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CDC Members and Friends,
The CDC, supported by funds from the Denison Tourism Board and the Crawford County Board of Supervisors, is very pleased to reinstate the important Tourism Coordinator position within our office. We encourage you to review the attached job listing and help us spread the word so we may find the right person to fill this skilled, part-time position.
Because tourism revenues can greatly impact the local economy, reinstating this position was one of Evan Blakley's first goals as Executive Director of the CDC, but it couldn't have happened without the support of local City and County officials. We are very proud of the level of cooperation exhibited by the involved parties to reach this agreement that will work to grow business, tourism revenues and community pride. Please help us thank members of these boards who understand the economic benefits tourism brings to our community. Our belief is that this position will prove to be very successful within the first few years of reinstatement and can eventually grow into a full-time opportunity.
Tourists in Iowa spend $6 billion* each year on goods and services that benefit businesses, employment and tax revenues. The difference in communities that are visited — or overlooked — has much to do with how well local events and attractions are planned and promoted. A position tasked with tourism promotion should be a baseline requirement for any community. Crawford County and Denison will now have a dedicated person to help maximize our share of that $6 billion economic opportunity.
"Nicely situated between three major metropolitan areas, Crawford County has great potential to act as a retreat from urban hustle and bustle, as well as a cultural and historic destination" says Evan Blakley, Executive Director of the CDC, "The county is already blessed with beautiful parks, scenery, quality lodging and shopping options and a diverse selection of dining establishments. The new staff member will help establish regional events, activities and attractions, as well as work with our current businesses and tourism-based organizations." Blakley has also shared his belief that Crawford County can build upon agritourism opportunities to simultaneously promote our rich local agriculture industries.
We hope that you share in our excitement for tourism promotion in Crawford County. Please contact us with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 712.263.5621.
*Source: Travel Federation of Iowa, 2011 Fast Facts Booklet