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Des Moines Wins Five Iowa Tourism Awards PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristine Reeves   
Monday, 21 October 2013 10:58

DES MOINES, IA – Greater Des Moines has won the honor of five awards at the 2013 Iowa Tourism Conference, including Outstanding Collaboration, Outstanding New Event, Outstanding Website, Outstanding Tourism Business and Outstanding Social Media Execution.

“Winning five awards is a shining moment for Greater Des Moines tourism,” said Greg Edwards, President and CEO of the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau and Des Moines Area Sports Commission. “Our community embraces tourism as Des Moines grows as a destination for meeting and sports planners, group tours and leisure travelers.”

The Outstanding Collaboration Award and the Outstanding New Event Award were both granted to the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, the parent organization of the Des Moines Area Sports Commission, along with Iowa State University, Iowa Events Center and Polk County for successful partnership on the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling National Championships held at Wells Fargo Arena—an event that broke NCAA Fan Fest attendance records and brought $15 million to the local economy.

The Outstanding Website Award was given to catchdesmoines.com for increased user-friendliness resulting in 29% growth of unique website visitors from November 2012 through June 2013 over the previous year.

Additionally, the Iowa Events Center was awarded Outstanding Tourism Business for its role in helping Greater Des Moines and Iowa tourism reach for new goals, solicit and book new business and make an impact on the local economy. Blank Park Zoo was honored with Outstanding Social Media Execution for excellence in social media strategy.

The Iowa Tourism Conference was held in Waterloo this week. The award recipients have positively contributed to the experience of visitors and the quality of life of residents—and are the highest honor given for tourism in Iowa.

A full list of Iowa Tourism Award winners will be posted at traveliowa.com.

The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote Greater Des Moines as a fun, vibrant and affordable destination statewide, nationally and internationally. Our focus increases visitors to our community through meetings, conventions, sports events, leisure travel, and group tours, thereby contributing to the local economy.

 
VOTE FOR QUAD CITIES! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Charlotte Morrison   
Friday, 04 October 2013 15:15
Midwest Meetings Magazine is running a Best City Contest to find out which city people think is the best one to attend and plan a meeting.
The Quad Cities is currently in the lead!

Keep the Momentum Going!
Please vote for the Quad Cities as the Best City - Simply Click Here

Please forward this email on to others so they can vote too!

Charlotte Morrison
Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau

 
MADISON COUNTY COVERED BRIDGE FESTIVAL PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Heather Riley   
Monday, 30 September 2013 15:16

44th Annual Celebration of Pioneer Bridge Builders

On October 12th & 13th, 2013 the 44th Anniversary of the Madison County Covered Bridge Festival will be celebrated in Winterset, Iowa, with the theme “The Bridges are Calling”.

“The Festival will take place in Winterset, Iowa, during the season when the wooded hills are ablaze with color! Designed to give visitors a glimpse of life in Madison County before the turn of the 20th century, the setting of the Festival and the bridges throughout the county are an artist’s paradise and a camera bug’s heaven!” (Quoting from the first Covered Bridge Festival brochure in 1970)

What was true forty-four years ago, in 1970, is still true today! Our six 130+year-old covered bridges are one of the main attractions and centerpieces of the Covered Bridge Festival. Guided bus-tours sponsored by the Winterset Rotarians are offered throughout the weekend, with stops at a few of the bridges. Many Tour Directors bring groups to Madison County all year-long to experience a “Storybook Tour”, which is packed full of history lessons about the making of the movie “Bridges of Madison County”, filmed in 1994.

You will also find live demonstrations featuring the following sheep shearing; glass jewelry making, woodcarving, as well as a cannon demonstration, pony rides and competitions such as an “Old Fashioned Spelling Bee” at the Festival. Along with wonderful artisan booths, local storytellers embody famous persons who relate tales of early Iowa history -- like Susan B. Anthony and ‘Uncle’ Henry Wallace, two well-known men who each called Winterset ‘home’, Scavenger hunts and other old-fashioned games, Other activities not to be missed will include penny candy sales, a civil war battle, blacksmith shop demonstrations, old-fashioned one-room-school lessons, and horse-drawn wagon rides – all taking place at the Madison County Historical Complex.

Sunday events not to be missed include the 28th Annual Madison County Car Show put on by the Central Iowa Car Club, as well as the historically anticipated Covered Bridge Festival Parade, organized by the Winterset Lions Club. Please note that this year’s car show location has changed and will now take place at Washington Street and South 2nd Avenue.

A collectable coin is struck each year commemorating a local historic structure. This year the Roseman Bridge – Madison County’s most famous and beloved covered bridge - is featured in a commemorative fashion. Coins are available for purchase at the Chamber of Commerce office and at the Festival for $6 each.

The two-day festival hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, October 12th & 13th, 2013. There will be a festival grounds admission fee of $2 each day (children 11 & under being free). Parking is free with shuttle services to outlying lots and various other Festival venues.

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For more information or to schedule an interview, please call the Madison County Chamber of Commerce at 515-462-1185 or visit the website: www.madisoncounty.com to find maps and photos of the Festival. The mailing address is 73 Jefferson, Winterset, IA 50273.

