We need your ideas for the Grant Wood Scenic Byway

Posted October 3, 2012 at 10:57 am

On Monday, Oct. 15, at 4 p.m., the Grant Wood Scenic Byway Council and the Northeast Iowa RC&D will be hosting a meeting to gather information from local community members along the byway for development of promotional and interpretive materials.

The Grant Wood Scenic Byway is an 80-mile Iowa Scenic Byway that travels through two counties and nine communities, including Jones and Jackson counties and the communities of Stone City, Anamosa, Wyoming, Monmouth, Baldwin, Maquoketa, Andrew, Springbrook and Bellevue. The Grant Wood Scenic Byway Council is partnering with byway councils from across the state in a statewide initiative to help travelers find and explore the best roadways in the state of Iowa and help the byway communities maximize the economic benefits of the Iowa’s Byways.

According to traveliowa.com in 2010, 60.5 percent of travelers searching for travel information about Iowa on the Internet were looking for information about Iowa’s Scenic Byways. The Iowa Welcome Centers reported in 2010 that 26.4 percent of travelers in Iowa were requesting information about Scenic Byways.

The Grant Wood Scenic Byway Coordinator, Mallory Marlatt, noted, “People are looking for our byway, we want to make sure we can find it and when they get here, they love it!”

The meeting will provide a chance for participants to learn more about this statewide initiative and how it is impacting the Grant Wood Scenic Byway. It will also provide a chance for the Grant Wood Scenic Byway Council to gather ideas and input from the public.

“This is a great opportunity for us to give our local people a chance to shape the image of our byway,” said Daryl Parker, Jackson County Conservation director.

The meeting will be held at the Hurstville Interpretive Center in Maquoketa. Again, the meeting will be on Oct. 15, at 4 p.m.

For more information about Iowa’s Byways visit www.iowabyways.org or contact Mallory Marlatt, Grant Wood Scenic Byway coordinator, at 563-864-7112 or mallory@northeastiowarcd.org.

The mission of the Northeast Iowa RC&D is to recognize opportunities and provide leadership to make our region a vibrant, place-based model for the nation!

Further information on projects through Northeast Iowa RC&D is available at www.northeastiowarcd.org.