Convention bureau awards two grants

DULUTH -- The Southern Railway Museum in Duluth and an upcoming sculpture tour in Suwanee have been allotted funding from the Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The GCVB recently announced its tourism grants, a program now in its 10th year that provides funding for tourism-related and tourism product development, with a focus on drawing in overnight visitors to Gwinnett County. The program has distributed more than $150,000 in tourism grants since its inception.

This year, the Southeastern Railway Museum will receive $1,000 to assist with the first phase of the its newest attraction, a miniature train project. The museum anticipates the project will be up and running in December.

This year, tourism product development was added to the grant program, allowing the Suwanee SculpTour to be a recipient of $4,000 in grant money. The tour will consist an exhibit of original outdoor sculptures that will be displayed year-round, with approximately 15 to 25 pieces displayed for one year on a walkable route through downtown Suwanee.

The city expects the artwork to be installed this fall or next spring.