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.
Red Rock Area Top 10 Young Professionals Award
Marion County Development Commission is requesting nominations of young
professionals that live and work in Marion County, and are between the ages of
18 and 40 as of July 10th. Click on the link below for the nomination form.
Comprehensive Housing Analysis Study
The Marion County Development Commission has completed
its' housing study and the information is now available to the public and other
interested parties. Click on the links below.
Housing Study Presentation - Overview
Housing Study Presentation - Power Point
Comprehensive Housing Study - Complete
Executive Summaries by Category
Any group that would like the complete report presented at a meeting should use
one of the contact methods shown on the right-hand side of this page to
Career Academy of Pella - DMACC
DMACC will be offering classes this Fall at the Career Academy of Pella. For
information about these classes click on the link below. Also listed below is
contact information if you have any additional questions.
Kelly Mitchell, Business Solutions Consultant, DMACC Business Resources, 1111 E.
Army Post Road, Des Moines, IA 50315 Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org Office: 515.256.4922 Cell:
641.780.3446 Fax: 515.964.6206
Class Descriptions and Schedules
The Professional Developers of Iowa (PDI) honored economic development
organizations from Iowa City, Marion County, Sioux City, and Marion during the
SMART Economic Development Conference held in Des Moines on May 7.
The PDI Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) Awards Program recognizes the
outstanding efforts of local and regional economic development initiatives in
supporting growth and expansion of existing Iowa companies.
on the link below for additional information.
SCORE "Simple Steps for Starting Your Business" Series Workships
For additional information about the workshop series click on the link below.
SCORE Series Workshops Brochure
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.
Current Development Commission Board Members
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
||Professional Developers of Iowa
||Greater Des Moines Partnership
||Marion County Employers Council
||Central College EAM Advisory Council