£10 MILLION WINDFALL FOR DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY FROM MAJOR EVENTS SUPPORTED BY THE COUNCIL

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInDumfries and Galloway’s major festivals and events are one of the outstanding success stories of the region. That is the clear message being sent out by the regional partners who are delivering the Council led Major Festivals and Events Strategy 2014-2017.The investment provided by the Strategy is producing superb economic results from a host of high profile festivals, the Council can report.The Wigtown Book Festival, Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival, Spring Fling, Big Burns Supper and the Eden Festival are all reporting increasing numbers of visitors and economic impacts for the wider economy. All of these events are becoming stronger financially through the revenues they are securing and the market niches they are carving out within Scotland and the UK.The funded events of the strategy created a £10m windfall for the region from visitor and events expenditure in 2014, evaluation reports show, and 2015 will create a similar return. The figures demonstrate a superb return on the Council’s annual investment of £250,000 p.a.The forthcoming International Sheep Dog Trials, September 10-12 at Meikleholm Farm, will see a new influx of 10,000 plus visitors descend upon Annandale and Eskdale this Autumn. These visitors are expected to create a £1m plus spending boost.Spring Fling, the region wide open artists’ studio weekend continues to be a superb showcase for regional artists and attracts flocks of visitors. The event was worth more than £1.4m to the area this year with enthusiasts spending £262, 940 in the 95 participating studios. More than five and a half thousand people planned a trip to Dumfries and Galloway in May of this year specifically to visit Spring Fling.Councillor Colin Smyth, the Local Authority’s Events Champion said;The Council’s targeted investment since we adopted the Major Festivals and Events Strategy in November 2013 is developing for our region a rich seam of nationally and internationally significant festivals and events, that are sustainable for the foreseeable future. These events add to our quality of life and help agencies such as VisitScotland successfully market South West Scotland.We are fully mindful of the knowledge and skills events organisations in Dumfries and Galloway possess, and which they put to fantastic creative use, and the good fortune we have to benefit from such a strong relationship with agencies such as EventScotland the Holywood Trust. The £10m plus financial windfall for Dumfries and Galloway we are announcing for 2014 demonstrates a superb return on public sector investment from our grant support. The Strategy is a cornerstone of our work to bring economic benefit to the region and to concentrate on activities that develop our economy.There are many more great events projects in the pipeline and the Council is determined to make Dumfries and Galloway the best rural location for major festivals and events in Scotland. Our signature events are an outstanding success story for the region.”VisitScotland Regional Director Paula McDonald said;“The extensive and diverse range of high-quality events and festivals hosted throughout Dumfries & Galloway plays a major part in attracting visitors to the region and showcasing its incredible scenery, inspiring heritage, wonderful attractions and the amazing range of things there are to see and experience here. The value to the region’s tourism industry of a lively, engaging events and festivals programme is huge and we recognise that continued investment in that is critical to continued economic success and growth and are committed to supporting that through EventScotland funding.We are delighted that Dumfries and Galloway Council has measured the impact of the investment made into the 2014 events programme and the superb return which this has achieved, and congratulate the Council and all of the events’ organisers involved who have worked so hard to deliver such great results for Dumfries and Galloway. We look forward to seeing many more successes as the exciting 2015 events calendar continues to roll out.”Photo attached – Cllr Colin Smyth, the Council’s Events Champion, promotes the forthcoming Lockerbie Jazz Festival, Sheepdog Trials and Pack Up Your Troubles Festival. The Council has announced that major events are worth £10m to the regional economy each year.The Council monitors the financial, visitor and economic impacts of festivals and events funded through the Major Festivals and Events Strategy, 2014-2017. The very noticeable trend is of visitor growth across a clear majority of events.Key results include;Spring Fling has increased its economic impact for the regional economy from £1,084,723 in 2013 to £1,428, 897in 2015. Total visitor numbers to studios increased from 11,948 in 2013 to 13,206 in 2015 and the spend recorded in participating artists’ and craftmakers studios rose from £198,154 to £262,940 in the same two year period.The Wigtown Book Festival (delivered by the Wigtown Festival Trust) is committed to 7% increases in ticket sales and overall economic impact in the period 2014-2016. It met these targets in 2014 – The Festival attracted 7093 unique ticket purchasing visitors who bought a total of 14, 267 tickets. Visitors are now staying longer in Dumfries and Galloway, up to an average of 3.7 days per visitor coming to the Festival from outwith Dumfries and Galloway. 57% of all ticket purchasing visitors are from outwith the region. The Festival is now responsible for creating an economic impact each year of more than £2.3m.Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival saw audience numbers rise by a whopping 47% in 2015 – up to 5186 from 3524 in 2014. Total ticket sales rose from £19,229 to £30,379.Big Burns Supper saw a big increase in ticket sales and economic impact to the regional economy in 2015 and generates £10 for the economy for every £1 of DGC funding – its economic impact in 2015 was £436,000.The Eden Festival has superb growth potential. In 2015, aided by financial support from the Council, 30% more visitors took in the Festival in comparison to 2014.The 2014 World Curling Championships in Dumfries created a total economic impact of £894,269 (recorded via an economic impact study conducted by Ekos – an economic development consultancy) and the World Championship Ice Hockey tournaments the Council hosts all create a minimum economic impact of £170,000 to the regional economy – generated by £35,000 of grant expenditure on these World Championships by the Council.The Council is currently undertaking a joint study with the Wickerman Festival into its economic impacts, growth potential and competitive positioning. Past evidence suggests that the Festival is worth a minimum of £3m per annum to the regional economy and helps attract many thousands of new visitors to our region each year.last_img read more

