The City of Miami, Oklahoma/Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau has been awarded a $40,000 Scenic Byways Grant from the Federal Highway Administration, according to a statement released today.

The grant will be used to develop and print 250,000 copies of a tri-state Route 66 travel guide covering Route 66 from Vinita to Carthage, Mo..  The booklet will highlight tourism sites along historic Route 66.

“The City of Miami is pleased to have served as a funding conduit for this first three-state cooperative regional tourism promotional effort along historic Route 66,”  said Huey P. Long, Miami City Manager. 

The local match of $10,000 comes from the Vinita Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, City of Baxter Springs, Kan., City of Galena, Kan., Cherokee County, Kan., City of Joplin, Mo., Convention and Visitors Bureau, Carterville, Mo., Route 66 Committee and the City of Webb City, Mo. The project calls for the printing of 250,000 guides to be circulated throughout the region.

“I am amazed at the tremendous support of our neighboring tri-state communities along Route 66.  Cities and counties, without exception, in the three state area now realize the tremendous national and international interest in the historic route.  Working together, we can all benefit from increased tourism dollars resulting from the tourism promotion,” Long said.

The University of Oklahoma Scenic Byways Program is administering the project in association with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.  Graphic design services for the brochure will be provided by the Oklahoma Scenic Byways Program.  The project represents the first tri-state cooperative promotional effort funded by the Byways Program.

For more information, contact Larry R. Eller, Community Development Director at 918-541-2236.