CUSTER COUNTY–All of Custer County’s treasurers will soon be highlighted in an all new online format. A website designed to promote local tourism will include events, attractions, funding opportunities, and other helpful information regarding Custer County.
Custer County Tourism Visitors Committee representatives Rick Maas, Lance Bristol, and Cheryl Carson told KCNI/KBBN that their job is to promote the area and distribute grant money received from the Custer County Board of Supervisors. That money comes from local lodging taxes and is used to bring people to central Nebraska.
“That’s probably the most important thing we do is promote Custer County; to get people to come to Custer County, and spend your money here,” Lance Bristol said.
CusterTourism.com will feature tabs for each individual community and will include links to other existing websites. Information regarding lodging, events, activities, places to eat and get fuel, museums, and history about the area will be available to visitors as well as Custer County residents.
“There was really no website dedicated to Custer County as a whole,” Carson said.
Carson added that the tourism visitors committee wanted each community to have a voice online in order to locally promote Nebraska’s third leading industry–tourism.
“We knew that we needed to get a presence online for Custer County as far as the tourism. And that’s what our goal was to eventually get around to developing something that gave each communtiy a voice so to speak on the Internet,” Carson said.
The new website–scheduled to launch soon–will still include tourism grant applications. Rick Maas wants to remind the public that October 31 is the next deadline for the upcoming round of tourism grant requests. These grants are available to not only help improve visitor attractions and facilities within the county, but to also attract visitors to use those facilities. Past tourism visitors committee projects include updating the ball fields in Sargent, flags in Callaway, signage in Arnold, and various fairgrounds projects among others.