Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell announced grants for more than three dozen local tourism projects in the Commonwealth Monday, including several in our area.

Governor McDonnell says grants totaling more than $543,000 are being awarded to 37 projects for marketing initiatives.

Here in our region, we've learned the Smyth County Tourism Association will receive $45,000.

The Barter Theatre will get $25,000. The Abingdon Convention and Visitors Bureau will receive $14,500.

The Appalachian Sustainable Development will get more than $12,000.

The Crooked Road was awarded $5,000.