A local icon in Audubon was featured in a set of Cenex commercials aired during the Super Bowl. In addition to the combined one minute on air, Albert the Bull was also featured in a 5 minute documentary. Read more »

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Greene County Tourism hosted a visioning meeting to plan for the future. Read more »

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Springbrook State Park in Guthrie County is one of 50 First Day Hikes on January 1 as adventurers ring in the New Year by connecting with nature. Read more »

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The Enhance Iowa Board awarded $878,616 in Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) grants to a fine arts center in Forest City, a pedestrian bridge in Nora Springs and a theater renovation project in Audubon. The three awards mark the first awards made by the new Enhance Iowa Board, created in the last legislative session through Senate File 2308. The Enhance Iowa Board approved the grants at the Nov.10 meeting in Des Moines. Read more »

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The Jefferson city council at its July 12 meeting amended the policy for the use of funds generated by the hotel/motel tax to allow time for applications for funds in the policy’s third tier to be made after the amount of funds available is known. “Up for grabs” this year is $26,000 to promote tourism and convention business in the city of Jefferson. Read more »

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Adair County Heritage Museum Groundbreaking

The Adair County Heritage Museum hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for its 2400 sq ft addition. Read more »

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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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IEDA Director Debi Durham to visit Jefferson

Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority, will visit several Greene County attractions next Wednesday, Sept. 30. Durham will be hosted by Greene County Chamber tourism and events coordinator Angie Pedersen. Read more »

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Whiterock Board Member, Jen Garst of Ames cut the ribbon at a Whiterock trail.

Whiterock Conservancy hosted three days of outdoor activities and unveiled its extended trail system last weekend before visitors and guests from across the state Read more »

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In addition to the new bike trails, he equestrian trails have been improved, resurfaced and expanded into areas never before open for riding at Whiterock. Photo courtesy of

Whiterock Conservancy is officially opening 32 miles of new and improved recreational trails that take visitors deep into the savanna, prairie, forest and pastures of Whiterock’s 5,500 acres. 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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Bubba Sorensen paints his 17th annual tribute to veterans on the Freedom Rock north of Greenfield on Highway 25.

Sorensen, who is on his 17th year of painting the Freedom Rock on Highway 25 north of Greenfield, said he had three goals as he launched his efforts to paint a Freedom Rock in each of Iowa’s counties. He wanted to honor veterans, promote Iowa tourism, and feed his family. 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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The Danish Windmill received the Outstanding Tourism Attraction (Rural) of the Year Award at the 2014 Iowa Tourism Conference in Council Bluffs. Read more »

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