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Shawna Lode will speak at annual Cherokee Co. Recognition Banquet

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce that former County resident Shawna Lode will be the featured speaker at the 17th annual Cherokee County Recognition Banquet, to be held on Saturday, March 10th at WITCC Conference Center, Cherokee Campus.

Shawna Lode is the Manager of the Iowa Tourism Office at the Iowa Economic Development Authority, in Des Moines, where she is responsible for developing and implementing programs that support and promote Iowa's tourism opportunities for economic growth.

A lifelong Iowan, Shawna graduated from Aurelia High School, and earned her bachelor's degree from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake. She received a Master's Degree in Communication Leadership from Drake University in Des Moines

Shawna began her career in tourism in 1996, when she became Director of the Burlington Area Convention and Tourism Bureau in Burlington, Iowa. In 1998, she joined the staff of the Iowa Tourism Office, where she worked as Public Relations Manager. After seven years, she left the Tourism Office to serve as Communications Director for the Iowa Finance Authority, a position she held for five years. In September 2010 Shawna returned to the Iowa Tourism Office to assume the role of Manager.

Shawna will address what is happening in tourism in the State of Iowa and how our local efforts can attract new residents and bring visitors to our area. We look forward to seeing Shawna and are anxious to hear her speak to the tourism of Cherokee County.

Please plan to attend the 17th annual Cherokee County Recognition Banquet, Saturday, March 10th at WITCC Conference Center at the Cherokee Campus. Social hour begins at 5:30 PM with entertainment by Charlie Leissler, the buffet dinner starts at 6:30 PM to be followed by Shawna Lode, Manager of Iowa Tourism for the Iowa Economic Development Authority, to be followed by the Recognition Awards that will wrap up the festive evening.

For tickets and reservations please call 712-225-5739. Reservations will be accepted until 3PM on Friday, March 2nd. If you would like to reserve online please email marci@cherokeeia.com.

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