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Oakley-Lindsay Center hopes to attract more events to Quincy

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Oakley Lindsay Center officials said they have a new plan to help bring more events to Quincy. They said those events could equal big profit for local businesses, like restaurants and hotels.

OLC officials said they're expanding a 2015 grant program to encourage groups to bring more events here to the civic center.

Oakley Lindsay Center officials said since the introduction of the tourism grant program, over $50,000 have been given to organizations to bring events to the city.

Now, they're looking to grow that program by providing funds to the organizations that manage to bring larger state and regional conferences to the area.

"If they're gonna do the work, we have started this past year at the civic center budgeting 5-thousand dollars that would be used for a new grant that is geared at the local chapter to put money in their coffers for hosting an event that comes to Quincy," said executive director Rob Ebbing.

They said up to $2,000 can be out back towards the coffers of local non-profit organizations and services who manage to fill more beds in local motels and hotels.

Tourism officials said, on average, people who spend the night in Quincy spend an average of $250 with hotel, shopping, and dining.

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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