Tourism

Communities to Community (C2C)
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach

The 2-year C2C program will offer bundled design, educational, business, and leadership development services related to community development. The services will be customized to promote the positive changes and outcomes that client communities desire. Potential outcomes include stabilizing downtown environments; improving citizen participation; encouraging diversity; capitalizing on small business and tourism opportunities; meeting housing needs; or achieving quality of life goals. Selected communities will work in a partnership with ISU faculty, staff, and students.

Community Tourism Assessment and Recommendations for Building Success
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach

Through this program, the community will learn how their current tourism assets and readiness place them within today's tourism marketplace; in addition they will receive recommended steps for building tourism as a community economic tool.

The program is typically conducted as a one-day site visit to the community.  The Tourism Economic Development Specialist meets initially with a small group of key community tourism representatives to identify current strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.  Much of the day is spent touring existing/potential tourism sites.  The day ends with a final meeting, when recommendations are presented to the community group.

GIS: Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI)
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach, Department of Landscape Architecture

New interactive technologies on the Web such as Google Maps, Google Earth or other Web 2.0 applications capable of geotagging information enables citizens to create their own personal maps of a community or specific place. Termed Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) this information can be used to by decision makers as they plan the future of a community.

Road Scholar-- Educational Travel
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach

Travel with experts and study a theme or geographic region for four to seven days. No prior subject knowledge is required, only a desire for lifelong learning. Some courses stay in one city, with daily field trips and excursions. Other courses travel by chartered coach or boat from city to city, stopping at places of interest and overnight in hotels along the route.