Lisa Rau, (GMLC Class of 2019) is leaving Silver Dollar City to join the City of Branson as the communications director.

Rau, SDC’s director of publicity & public relations, has been with the theme park since 1990. Before then, Rau was a news reporter with KYTV.

Rau will join the city of Branson March 15. She will be responsible for outreach and communication channels that promote Branson’s reputation, according to a news release from the city.

“Lisa (Rau) is a communications icon who has drastically moved the bar in a positive direction for Silver Dollar City and for the Branson area as a whole,” stated Branson Mayor Larry Milton. “To have someone of her magnitude join the City of Branson is an incredible opportunity. She is passionate about Branson and I am thrilled she has chosen to continue to serve our community.”

Lisa Rau said in a news release that she is looking forward to working with Branson’s leadership team.

“This is an outstanding way to serve our community while continuing to be part of the ever-evolving story of our world-class destination that offers visitors multi-faceted family entertainment, along with a wonderful lifestyle for those who reside here,” Rau said.

Rau was the second to hold the role in publicity at Silver Dollar City, during which she garnered accolades through several organizations, a Mid-America Emmy for video storytelling and several American Advertising Awards.

This article is from the Springfield News Leader. Sara Karnes is an Outdoors Reporter with the Springfield News-Leader. Follow along with her adventures on Twitter and Instagram @Sara_Karnes. Got a story to tell? Email her at