One other significant event Faris talked about is the Professional Developers of Iowa’s decision to bring their fall 2014 conference to Honey Creek Resort State Park during Pancake Day weekend.
Faris said the 40-year-old Professional Developers of Iowa has two conferences a year. One is in Des Moines and the other at a select location in Iowa.
The 2013 fall conference in September was held in Cedar Falls where 170 developers from all the state of Iowa attended, Faris said. The fall 2014 conference in Appnaoose County will the lowest populated area they have held a conference in Iowa.
Bieber talked about several tourism related items and a signage project with Iowa State University Design Lab, Centerville and AEDC.
Bieber said a recent state tourism report shows money expended in Appanoose County on tourism increased by 6 percent over last year, tourism payroll increased 4 percent and state and local tax collections both increased by 5 percent. Tourism spending in Appanoose County has increased by 18 percent and local tax collection increased by 15 percent in the last five years, Bieber said, which is close to increases in the state for the last five years.
“I’m not going to say we’ve outdone the state, but we’re inline with the state,” Bieber said. “We’ve kept pace with that and I know that the state has invested a lot in tourism over that time as well.”
Rounding out the meeting was council approval of a release of judgment for three individuals and property in Oak Park Second Addition and an off street parking request by Clayton Daniels at Van Buren and North Fifth Street.
All councilmembers were present for Monday’s meeting that adjourned at 6:10 p.m. The next Centerville City Council meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18 at City Hall.