About Us

We wear many hats, coordinating, promoting, and supporting tourism and development in Jamestown, ND, and surrounding areas. A big (and fun!) part of that mission is to provide visitors with friendly service, helping furnish the information they need to make their visit great.

Jamestown Tourisms mission is to coordinate, promote and support tourism growth and development in Jamestown, ND and the surrounding areas. 

Contact us at 701-251-9145 or 1-800-222-4766. Our Visitors Information Center is located at 404 17th ST SE in Jamestown.

Meet Our Team


Executive Director

Searle’s experience of 14 years at Concordia College in a variety of capacities, most recently as the Associate Director of Alumni Relations, have served him well in this position. Searle views Jamestown as “A jewel on the prairie that provides wonderful access to historical events, social outlets and its people provide the element of hospitality that make it unique.”


Visitor Experience Manager

The smiling face that greets you when you walk into the Visitors Information Center will likely belong to Allison. Allison is an NDSU Alum with a Bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in Communications. Her previous experience with historical research, exhibit implementation, and office management have served her well in this role. She was born and raised in North Dakota, and is very excited to be a part of the Jamestown Tourism team. 

Board Of Directors

The Jamestown Tourism Board of Directors is composed of up to 15 Jamestown and Stutsman County representatives. The Full Board usually meets monthly on the 4th Monday of the month. The Grant and Executive Committee usually meet monthly on the 3rd Thursday of the month.

Executive Board

Tena Lawrence – President

Paulette Ritter – Vice President

Frank Balak – Treasurer

Taylor Barnes – At-Large

Pam Phillips – At-Large

Full Board

Sean Johnson

Amanda Thrift

Christian Cairy

Bethany Jobson

David Schloegel – City Council Laiason Ex-Officio

Pam Fosse – Ex-Officio

Connie Ova or Corry Shevlin – Ex-Officio

Emily Bivens – Ex-Officio

Upcoming Meetings

*Due to Covid 19 meetings are virtual.

The Grant/Executive Board meetings are scheduled for the third Thursday of the month at CSi Franklin School Second Floor Conference Room at 11:30 a.m.

The Full Board meetings are scheduled for the fourth Monday of the month at the Holiday Inn Express at 5:15 p.m.

Changes to the scheduled board meetings will be announced ahead of time and reported in the Jamestown Sun. 


Jamestown Tourism offers grant funding to non-profit or municipal organizations for projects that enhance the impact of the tourism industry in Jamestown, ND and Stutsman County.  New projects and events which bring in overnight visitors to stay in our lodging facilities will be given top priority when awarding grant funds.

Jamestown Tourism General Grants

City Promotional Capital Construction Grant Fund

These requests are due by March 1st and October 1st of each year and will be heard at the Jamestown Tourism Grant/Exec Meeting of March and October. 

Grant Guidelines And Application

Talking Trail Stop Proposal

The Jamestown Talking Trail tells the story of Jamestown. If you have an idea for a story or stop, please submit the proposal form to our Board of Directors for review. 

Talking Trail Stop Proposal Form