The Ottumwa Courier

May 14, 2013

Business Briefs

Ottumwa Courier

---- — New Fairfieldapp available

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Convention & Visitors Bureau has released a mobile app as the latest component of its tourism marketing campaign. The app, available for use on smartphones, is an extension to the bureau’s efforts, providing detailed information to visitors a residents alike, making it easy and convenient to find activities, events and restaurants around Fairfield.

Officials said anyone downloading the app will be able to use the various tabs to find attractions and locate services, keep up to date with event listings, syncing them with their calendar, receive notifications about special deals and local events, share photos and connect by phone with local restaurants, hotels and shops using the built-in directory.

“The bureau is really excited to announce this cutting-edge addition of the app in our marketing tool-box,” said Rustin Lippincott, executive director of the Fairfield CVB. “The app will allow visitors and residents alike to get the inside scoop on Fairfield and tips on all the exciting things to see and do all year round. The app includes easy-to-search comprehensive listings for events, dining, attractions and shopping. We are excited to have the app ready with various tabs: special RAGBRAI, Events, Around Town, Run and More tabs. The app will continue to evolve for the Bureau as we continue to develop new ways to reach the visitor.”

The app is free to download from the Google Playstore for Android or the App Store for iPhones and iPads.

Yard of the Month program continues

OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Yard of the Month program recognizes the efforts of residents — both homeowners and tenants — that demonstrate a clear and consistent desire to maintain or improve their properties and whose efforts are a model and inspiration for the neighborhood and others to follow.

Winners receive a special sign to place in their front yard presented by the mayor or representative, a certificate of recognition signed by the mayor and Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce director and several gifts donated by local merchants.

The chamber continues to accept nomination forms for June 2013 Yards of the Month at the chamber of office. All nominations for June must be received by May 20. Anyone may submit a nomination form to the chamber office.