc.gov

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U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 7025
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(202) 482-0140, fax: (202) 482-2887
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