Starting in March, four Iowa State University Extension and Outreach community development specialists are doing a “tourism blitz” throughout the state of Iowa
From revitalizing Main Street and renovating a library to creating river trails and improving water quality, the possibilities for increasing local tourism and quality of life seemed limitless to Lyon County residents after viewing their county through the eyes of 28 Iowa State University design students.
The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development program is proud to announce that a team of our staff was honored with the Excellence in Partnership to Iowans Award for the tourism training program they developed. The award was presented on March 26 as part of the ISU Extension and Outreach Annual Conference. The team included specialists Abbie Gaffey, Jane Goeken, Diane Van Wyngarden, Steve Adams and Becky Luers.
Iowa tourism is a growing and competitive business. According to 2016 research released by the Iowa Legislature, state tourism revenues exceeded $8 billion, with communities and businesses across the state trying to carve out a piece of the pie for themselves.
Registration is now open for a statewide Guide Training workshop to be held in Mason City at the Music Man Square on June 13 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The new program is the first of its kind in Iowa, specifically created for staff and volunteers who lead guided programs at Iowa’s tourism attractions, including but not limited to museums, nature and conservation areas, agritourism, and historic sites. The one-day workshop features interactive methods and techniques for creating and delivering dynamic guided programs, with a focus on guiding adult visitors.
Listing of certified professional guides from ISU Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach
How to attract more travel groups to my business or community? Community workshops and private business trainings are available.
Diane Van Wyngarden is a statewide Field Specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development (CED), based in Mahaska County. Diane is a member of the Local Economies team, and has been with ISU Extension and Outreach for 19 years.