Washington Visitors & Tourism to join Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance
The Washington Visitors and Tourism Committee met Monday, Nov. 11, at the Washington County Extension office. Eight members were present. The group welcomed new member Jill Yoder who replaces retired member Sandy Andreasen.
Discussion was held regarding a partnership with the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance (ICCA). The ICCA is an alliance of over 150 cultural organizations in the Eastern Iowa Corridor. ICCA defines the Corridor as Linn and Johnson Counties and the nine adjacent counties. The mission of ICCA is to promote the varied cultural activities of its partner organizations and to nurture a sustainable cultural community. This is done through advocacy-focused events, educational programming, arts and culture awareness, cultural tourism, and building strong relationships throughout the community.
ICCA’s Web site, <CulturalCorridor.org>, was created to provide a "one-stop shop" for residents and visitors to the Corridor to find out what is happening in the area. Partner organizations add their events to this site so that those interested in arts and cultural happenings can find out what is going on and when in a centralized location. The Washington Chamber will send events to the Web site for posting.
Dani Kane reported on the progress of the Washington 175th Anniversary committee. A merchandising committee has been created and is brainstorming ideas of items to sell in commemoration of the event.
Bill Fredrick shared an illustration created by the WHS class of 1847 for their 60th class reunion. It is a black and white drawing of all four sides of the square with the business fronts showcased. The group will see about having a similar one done with the current businesses for the 175th Anniversary.
Barn Quilts of Washington County met recently and selected a new Web designer to update their Web site. The group hopes the work will be completed in the next two months. The barn quilts bring visitors to Washington County and the county's claim to fame is that there are more barn quilts on display than in any other county in Iowa.
The tourism group also discussed potential shop local slogans, signage at the Chamber, and a fundraising event for 2014.
The Visitors and Tourism group will meet again on Dec. 9 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Washington County Extension office. For more information on being a part of this group, contact Heather Schultz at 319-653-6621.