The world-famous Madison County Covered Bridge Festival is held on October’s second full weekend annually.

 
ALLEGIANT WORKS TO RESOLVE AIRCRAFT SLIDE INSPECTION COMPLIANCE PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Allegiant Travel Company   
Monday, 23 September 2013 08:43

Company Expects Flight Disruptions To Be Resolved Promptly

 

LAS VEGAS. September 19, 2013 - Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) announces it has discovered a compliance issue which will require immediate reinspection of many slides in its MD80 fleet. The Company has already begun the reinspections and expects to complete the process by the end of September. MD80 aircraft will be placed back in service as soon as possible after the slides pass reinspection.  In the meantime, Allegiant will take as many as 30 MD80s out of service and delay, reschedule or cancel a number of flights over the next several days.

"We apologize for the disruption to our passengers and ask that they please remain patient as we work to correct the issue, reschedule affected flights and accommodate any passengers impacted," said Andrew Levy, Allegiant Travel Company President. "Allegiant is committed, above all else, to the safety of our passengers and crew, and we are dedicated to working around-the-clock to ensure that all of our fleet meets the highest standards."

At this time, it is unknown how long the disruption in flight schedule will last. Allegiant has activated additional call center staff, and Allegiant will be contacting affected travelers directly. Customers may also sign up for flight alerts for individual flights at https://www2.allegiantair.com/flight-status or call 702-505-8888.

Allegiant, Travel is our deal.®

Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT) is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations. The company operates a low-cost, high-efficiency, all-jet passenger airline through its subsidiary, Allegiant Air, while also offering other travel-related products such as hotel rooms, rental cars, and attraction tickets. All can be purchased through the company website, allegiant.com. The company has been named one of America's 100 Best Small Companies by Forbes Magazine for four consecutive years. For downloadable press kit, including photos, visit: http://gofly.us/17bZ4xO.

 
Governor Quinn Opens New ADM Intermodal Container Facility PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grant Klinzman   
Friday, 20 September 2013 15:20

Intermodal Ramp Offers Prime Rail and Roadway Access for Goods from All Businesses

DECATUR – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by company and local officials to open a new intermodal container facility at Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) in Decatur. The facility will enable businesses to tap into the company’s deep transportation and logistics expertise and provide a platform for economic growth in central Illinois. Today’s event is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to creating jobs and driving Illinois’ economy forward.

“ADM is one of the key reasons Illinois is the largest exporting state in the Midwest, and this new facility will help even more businesses get their goods to domestic and foreign markets more easily and cost effectively,” Governor Quinn said. “Expanding markets for Illinois products creates jobs here at home and drives our economy forward.”

The intermodal ramp, located on 250 acres of land at ADM’s Decatur processing complex, offers direct access to three Class I railroads and close proximity to several major highways. This unique interchange offers ready access to coasts and export markets, and provides proximity to 95 million customers within a day’s drive. The facility itself has two high-capacity cranes that can handle 50,000 containers per year, with room to grow to 150,000.

Construction of the intermodal ramp was funded in part by a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The interchange will help local businesses move their products to market more quickly and more cost effectively.

“ADM’s new intermodal facility will offer businesses of every type the ability to access markets anywhere, at any time, and do so quickly and cost-effectively,” ADM Transportation President Scott Fredericksen said. “We are optimistic that businesses in our region will join us to help drive the economic growth this facility is capable of catalyzing. With strong support from our leaders in Springfield and Macon County, we’ve been able to get this project off the drawing board and into operation quickly.  We look forward to seeing it reach its full potential.”

Intermodal containers can be loaded with virtually any type of product and are transported by truck, railcar and ship. Their flexibility and standard size have made them popular worldwide; there are an estimated 17 million intermodal containers in the world today, and the American Association of Railroads reports that between 2010 and 2012, U.S. intermodal container freight volumes increased nearly 10 percent.

Illinois is the largest exporting state in the Midwest and the fifth largest in the U.S. Exports from Illinois rose 5.1 percent to $68.1 billion in 2012 after soaring 30 percent in 2011. Direct exports account for nearly 10 percent of the Gross State Product.

In 2012, Governor Quinn established the Illinois Export Advisory Council to work to increase exports by providing high-level recommendations on state and federal policies and programs. The Council consists of 21 top Illinois CEOs and private sector leaders that drive international trade for Illinois. Council members serve as international ambassadors for Illinois, helping businesses showcase Illinois’ competitive strengths in the international marketplace.

For more than a century, the people of ADM (NYSE: ADM) have transformed crops into products that serve vital needs. Today, 30,000 ADM employees around the globe convert oilseeds, corn, wheat and cocoa into products for food, animal feed, industrial and energy uses. With more than 265 processing plants, 460 crop procurement facilities, and the world’s premier crop transportation network, ADM helps connect the harvest to the home in more than 140 countries. For more information about ADM and its products, visit adm.com.

For more information on Illinois trade opportunities, visit exports.illinois.gov.

 

 

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