What if the CVB gave money to artists?
8.4 Million tax dollars next year will be given to the CVB in Hamilton County, Tennessee (hotel/motel tax dollars). If a fraction of this, let's say 25%, were given directly to artists, it would be far more effective than television ads. Here's my ideas on how the CVB could distribute the money:
1. Fund art projects for every artist who asks for help and boost their content.
The CVB could give more small grants to artists. We have global reach. Boost local, reach global.
2. Give artists free housing in Hamilton County.
Yes, give artists housing. Free emerging artists from the burden of rising rent costs in Chattanooga. Gentrification is pushing us out of Hamilton County. We can and must stop this now.