Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

March 7, 2014

Director Bieber delivered 2013 annual report

By Michael Schaffer Managing Editor
The Daily Iowegian

---- — Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Joyce Bieber Monday night at the Centerville City Council meeting delivered the Appanoose County Tourism Committee 2013 annual report.

The report lists at least 30 different tourism promotions funded or participated in during 2013 designed to bring visitors to the Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area.

The list includes: Freedom Rock; ISU Design Lab; extra police reserve officer patrols on the Square during the summer months; 28,000 tourism guides distributed throughout Iowa; new website; monthly fliers; tourism advertising; Friday Night Live sponsorship; Wine Festival; Crappie Masters USA sponsorship; participation in Central Iowa Tourism Region; participation in Rathbun Lake Association; brochure distribution; mailed 1,400 visitor packets; assisted with Summer Bash and Children's Art Festival; exhibited at Bank Club Marketplace; coordinated group bus tours; Pancake Day organization and planning; funding for flowers on Courthouse lawn; funding for municipal band concerts; refurbishing of Christmas decorations; holiday light display in connection with Centerville Lights and Sounds; maintenance of equipment for festivals and events; funding for Centerville trolley; funding for Appanoose County All-Play; funding for Run on Rathbun; funding for Blue Grass Festival at Honey Creek Resort; new banners for Historic Courthouse District; and grants: Appanoose Economic Development Corporation website, $2,000; Rathbun sign, $200; Betterment or Bust group for power washer, paint sprayer and edger (no amount listed); Humble Heroes, $2,000; Rathbun Area Board of Realtors for state convention, $2,000; and Christmas decorations for the Levee, $2,800.

Bieber said one expense from 2013 that will be continued in 2014 was the money paid for additional law enforcement patrols on the Centerville Square. In 2013, $4,000 was spent on additional law enforcement. The 2014 tourism budget contains $3,000 for that purpose.

"It went over great. It was widely praised," Bieber said Monday night at City Hall during the council meeting. "I think it was noticed and we plan to do that again."

The report anticipates the 2014 tourism budget income at $129,400 with city Hotel/Motel tax contributing $77,000, county Hotel/Motel tax contributing $44,000 and $8,400 coming from events. It also lists a grant for $2,500.

The report lists 2014 expenses at $129,000 distributed among 28 different categories. The top five anticipated expenses for 2014 include $14,300 for Pancake Day; $13,000 for advertising; $10,000 for county conservation for the cabins at Lelah Bradley park; $10,000 for Iowa State Design Lab; and $8,400 for the Wine Festival.

There are nine Tourism Committee members and include chamber appointees Mark Lechtenberg, Russ Ocker and Lynette Cisler; Centerville appointees Paula Mitchell, Dale Sales and Rob Lind; and Appanoose County appointees Rick Kauzlarich, Jody McDanel and Brian Lindberg.

The committee's mission is to "overseeing the distribution of the Hotel-Motel Tax funds under the direction of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and in accordance with the agreements with the City of Centerville and Appanoose County."

The Tourism Committee approves tourism expenses and provides direction to the Chamber to coordinate tourism activities.