Newsletter July 2015

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JULY 2015                           

· 4th    Firecracker 5K Run/Walk Harpers Ferry

· 4th    Fireworks Display Harpers Ferry

· 18th  Junior Ranger Program/Hike Effigy Mounds

· 15th-19th Allamakee County Fair Allamakee County Fairgrounds


ACED Office Staff:

Val Reinke, Director
Ardie Kuhse, Coordinator
Terri Lindley, Receptionist


ACED Board Members:

Mike Kruckenberg,
Freedom Bank

Mike Myers,
Veteran’s Memorial Hospital

Sharon Kubitz,
Ewing Real Estate

Matt Cole,
Alliant Energy

Bill Nation,
Harpers Ferry

Christina Drahos,
Drahos & Senft CPAs

Larry Schellhammer,
County Supervisor


September has been designated as drive the Great River Road month.  There are 36.6 miles of this great road in Allamakee County.  Call our office if you need tourism information for the Great River Road. 


Motorcycle groups are another great niche market for Allamakee County.  Keep your ears open and build relationships with ride coordinators.


Allamakee County Trout Fishing Map.  Stop in and pick yours up today.



The latest call requesting tourism information was a retired gentleman from New Hampshire.


Voted most scenic byway in Iowa is in Allamakee County!


QuickBooks II is coming to NICC—Waukon Campus this fall.  Stay tuned for details.


The Waukon City Park thundered with Thunder in the Park on June 12-14.  Hats off  to the committee for all of your efforts!


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



The Billboards are UP!
The 2015 ACED Billboard contest winners were WW Homestead Dairy and Fidelity Bank & Trust.  Each business designed their own billboard (with ACED approval) and then worked with the billboard company to move from design to vinyl to billboard. 

 WW Homestead Dairy chose to advertise near Cedar Rapids on US Highway 30.  WW focused on agri-tourism with plant tours and taste testing.

Fidelity Bank & Trust chose the Dubuque/Dyersville area on US Highway 20.    Fidelity focused on those looking for a 2nd home in our neck-of-the-woods. 

You will find both billboards currently on display.  Each billboard price retailed at $1500 which is paid by ACED.  This is another opportunity offered to the ACED membership. 
The next billboard contest will be announced in February 2016, so be ready to put your creative thinking caps on. 


Your next visitor ...

 ACED received a phone call from the Motorcycle Rally to be held in La Crosse on Sept. 10-13, 2015.  These riders are serious high mileage riders from all over the country that will travel within a 125 mile radius.  ACED is proud to recommend and promote our county attractions, businesses, and restaurants to this group—especially promoting our membership businesses to them.  So we encourage businesses in our area to be on the lookout for these visitors during those days and roll out the “red carpet.”  We definitely want them to come back and enjoy Allamakee County all over again.


Membership drive is here…

ACED is funded by contributions from the County and the Communities within Allamakee County, as well as, our local banks and utility companies.  The other vital source of funding is through memberships.   The membership drive kicked off on June 22 and will continue  for approximately the next 6 weeks.   

ACED is working hard to create an open door atmosphere.  Share your top priorities with us, so we can assist you.  Invite us when you have an event and let us include it in our newsletter and on our Facebook page.  Join us when we have an event, read our monthly newsletter, and “like” us on Facebook.  If you know someone who might be looking to start or expand a business, please refer him/her to ACED.  
FYI:  The annual meeting will be held in Waterville this fall.  (The annual meeting rotates through the communities in Allamakee County.)


Robots Galore

ACED had the opportunity to partner on a first ever summer STEM Camp for area students, grades 4-6. 

The camp focused on Robotic Olympics-A Leap into the Future and was limited to 30 students.  A grant from Northeast Iowa Business Network was responsible for initiating the idea for camp.  Other partners (ACED, Allamakee Community Connections, IEDA, IA State University Extension &Outreach, Keystone AEA, and NICC) contributed to make this camp free of charge to students. 

The camp was June 8-10 and the students learned about science, technology, engineering, and math while using robotics.  There was classroom instruction, hands on robotics, and a field to trip to NICC Dairy Center to see robots in action.  Camp concluded with a presentation from the campers to the parents and sponsors.  Special thanks to Erica of NICC for taking the lead on setting up this great event.


Road Trip through Allamakee County

I was so happy when I picked up my copy of the Our Iowa magazine June/July 2015 edition.  As I turned to pages 16 & 17 there was a 2-page article about Allamakee County. 

