The Glen Rose City Council Monday evening approved two projects that have requested funding from the Glen Rose Economic Development Corp. - one that would create a mobile smart phone application for Dinosaur Valley State Park and another that would help bring the “largest and richest” ranch rodeo to Texas.
The LDL Educational Resource Foundation, a major benefactor to the state park, had applied for $7,500 to develop the smart phone app. It not only would allow visitors in person and remotely to take a virtual tour of Dinosaur Valley, but also would provide information about Glen Rose area attractions, restaurants, shops and other businesses.
Businesses would have to pay to advertise.
The Glen Rose Convention & Visitors Bureau also plans to participate, with links to lodging and attractions.
“It’s a good thing,” Councilman Bob Stricklin said. “It’s more and more the young people, this is what they go by.”
Councilwoman Sue Oldenburg pointed out that Dinosaur Valley would be the first state park in Texas to have such an app, which should generate attention and publicity in itself, she said.
Council members unanimously gave the project the go-ahead.
The second application by the CVB requested $30,000 in funds to bring the Resistol-sponsored Ranch Rodeo from Clovis, N.M., to Glen Rose.
Billy Huckaby, the CVB’s executive director, described the event as the “largest and richest ranch rodeo in the world.” It would involve 40 teams and award more than $100,000 in prize money.
Huckaby estimated its economic impact at $350,000 to $500,000 and noted that the event would be nationally televised.
“They agreed to pitch Glen Rose during the telecast,” he said.
The Texas governor’s office has set aside money for the purpose of attracting major events to Texas from other states, so the money expended by the GREDC would be reimbursed.
The council also unanimously approved the request. In both votes, council members Sandra Ramsay and Oldenburg abstained from voting since they also are members of the GREDC. It uses a portion of 4B sales tax revenues returned to the city by the state to fund economic development projects.