Information about the Marion County Development Commission (MCDC) in Marion County, Iowa.

  Marion County, Iowa - Development Commission

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.


COVID-19 - Business Resources for Marion County

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 others.

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.

2019 Leadership Red Rock Program

Applications for the 2019 Leadership Red Rock program are now available and are due by September 30th, 2019. Click on the links below for additional information.

2019 Leadership Red Rock - Program Information

2019 Leadership Red Rock - Schedule

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

Single-Family Housing

Rental Housing

Senior Housing

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 schedule.

Ads for the Red Rock Area (Marion County) Guide are sold only by Sarah Francis and Carla Eysink. For more information contact [email protected]

The Marion County Development Commission Announces a New and Improved Red Rock Area Tourism 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 program.

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 or 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 lobbyist):

  Central Iowa Tourism Region Member
* Travel Federation of Iowa Member
  Iowa Innovation Gateway Member
  Opportunity2 Member
  Professional Developers of Iowa Member
  Greater Des Moines Partnership Member
  Marion County Employers Council Member
  Central College EAM Advisory Council Member
Department Head Name:
Carla Eysink
[email protected]

Address of Development Commission office:

3014 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

Phone Number:
(641) 828-2257

MCDC Forms:
Downloadable forms
used in the MCDC office

MCDC Links:

Tourism Site - Red Rock Area

Marion County Development Commission

Marion County Beacon

Shoreline of Red Rock Lake in Marion County, Iowa

Wooden coal miner statue in Memorial Park

Cordova Observation Tower

Visit the Marion County Parks!