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Iowa recognizes Fairfield as tourist destination
by M.U.M. Review staff writer

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15 November 2005

Fairfield and the University community are increasingly attracting attention as tourist destinations, sparked in part by the extraordinary local creativity.

The First Fridays Art Walk, which regularly exhibits faculty and student art, was recently named the 2005 Tourism Event of the Year by the Iowa Tourism Office. The award was based on attendance figures, effectiveness in promoting tourism, and involvement of the community.

In addition, Fairfield was recently designated as a 'cultural district' by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

This designation recognizes Fairfield's vibrant and diverse art and entertainment activities, as well as its many cultural facilities.

As a result of the designation, Fairfield will now be eligible for tax credits for rehabilitating historic structures as well as cultural grants from state agencies such as the Iowa Arts Council, the State Historic Society, the Iowa Department of Economic Development, and the Iowa Finance Authority.

The area of the cultural district includes downtown, east along Burlington Avenue, south on Main Street, the New Chicago area, and the Broadway Building.

The forthcoming Jefferson County Civic Center, to be located at the corner of Main Street and Briggs Avenue, will also foster tourism. Work on the foundation began recently, and construction is expected to take 16 months.

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