Clark County Convention Facilities Authority
The Clark County Convention Facilities Authority exists to stimulate and assist Clark County venues in the enhancement, promotion and marketing of Clark County as a destination. The objective of the CFA is to assist hospitality venues. The program is structured to offer funding assistance to venues that, because of their own merit, can eventually grow and succeed without financial assistance from this program. The CFA is funded by a 3% accommodations tax levied by countywide accommodations (hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts), authorized under ORC section 351.01. The average annual income to the CFA is approximately $300,000.
The Clark County Convention Facilities Authority provides funding assistance to public and/or not-for-profit organizations that require assistance to pay for existing facilities, new construction, expansion, repair and enhancement of a facility that directly targets growing the tourism economy in Clark County, Ohio through overnight stays.
The Clark County Convention Facilities Authority reviews grant requests annually from January 1 through April 15th.
Funding decisions are made by the Board of Directors of the Clark County Convention Facilities Authority based solely on the venues which meet the criteria of the legislation and an applicant’s ability and intent to attract visitors to generate hotel/motel room nights from outside Clark County.
Click to access Grant Application - Next Grant Cycle: January 1 through April 15, 2017 (for 2018 Grant Funding)
Clark County Convention Facilities Authority – Board of Directors
By law, the CFA Board is appointed by Clark County (6 members), the City of Springfield (3 members) and by the mayors of Clark County's cities and villages (2 members). All Board members are volunteers and receive no compensation for their service.
Charles Ingle, Ingle-Bachmann, LLC
Chairman of the Board
John Maurer, Esterline & Sons
Heather Corbin, Huntington Bank
Dan Young, Young's Jersey Dairy
Jim Gay, Villages in Clark County
Mike McDorman, Greater Springfield Chamber
Joan Elder, Community Health Foundation
John Young, Wittenberg University
Donald Wallace, The Wallace Farm
Rob Rue, Littleton & Rue
Funding for the Tourism Community (2012 through 2019)
The Clark County Convention Facilities Authority was formed in October 2009. Since then, the following tourism venues and facilities have received grant funding:
- Rotary Club of Springfield - $5,000
- Community LED Billboard - $575,738
- Clark State Hollenbeck-Bayley Arts & Conference Center - $50,000
- Ohio Equine Association/Champions Center - $1,291,905
- Westcott House - $257,750
- Clark County Fairgrounds - $543,000
- Springfield Museum of Art - $18,500
- National Road Commons Convention District/Park - $10,000
- Clark County Heritage Center - $120,854
- Springfield Arts Council - $102,000
- Center City Association - $42,500
- Cooperative Marketing with Convention & Visitors Bureau - $70,850
- Combined Arts Group - $5,000
- Smith Park Amphitheatre - $10,000
- NTPRD Ice Arena - $125,000
- Wittenberg University - $375,000
- Southern Gateway Economic Development Study - $4,500