The Western Iowa Tourism Region has awarded $1000 for promotion projects to the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce. This was awarded in cooperation with the Iowa Tourism Office, Iowa Department of Economic Development.
Julie Hering Kent, Executive Director of the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce, stated, "Cherokee was one of 14 communities selected to receive the Promotion Grant. The award will be used to publish a color brochure promoting the 2010 Cherokee PRCA Rodeo."
The Western Iowa Tourism Region serves 36 counties in the western one-third of Iowa. Organizations, events and attractions within this area are eligible for $32,000 in grant funds for tourism promotion, advertising and education.
"Selection of grant recipients is an increasingly difficult task," said Shirley Frederiksen, Golden Hills Resource Conservation and Development and Promotion Grant Selection Committee Chairman. "Western Iowa continues to see an increase in private and public investment in tourism related projects and services and we are pleased that grant dollars can assist with improving Western Iowa attractions and events.
"The Western Iowa Tourism Region has been excited about the interest in promoting tourism in Western Iowa and will continue to work with the Iowa Office of Tourism to encourage funding for local projects," said Dee Polak from Downtown Partners, Sioux City and President of the Western Iowa Tourism Region.
Michele Walker, Executive Director of the Western Tourism Region, reported that consumer interest in Western Iowa is increasing each year and that cooperative advertising and increased funds for advertising and promotion will continue to add to the visitor numbers in Western Iowa.