Writers, Jerry and Paula Wiebel, take a “Road Trip” and promote tourism in Iowa.  Businesses and locations mentioned in the article included Stoney Creek Inn,  Old Rossville Store, Museum of River History and Commercial Fishing, Mt. Hosmer, Horsfall’s Variety Store, Wexford Immaculate Conception Church, and Effigy Mounds National Monument.

The good news is Jerry and Paula want to rent a houseboat and visit Kitchen Krafts on their return trip.
Our Iowa magazine has 90,000 paid subscribers.


Motorcycles line the street in Postville

Postville business, Club 51, hosted one of the stops on the Annual Romper Motorcycle Ride held on June 20.  Business owner, Nick Polfer, was the coordinator for the event along with support from the Postville Mayor and Council Members.  Weather did hamper the number of bikers; however, an estimated 500-700 bikes roared into town and lined the Postville street.  Hats off to all of the partners: Postville School Booster Club, Postville HS Junior Class, Good Samaritan Home, and Allamakee County Cattleman.  ACED loves the opportunity to also partner in welcoming visitors to the county. 
Motorcycle groups are another great niche market for Allamakee County.  Keep your ears open and build relationships with ride coordinators.


Paddle the Reno Bottoms Canoe Trail

The US Fish and Wildlife Service just dropped off the NEW Reno Bottoms Canoe Trail Map at our office. 

For those who love an adventure in the backwaters via canoe or kayak, this map is for you.  An outdoor activity that is available right here in Allamakee County.  Allamakee County residents can be our best salespeople for the area. 
If you would like us to deliver maps to your business, please give us a call!

Let’s start paddling!


A Note from Val…

I spent the last 30 days meeting with a few of our utility companies that serve Allamakee County, as well as, some of the business owners in the county.  I attended the Enhancement Committee which focuses on county trail projects.  ACED is also a member of the 7 Rivers Region, so I met with Lisa Herr, director.  I chatted with the new director for Lansing Main Street, Craig White.  I attended the Conservation Board Meeting and Foundation meeting where the new center in Lansing was discussed.  I attended the Iowa Great River Road meeting in Guttenberg.  I visited STEM Camp and attended the NICC advisory committee meeting. 


You are always invited to call (563) 568-2624; stop in at 101 West Main, Waukon; or email me at  Our office hours are Monday—Friday 8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m.

Let’s keep moving forward!

It is all about the curd

WW Homestead Dairy hosted a June Dairy Days event on Saturday, June 27, Tours of the facility along with the fresh curds and deep fried curds were served.

Watch for the newest flavors and WW news on Facebook.  "Like" WW Homestead Dairy today!


New Albin Days

Hats off to the New Albin Days Committee for a successful hometown celebration on June 12 &13. 
Special thanks to NAIL (New Albin Improvement League) along with Mayor Stantic and City Council members for your involvement.

By the way, the smoked turkey sandwiches are the best!

New Albin Town Hall Museum decorated for New Albin Days 2015.


Big 4 Fair Fun

The Big 4 Fair Hometown Celebration took place in Postville June 19-21.  The hometown parade carried a movie theater theme this year.  The popular Big 4 5/k Run/Walk, Dog Show, Kiddy Calf Show, crafts, and photography and annual judging made for another successful fair this year. 
Thank you to the fair board for your hard work to bring this event year after year.

County Fair News

The Allamakee County Fair is July 15-19. 
Please watch the local newspaper or visit the website  
ACED will have a booth in the Pavilion!  Please stop in and see us.

More media coverage coming…

The Iowan magazine will be featuring Northeast Iowa in the September/October 2015 edition. 
Look for ACED’s ad which is an invitation to drive the most scenic byway in Iowa and to request our tourism brochure.

The Iowan has a distribution of more than 20,000 copies. 
Earlier this year an article was published in The Iowan about Wuennecke’s Meat Market in New Albin.

Window shopping at its best

Main Street Lansing hosted a presentation on window displays for local businesses on June 10th, which was open to all of the Allamakee County communities.  It is a common theme for businesses to struggle with their marketing budgets so it is important to be creative — one way is via window displays.  It is key to have your display send a message that can be realized in 11 seconds or less.  Focus should be on proportion, unity, balance, a focal point, contrast and repetition.  Thank you Main Street Lansing!  We will be on the look-out for great window displays and maybe we will feature one in an upcoming newsletter.   

Mission:  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.


ACED is posting daily Monday—Friday on it’s Facebook page.  If you have not, please “Like” us today!  If you have time, invite a friend to “Like” us.

As you are out and about, don’t forget to pick up your very own Allamakee County Map.  Available here!




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