Graphic about being an award winnerDickinson County Conservation Board won an award for outstanding website during the Iowa Tourism Conference Tuesday, March 3.

“It is an honor to have our website selected as the winner for rural areas in the state, because we put a lot of effort into the design, content and functionality of our website,” said Kiley Roth, Dickinson County Conservation Board community relations coordinator.

The website has seen a recent revamp in design and layout and has continued to grow in recent years, drawing in visitors from around the world. Dickinson County Conservation’s site had more than 300,000 visitors in the past year.

“We have weekly educational blogs for youth and adults, kids crafts and activities, announcements about upcoming programs, easy online event registration and more right in one concentrated stop online,” Roth said.

The site also includes educational videos about Dickinson County Nature Center animal ambassadors and exhibits, staff members and nature topics.

The Iowa Tourism Office and the Travel Federation of Iowa presented 26 total awards recognizing excellence in the tourism industry during the 2020 Iowa Tourism Conference in Des Moines. Awards to both metro and rural areas were made in 13 award categories.

The annual Iowa Tourism Conference brings together nearly 300 industry representatives from across the state to network, attend educational sessions and discuss emerging industry trends.

Tourism in Iowa generates nearly $9 billion in expenditures and $517.5 million in state taxes, plus employs 70,200 people statewide. The Iowa Tourism Office is part of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. For more information, visit traveliowa.com.

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