CLARKSDALE, Miss. — The Delta Bridge Project (DBP) recently announced an award of $80,000 to Clarksdale’s Rock “N” Blues Museum. The grant will allow the museum to expand their hours of operation and market the popular cultural tourism site with the intent to serve more Clarksdale visitors.
“This is great news,” said museum owner Theo Dasbach. “This will help push us in the right direction by helping the museum grow, as well as energizing the tourism based economy of the area.”
Tourism, which is inextricably linked to economic development, is a major priority of the Delta Bridge Project, a community driven comprehensive development initiative. As tourism studies have shown, communities with a variety of activities for visitors will entice them to stay longer and spend more money locally, which makes the support of such sites as the Rock “N” Blues Museum a strong community investment.
“This grant will help the museum stay open longer and welcome more visitors to our community,” said Lois Erwin, Senior Community Development Officer for Southern Bancorp Community Partners, an organization that facilitates the Delta Bridge Project in Coahoma County. “This museum has already become an integral part of our cultural tourism offerings, and with this funding, they can extend their reach – and the economic impact on Coahoma County.”
To learn more about the Delta Bridge Project, visit http://www.deltabridgeproject.com/coahomacounty.
To learn more about the Rock “N” Blues Museum, visit http://www.blues2rock.com.
The Delta Bridge Project is a community-led effort that unifies citizens to spur development in the Delta region. Since 2010, it has helped leverage over $3 million in new investments for Coahoma County, Mississippi. www.deltabridgeproject.com