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Sep. 23, 2010
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a $20,000 grant to Garrett County to conduct a study of tourism at Deep Creek Lake, allowing local residents, businesses, and government to better plan for future development in the area, according to U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Benjamin L. Cardin. In addition to ARC funds, local sources will provide $20,000.
“This federal funding will help Garrett County boost its tourism and its economy,” Mikulski said. “This funding is a federal investment in jobs today and jobs tomorrow in western Maryland. I’m so proud that Garrett County will be able to use these funds to continue to develop and grow.”
The ARC funds will be used to study lake visitors by demographic and season, analyze second home/rental property revenues, and define spending by category and season at lake-area businesses. It is anticipated that the information will provide a better understanding of the lake’s economic importance and provide a framework for future allocations to protect and preserve this environmental asset.