The grant – awarded through the Sinema and Kelly-shaped American Rescue Plan – supports tourism recovery initiatives in Bisbee, Arizona
WASHINGTON – Arizona Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly today announced a $4.5 million grant awarded to the City of Bisbee to boost tourism as the industry recovers from the pandemic.
“Arizona’s tourism industry fuels our economy. Today’s funds will boost Bisbee’s tourism as they continue recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic – creating hundreds of jobs, enhancing outdoor recreation, and generating economic growth,” said Sinema.
“These long-overdue upgrades will help create safe, reliable sidewalks and bike paths for residents and visitors in Bisbee to support local jobs and tourism,” said Kelly.
The funding will build a new shared-use path for pedestrians and cyclists as part of the Cochise County segment of the Sun Corridor Trail, revitalizing and better-connecting the community.
Secured through the American Rescue Plan, which was shaped by Sinema and Kelly, the grant focuses on boosting outdoor recreation initiatives that will support Bisbee tourism’s continued recovery from the pandemic. Achieving 92% recovery to pre-pandemic levels, Arizona has experienced a higher tourism recovery rate than the rest of the United States. Sinema and Kelly’s grant will fuel additional growth to surpass pre-pandemic tourism levels.
The investment will be matched with $49,863 in local funds and, according to grantee estimates, is expected to create 233 jobs, retain 92 jobs, and generate $2.8 million in private investment.