Ames Chamber of Commerce

Ames Chamber Welcomes New Director of Community & Economic Development Outreach

August 27, 2021

The Ames Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Commission is pleased to welcome Steele Harter to the team as the Director of Community & Economic Development Outreach.

“Steele will be a tremendous addition to our team, “ said Dan Culhane, President & CEO of the Ames Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Commission. “His energy, educational background and recent experience in economic development make him the right person to help Ames and Story County continue to grow.”

As the Director of Community & Economic Development Outreach, Harter will serve as the liaison between the Ames Economic Development Commission and the rural communities outside of Ames. In this role he will focus on the development of “small” or new business start-ups in the retail, commercial, and industrial sectors.

"I am most excited to start my new position because I know I will be making a difference in the communities I work with," said Harter. "Working hands-on with citizens and local city staff can be very rewarding. I like to know when projects are completed that I made an impact on a community and people’s lives."

Harter graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Community and Regional Planning and recently worked with the Economic Development team at the City of Urbandale.

Harter began his position on August 23 and be contacted at steele@ameschamber.com.

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