Custom MMIC Receives Outstanding Performance Award from Lockheed Martin

first_imgLockheed Martin awarded Custom MMIC an outstanding performance award for their exemplary work in helping Lockheed deliver crucial missions to their customers. Lockheed Martin recognized 27 small business suppliers that made exemplary contributions to its Missiles and Fire Control business area’s products and services in 2018. For more than 20 years, Lockheed Martin has celebrated small business suppliers’ successful efforts in providing quality goods and services and outstanding support.Paul Blount, President and CEO of Custom MMIC, and Charlie Trantanella, Chief Scientist, attended the award ceremony and accepted the award on behalf of the Custom MMIC team. Custom MMIC offers both hands-on design through testing services, and a growing library of system-ready designs. They are experienced in GaAs, GaN, SiC, InP, and InGaP HBT and have established relationships with the leading foundries in these technologies. They specialize in RF through millimeter-wave circuits for satellite communications, radar systems, cellular infrastructure, consumer electronics, VSAT, and point-to-point radio systems.last_img read more

Thursday soccer roundup: Whitehall pulls out a win, Mona Shores gets a conference victory

first_img Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Ads by Amazon $0.00 Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Not relevant Shares Other ENDS IN Add Comments (Max 320 characters) $15.29$17.99 Not relevant Share $49.95 50PC Disposable Face MàSc/Mack Anti-Dust … (17612) × ENDS IN (31628) Displayed poorly × Inappropriate / Offensive LocalSportsJournal.comThe Whitehall girls soccer team took a two-goal lead, lost it, then got a late goal to defeat Fruitport 3-2 in a tight non-conference battle on Thursday.Maggie Evans had two goals for Whitehall while Emma Thompson had one. Kacy Jeffries and Rileigh Thommen each had an assist.The Vikings are now 6-2 on the season.O-K BLACKMONA SHORES 6, KENOWA HILLS 1 –  A second-half surge made the difference for the Sailors.Bri Wade recorded Mona Shores’ only first half goal, with the assist coming from Julia Tierman. Nora Brown scored two second-half goals for the Sailors while Caitlin McCombs, Annie Anderson and Tierman each had one apiece. Tierman, Wade, Emilee Carlson, Madelyn Anderson, Mieke Hart and Sydney Fetters each had assists.Mona Shores is now 5-1-2 overall and 5-0 in the o-K Black.NON-CONFERENCERAVENNA 1, GRANT 1 – Isabel Hammond recorded the lone goal for Ravenna with Pilar Ibanez getting the assist. Ravenna goalkeeper Bailey Walker recorded 11 saves. The Bulldogs are now 6-4-1 overall and 2-2 in the conference.FREMONT 0, SHELBY 0 – Despite outshooting Shelby 16-1, the Fremont girls soccer team was unable to find the back of the net Thursday night. Goalkeeper Lexi Schultz recorded all 16 saves for Shelby while Audrie Johnson made the one save for FremontFremont is now 4-2-3 overall and Shelby is 1-5-2.FRUITPORT CALVARY CHRISTIAN 2, AVIATION ACADEMY 2 – Fruitport Calvary took the lead with a goal from Madison Hoofman, assisted by Bree Johnson. Aviation scored twice to take the lead into halftime. Johnson scored the tying goal in the second half, with an assist from Emily May. Goalkeeper Jordan Miller had six saves for Calvary, which is now 5-1-1 overall and 1-1-1 in conference play. Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Inappropriate / Offensive Report a problem This item is… $37.99 Bestseller Displayed poorly Shop Now $0.00 Other The League Other Inappropriate / Offensive Not relevant Displayed poorly (7802) Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. $9.99 (822) × Displayed poorly Other MIRITY Women Racerback Sports Bra… (2) ENDS IN Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Displayed poorly 0 Report a problem This item is… DEAL OF THE DAY ENDS IN Report a problem This item is… Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. $0.00 DEAL OF THE DAY Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. × Fox Sports Go Bestseller Displayed poorly Displayed poorly Other Other Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Inappropriate / Offensive Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Report a problem This item is… Report a problem This item is… Mail × Share Twelve Displayed poorly (34271) DEAL OF THE DAY DEAL OF THE DAY DEAL OF THE DAY Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Not relevant DEAL OF THE DAY Other Inappropriate / Offensive Inappropriate / Offensive (657) Not relevant Not relevant $14.99$18.00 Other Inappropriate / Offensive Report a problem This item is… ENDS IN Bestseller Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. × DEAL OF THE DAY Report a problem This item is… (117) Bestseller Add Comments (Max 320 characters) NBC Sports The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extr… Inappropriate / Offensive ENDS IN × × Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Bestseller Report a problem This item is… ENDS IN Bestseller Not relevant ENDS IN Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Not relevant Bestseller Bestseller DEAL OF THE DAY FOX Sports: Stream live NFL, College Footbal… Ads by Amazonlast_img read more