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June 18, 2008

DOC Announces FY 2008 MDCP Grant Award Competition Details

On June 17, 2008 the U.S. Department of Commerce published in the Federal Register the announcement for this year's Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) grant award competition. This year, the applications will be due on July 31, 2008. For further information on the schedule, how to apply, help links, or for an application, please go to the MDCP website at: http://www.ita.doc.gov/mdcp/

An MDCP kick-off meeting is planned for Tuesday June 24, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. (EDT) in the Herbert C. Hoover Building, 14th and Constitution Avenue N.W., in Washington D.C. to discuss the program and application preparation. Those who are interested in participating via teleconference should call 888-390-8568. Your participation is highly recommended. For more information on this meeting and the confirmation number for teleconferencing please refer to the MDCP website.

Travel and tourism grant applications will be in competition with all other sectors of the U.S. economy. On the MDCP web site pages, past award winners are announced, and there are numerous links that provide detailed information to assist you in the development of your proposal. The tourism industry has had several grants awards. Travel South USA, the Los Angeles Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Western States Tourism Policy Council, and Mountain South, USA were all awarded grants from the MDCP.

The Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI) would like to encourage travel and tourism organizations to apply for this year's awards as well.

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 are available for limited background related assistance with market background and plan suggestions 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 that you review the Commerce resources available to assist you in the market when applying for a Commerce grant. OTTI suggests you go to:

    1. http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/
    2. http://trade.gov/cs/
    3. http://www.buyusa.gov/eme/tra.html
    4. http://www.trade.gov/mas/
    5. http://www.ita.doc.gov