Arlette Ledbetter, tourism director for the Town of Pahrump, received the top grant writing award for rural tourism at the VolunTourism Awards Dinner in Fallon on April 11.
The annual VolunTourism Awards Dinner is part of Rural Roundup, an annual conference organized by the Nevada Division of Tourism, known as TravelNevada, to support the state’s rural tourism industry.
Ledbetter was awarded the 2019 Statewide Excellence in Grants for “her superb skill in writing and managing grants.”
“(Arlette Ledbetter) only asks for what she needs, answers all the questions fully, backs up her requests with data and everything in her budget is always spot on,” said Shari Bombard, rural programs manager for the state’s Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs. “What is even more impressive is how she handles things after the grant is awarded. She, along with the town’s financial assistant Carla (Yoder), always has everything in order. Their follow-through, attention to detail, and timeliness is unparalleled.”
Ledbetter has helped secure Pahrump Tourism approximately 75 grants since 2012 totaling nearly $370,000.
“Some of the matching grants include travel/trade shows such as the Quartzsite RV and Travel Show which brings hundreds of RVer's to our community each year,” Ledbetter said. “We also partner with Travel Nevada for shows like the LA Times Travel Show to increase visitation to Pahrump.”
Ledbetter said other grant projects include a variety of print and digital marketing, familiarization (FAM) tours with influencers, agents and operators. Past projects have included website development for VisitPahrump.com , video production, public relations and brochure design and printing.
Ledbetter also credited Yoder as a “key member assisting with the financial reporting” essential for securing grant funding.
Photo courtesy of TravelNevada: From left, Lt. Gov. Kate Marshall, chairwoman of the Nevada Commission on Tourism; Ledbetter; Shari Bombard, rural programs manager for the state’s Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs; and Pam Robinson, member, Nevada Commission on Tourism.