The Dallas Area Visitors Center is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting Dallas to surrounding communities and beyond. As a State recognized Visitor Center, we provide information about all of the many wonderful things Polk County and Dallas has to offer, along with State travel information such as Travel Salem.
The mission of the Dallas Area Visitors Center is to stimulate the economy, commerce, growth and tourism. The Visitors Center is committed to promoting the Dallas area, through marketing and advertising, as a great place to live, work, and do business. The Visitors Center provides information to visitors, potential residents, and new businesses.
Explore. Discover. Live
Who are we?
Chief Executive Officer
JD spent nearly 2 years with the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce under a contract with Incite Inc., where he participated in a workforce development project called the Career Achievement Network. While serving at Salem Chamber he went back to school to finish his Bachelor’s degree. Shinn earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Management & Organizational Leadership from George Fox University. He will be tasked with leading the Chamber and Visitor Center to new heights. JD is a Dallas High School Graduate. He brings a passion for people and an attitude of servant leadership to the community.
Events & Programs Manager
Bonnie Dreier has worked for the Dallas Area Visitors Center since 2007, and has been a major contributor to the success of its programs. Promoted to Events and Programs Manager in January of 2017 she is constantly serving the community through her passion for tourism, agriculture and community togetherness. Whether it is working with her Vendors for the Polk County Bounty Market or facilitating an event, Bonnie is always present with a smile and a welcoming heart that makes her easy to approach and brings a light to everyone she works with.
Ashley rounds out our team with her creative ideas and innovation. Firmly rooted in Dallas with her husband and their four boys, Ashley is committed to helping Dallas be the very best it can be. She uses her outside of the box thinking to help bring appealing content to our social media platforms and event planning. If you're ever looking for Ashley at an event you'll find her engaging with members of the community or in line for food.
The Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce started the Visitors Center in 2005. The purpose was to give both organizations focus on their missions and programs, as well as seperate funding mechanisms. The Visitors Center worked hard to form the organization and is proud to hold contracts with the City as the official "tourism organization" and the "host & coordinator of all of the major community events". We also work heavily with visitors and people interested in or who have recently moved into our community, encouraging all to "Explore. Discover. Live."