Tourism & Event Planning
I’m currently the director of Muscatine’s Convention and Visitors Bureau with the city of Muscatine.
Muscatine Second Saturday: A monthly arts and music street fest held in historic downtown Muscatine from 5-8 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month from June-October that I started in 2016 with a committee of dedicated and visionary community volunteers. It features food vendors, arts and handicraft vendors, live music and other live entertainment, plus most of our unique downtown shops are open late for it! The event’s goals are to promote the arts in Muscatine, bring visitors to Muscatine, and to support the economic success of downtown. It’s been an absolutely incredible success so far and continues to grow everyday!
In addition to heading the planning committee for the Second Saturday event, I also run the website, the site’s blog and the event’s social media. Along with my fellow committee members, I solicit sponsors, do the event marketing, and do the design work as well.
Also as Muscatine’s CVB Director, I have worked on the Girls Getaway Weekend event (which you can learn more about here and here) and am the hospitality chair for the 2016 Muscatine RAGBRAI committee. (RAGBRAI is an annual bike ride across Iowa held by the Des Moines Register. Muscatine is the 2016 ending town, meaning that riders will dip their tires into the Mississippi River here on July 30. We’re excited to see them come!)
As CVB Director, I also started, maintain and write for the CVB’s new blog, Made In Muscatine.
I have recently forayed into the world of graphic design, designing ads for the CVB as well as social media images plus other materials for Muscatine Second Saturday.
I dabble in landscape and cityscape photography, some of which I have for sale on Redbubble.
I also post travel and lifestyle photography on my Instagram, @ky_cochran.
I was previously a reporter at the Muscatine Journal, in Muscatine, Iowa, and I doubled as both a photographer and a film critic.
You can see the work I did for the Journal on the Journal’s website here.