The Jackson County Area Tourism Association last week at its annual meeting awarded eight grants to businesses and organizations that work to attract visitors to the area. In the JCATA mini-grant program’s five-year existence, it has awarded more than $21,500. A record 16 applicants submitted proposals this year. Grants awarded for 2019 totaled $5,059. Grant recipients and JCATA officials include: (First Row) Wendy McCartt, Maquoketa Chamber of Commerce; and Mary Kay and Jim Sorensen, Iowa Grape Vines Winery. (Second Row) Jessica Wagner, Jackson County Conservation; Sue Mayberry, Farmers Creek Antiques and Mac’s Wine Cellar; Mike Valant, Ski Bellevue; and Dave Eischeid, Bellevue Arts Council/2019 Fishtival Art Festival. (Third Row) Nick Hueneke, River Ridge Brewing; Daryl Parker, JCATA president; and Tom Devine, JCATA director. Not pictured is grant recipient Friends for Preservation of Bellevue Heritage.