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Angie Pedersen, center, accepts the 2015 Iowa Tourism Award on behalf of RVP~1875, presented by Carla Eysink (Travel Federation of Iowa) and Shawna Lode (Iowa Tourism Office).

Greene County Chamber members were honored Thursday evening when the Iowa Tourism Office and the Travel Federation of Iowa presented 27 awards recognizing excellence in the tourism industry during the 2015 Iowa Tourism Conference in Fairfield. Read more »

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The Iowa Tourism Office has released new data showing continued growth in the state’s tourism industry. Over the past five years, travel-generated expenditures have increased by an average of 5.94 percent, beating the five year national average of 5.78 percent. According to the study, “The Economic Impact of Travel on Iowa Counties,” travelers spent $8.06 billion in Iowa and generated $374 million in state tax revenues in 2014, both all-time highs. Read more »

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At the top of the bell tower are (from left) Pat Richards and Debi Durham, Shawn Lode and Omega Sang, and Angie Pedersen and Ann Vogelbacher.

Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority, was an enthusiastic guest when she visited Jefferson last Wednesday. Read more »

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Amy Zeigler, Digital Marketing Manager for the Iowa Tourism Office gave a presentation about increasing local tourism through the website.

Midwest Partnership recently hosted tourism workshops in each of the region's four counties. Amy Zeigler from the IEDA's Iowa Tourism Office presented on the Travel Iowa resources. Read more »

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Shawna Lode, Iowa Tourism Manager, talks with community and business leaders in Guthrie Center during a Chamber meeting on June 9 on how tourism benefits communities who embrace it.

Shawna Lode, manager of the Iowa Tourism Office at the Iowa Economic Development Authority in Des Moines, and Shirley Phillips, director of the Western Iowa Tourism Region, provided an overview of the economic impacts of tourism at a recent Guthrie Center Chamber meeting. Read more »

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Understanding that tourism can be a vital asset to economic development and that digital marketing is a valuable resource in today's information era, Midwest Partnership is hosting a Tourism Workshop for tourism-related businesses to learn about the marketing opportunities available through the Iowa Tourism Office. Read more »

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