counties-600Southern Iowa Tourism is a group of volunteer Tourism Groups, Chambers of Commerce, and Development Groups dedicated to promoting tourism across southern Iowa. Founded in 1988, the organization now consists of eight counties including Adair, Clarke, Decatur, Lucas, Ringgold, Taylor, Union, and Wayne.

In February of 1992, the group published their first tourism guide, printing 50,000 copies and distributing them across the state. The group was awarded the Iowa Governor’s Volunteer Award in 1991 for their hard work in promoting Iowa.

Over the years, the volunteer organization has continued to publish and distribute the annual tabloid at travel shows, the Iowa State Fair, and locally throughout the participating counties. Events, festivals and celebrations are listed in the Calendar of Events, while individual activities and tourist attractions are shown in editorials throughout the tabloid.

Executive Committee


Ellen Gerharz
Union County


Linda Bauer
Taylor County


Linda Baynes
Lucas County

County Contacts

Adair County

Bill Daleske
Bedford Area Chamber
Phone: 712-523-3637
Website: 712-523-3637

Decatur County

Shannon Erb
Decatur County Development Corporation
Phone: 641-442-6511
Email: serb@dcdciowa.org
Website: www.dcdciowa.org | www.leonchamber.org | www.leadonlamoni.com

Lucas County

Kris Patrick
Chariton Chamber & Development
Phone: 641-774-4059
Email: kris@charitonchambermainstreet.com
Website: www.charitonchambermainstreet.com

Ringgold County

Karen Bender
Ringgold County Chamber & Development
Phone: 641-464-3704
Email: ringgolddevelopment@gmail.com
Website: www.mountayriowa.org.

Taylor County

Michelle Tullberg
Lenox Area Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 641-333-4272
Email: lenoxchamber@lenoxia.com
Website: www.lenoxia.com

Union County

Ellen Gerharz
Creston Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 641-782-7022
Email: chamber@crestoniowachamber.com
Website: www.crestoniowachamber.com

Wayne County

Denise Becker
Wayne County Development
Phone: 641-872-1536
Email: wayneco@grm.net
Website: www.waynecountyiowa.com

Website Administrator

Kolton Hewlett
Phone: 641-344-0624
Email: koltonhewlett@gmail.com