Starting in March, four Iowa State University Extension and Outreach community development specialists are doing a “tourism blitz” throughout the state of Iowa Read more about CED Specialists Conducting Statewide Tourism Workshop
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. Read more about Retail-Scapes Studio Helps Lyon County Residents Dream Big
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. Read more about Tourism program earns Excellence in Partnership to Iowans Award
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. Read more about Local Businesses Benefit from ISU Extension CED Road Scholar Programs
How to attract more travel groups to my business or community? Community workshops and private business trainings are available. Read more about Tourism Workshops and Business Trainings
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.
Our Guide Training and Certification program is is designed for staff and volunteers who lead guided programs at Iowa’s tourism attractions such as museums, nature centers and conservation areas, historic sites, science centers, and agritourism venues. Read more about Professional Guide Training and Certification
Listing of certified professional guides from ISU Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach Read more about Certified Professional Guides