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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 19, 2017

Supervisors discuss visitors bureau’s five-year plan

By Nicole Major, Ledger staff writer | Jul 18, 2017

The Jefferson County Board of Supervisors met with Rustin Lippincott, executive director of the Fairfield Convention & Visitors Bureau, Monday to discuss its five-year plan.

Lippincott presented five priorities, which were to improve tourism product and partner collaboration; connect visitors with partners and local information; to enhance the visitor experience; to increase local awareness and to shape the future of the bureau.

“[These] priorities have been developed over the last two years through our community assessment and our branding efforts,” he said during an interview today. “This document will be our road map for tourism development for the next five years. The board has spent considerable time and thought refining our priorities, and I am confident that tourism will continue to grow as an economic driver for Jefferson County.”

Supervisor Dee Sandquist, who is a member of the CVB board of directors, invited Lippincott to speak about the bureau’s strategic priorities.

“It’s an exciting time for the CVB,” Sandquist said. “Within the past several years, they have accomplished a lot, and it continues to grow.”

In other news, the supervisors met with county engineer Scott Cline, who provided an update on all that occurred with the county roads during the past week.

“We had a pre-construction meeting regarding Batavia city bridge on 218th Way,” Cline said, adding that the contractor, Iowa Bridge and Culvert of Washington, planned to begin the bridge replacement project Aug. 7.

“This was let in March, and the contractor needed to get started by Aug. 14. They are starting a week earlier,” Cline said, explaining that the bridge would be replaced with a concrete double-box culvert.

In other road news, Cline said that construction was completed last week on the Iowa Army National Guard’s new entrance off Stone Avenue. Cline said the entrance, which is just west of the Fairfield Glove building, also provides an additional entrance to the Jefferson County Secondary Road Department.

“We’ll probably use that entrance,” Cline said of his staff.

Cline said Jones Paving paved the new entrance.

“They seriously updated what used to be there,” he said. “There used to be gravel, now it’s concrete.”

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