June 2015 Newsletter
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From Val's Desk

For those who do not know me, I live on a beef and grain farm with my husband, John.  Our farm is located between New Albin, Iowa and Eitzen, Minnesota.  Our sons, Micah and Jonah, attend the Eastern Allamakee Community School District.  If we are not at the farm, you’ll probably find us at a baseball game.

I have spent my first few weeks on the job getting myself acclimated.  I have enjoyed meeting the county supervisors, participating in the Biz Ops group in Lansing, walking the historic downtown Lansing tour, chatting with visitors, attending a variety of housing committee meetings, and attending a Northeast Iowa business network meeting.  All of these activities provide networking opportunities and information that I can utilize to assist our businesses, city councils, local groups, and tourism efforts. 

As summer approaches, I’ll be scheduling city council visits and starting business visits.  Meanwhile, you are always invited to call (563) 568-2624; stop in at 101 West Main, Waukon; or email me at aced@mchsi.com.  Our office hours are Monday—Friday 8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m.

Let’s keep Allamakee County moving forward!

Celebrating Lansing’s historic district

On May 7, the historic district in Lansing celebrated a job well done.  A total of 60 people toured the downtown.  Architectural historian, Molly Naumann from Ottumwa, IA narrated the tours.  The Kerndt Brothers Community Center displayed photos and information about historic downtown.  Volunteers kindly served wine, cheese and crackers to the attendees.  Kudos to the hard workers in the Lansing area who are making great things happen! 

· 1st Allamakee County Dairy Days Parade, Waukon
· 5th&6th City Wide Garage Sales, Waukon
· 7th NEIA Birds & Animal Swap, Fairgrounds
· 12-13th New Albin Days, New Albin
· 13th Ranger Program & Hike, Effigy Mounds
· 13-14th Thunder in the Park, Waukon
· 19-21st Big 4 Fair, Postville
· 19-20th City Wide Garage Sales, Lansing
· 20th Firemen’s Street Dance, Waukon
· 22nd VMH Foundation Golf Tourney, Waukon
· 27th Moonlight Hike, Effigy Mounds
· 27th Safety Day Camp, Waukon

And the treasure hunt begins! 

For those who are subscribers to Our Iowa magazine, you may have noticed the treasure hunt winner receives a stay at a cabin in the woods in Allamakee County. 

What a great opportunity to show case the beauty of Allamakee County to the Our Iowa readership!  If you would like to join the fun and find the key, you will need to search the public parks in the state of Iowa.  Just so you know, the key is not buried.  It’s hidden above the ground in a packet (clear, biodegradable bag with a note inside stating “You Found It!”) that is attached to wood.

We encourage you to pick up the latest copy of Our Iowa magazine and join the fun!

ACED is your resource 

As the director, it is important that I know what you as cities, businesses, and local support groups are focusing on.  If I am aware of your needs, I can be looking for grant opportunities, networking contacts, and educational classes just to name a few.

Example—ACED worked with businesses and NICC-Waukon to offer a CDL class.   There were 39 attendees.  This stems from businesses sharing their employment needs with us.

Allamakee County Trout Fishing Map is here!

Thank you to Jared at RC & D for delivering the Allamakee County Trout Fishing Map to our office. This map has been a hot item since the day it was announced in the Waukon Standard.  We also have Winneshiek County Trout Fishing Maps available.  You are invited to pick up your copy here at our office or we would be happy to deliver copies to your business. 

Experience history with Thunder in the Park

Come and experience all the excitement, entertainment, and education about the Civil War era, June 13 and 14th during Thunder in the Park in Waukon. 

Festivities are Saturday, June 13, 8:30 a.m.—10:30 p.m. and Sunday 8:30 a.m.—4 p.m.

Soon you will find the event schedule in the Waukon Standard or go to Allamakee County Thunder in the Park facebook page. 

Events will include a one-man play at the Main Feature Theatre, a monument rededication at the courthouse, Faire Wynds Traveling Medicine and Circus show, spectator drills, Civil War weapon demonstrations, period clothing fashion show, battle reenactments, a Lincoln impersonator, and more. 

Newest family-friendly attraction in Allamakee County!

Did you know that a kayak rental business has just opened in Allamakee County? Call Scenic Outdoor Adventures, LLC at 563-538-4145 or 563-794-0542 to rent by the day or the weekend.  You can kayak the Reno Bottoms and soon to be open Blue Heron Canoe Trail.

Hats off to Tom and Keith Garrett for serving this niche market!

Explore the most scenic byway in Iowa!

The Driftless Area Scenic Byway was recently listed in the Des Moines Register.  Here is what they had to say…

“If you’ve ever ridden a bike in eastern Iowa you’ve already been disabused on the notion that Iowa is flat.  Take advantage of some of the state’s best views and climbs without working up a sweat by checking out
the 100 mile Driftless Area Scenic Byway.  The byway zigzags through pre-glacial (read: not squished flat) Allamakee County in the farthest northeast corner of the state and has been voted the state’s most scenic byway.  It begins in Postville and ends in northwestern Allamakee.” 

Another example of partnering

Congratulations to New Albin Public Library and Allamakee County Community Foundation on your partnership.  Learn more about how the New Albin Public Library Endowment is paying out and touching the New Albin community.  See the video at:  http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=6d14c1e5a4394e9c50ffec7bf&id=ee32445d37

Do you facebook?
ACED is posting daily Monday—Friday on its facebook page.  If you have not, please “Like Us” today!  If you have time, invite a friend to “Like Us.”

Traveling the county?
As you are out and about, don’t forget to pick up your very own Allamakee County Map. 

Do you want to talk to your US Representative Rod Blum’s staff about your concerns regarding federal legislation and agencies?  Go to Waukon Library, June 3, from 1 p.m.—3 p.m.  Or call district office 563-557-7789.

Woo Hoo!
Congratulations to Stoney Creek Hospitality for celebrating 20 years in business!  Waukon is the home to one of the Stoney Creek locations.

National Park in our backyard!
Did you know that Effigy Mounds has 80,000 visitors annually? 
Check out their events calendar at http://www.nps.gov/efmo/planyourvisit/specialevents.htm and plan your visit today!

New “to do’s” in Iowa 
If you enjoy reading what’s new in Iowa Tourism hot spots, go to http://www.traveliowa.com/aspx/getinspireddetail.aspx?id=25&lflid=129.
Who’s visiting our county?
The ACED office staff responds to more than 250 visitor inquiries a year.  One of these inquiries happened to call in on my 2nd day at ACED, he was planning to drive the Great River Road from Tennesee to St. Paul.  This gentleman had heard about Allamakee County having the most scenic byway and wanted to make sure to check it out! 

Allamakee County Economic Development and Tourism promotes economic growth through growth and expansion of new and existing industry, service and retail business and to promote tourism for the county.

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