MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin’s tourism and entertainment businesses, hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, are getting some financial help to recover.
Gov. Tony Evers said Thursday more than $140 million in federal grant money will be available for the lodging industry, movie theaters, live event venues, minor league sports and other entertainment and tourism businesses.
The grants from the federal economic stimulus bill passed by Congress earlier this year will be administered by the Wisconsin Department of Administration and Department of Revenue.
The lodging industry will receive $75 million in funding, with $12 million reserved for small businesses that host live events and about $11 million for movie theaters.
Shank Hall in Milwaukee is one of the many entertainment venues who will receive funds. Owner Peter Jest joined Wisconsin’s Morning News to discuss how the money will help and also preview their reopening after 15 months. Listen in the player above.