The mission of the Marion
County Development Commission (MCDC), a department of county government, is to
enhance the quality of life and standard of living in Marion County through
uniting local communities, businesses and nonprofit groups, and; promoting
Marion County as a quality destination to live, work and visit.
Programs administered by the MCDC include: Leadership Red Rock, FastTrac,
MyEntreNet, Red Rock Area Cooperative Sportshow Marketing Program, Best of
Marion County, Business assistance, tourism promotion/advertising and many
The MCDC is a partner in the Red Rock Area Cooperative Travel Guide. In
addition, the MCDC provides technical assistance to nonprofit organizations and
business development projects within Marion County. This agency also represents
Marion County at the Central Iowa Tourism Region, Professional Developers of
Iowa, Travel Federation of Iowa, Iowa Group Travel Association and Opportunity2
regional business marketing partnership.
Opportunity Assessment of Red Rock Area Workship
Roger Brooks, President of Destination Development International, will be
performing an Opportunity Assessment of the Red Rock Area in June and providing
a workship in regard to his findings and suggestions. Click on the link
below for the Registration Form and Flyer.
Opportunity Assessment Registration Form and Flyer
Ads for the Red Rock Area (Marion County) Guide are
sold only by Sarah Francis and Carla Eysink. For more information
The Marion County Development Commission Announces a New and
Improved Red Rock Area Tourism Website.
RED ROCK AREA WEBSITE
Request a Red Rock Area Travel Guide
During its early history, the MCDC
assisted in several projects including the Guest Housing Brochure, Volksweg
Trail, TrailFest, 2015 County Meeting, Cordova Park Cabins and Trash Bash. In
1996 with the assistance of a $37,000 grant from the Iowa Department of Economic
Development, the MCDC hired their first Executive Director. With the addition of
full-time staff, the MCDC became the administrator of the Leadership Red Rock
The Marion County Coal Mining History video was created in 1997 while the
MCDC started publication of a travel guide in 1998. In 1999, the MCDC initiated
a process to create a 20-year Marion County Recreation Plan. During the spring
of 2000, the MCDC launched the
www.marioncountyiowa.com Internet sites.
The Iowa Tourism Office and Travel Federation of Iowa have recognized Marion
County for the following awards:
- 1996, 1998, 2001, 2003 & 2005 Iowa Tourism County of the Year
- 1998, 2002 & 2004 Top Consumer Brochure (population 20,000 and up)
- 2000 & 2004 Hospitality Award
In addition, during 2002 the Professional Developers of Iowa awarded the MCDC
the top honors for Internal Communications and Brochure.
The Marion County Development Commission is a department of county government
whose 11 commissioners are appointed for 3-year terms on a rotating basis by the
Marion County Board of Supervisors. The Marion County Development Commission
meetings are generally held the 2nd Friday of each month at 7:15 a.m. at various
locations around the county.
Members of the Marion County Development office belong to the following
organizations (an asterick indicates the organization may employ a registered
||Central Iowa Tourism Region
||Travel Federation of Iowa
||Iowa Innovation Gateway
Department Head Name:
Address of Development Commission office:
214 E Main St
Knoxville Iowa 50138
Hours Office is open:
Monday - Friday
8:00 A.M - 4:30 P.M.
Schedule Varies, please call ahead to verify office is open
used in the MCDC office
Tourism Site - Red Rock Area
Marion County Development Commission