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April 26, 2017

If you haven’t heard, Ames was recently named the Technology Community of the Year by the Technology Association of Iowa. It’s a big deal and serves as validation for numerous people working tirelessly to put Ames on the radar in the tech community. Ames was up against some tough competition...
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February 22, 2017

The goal of the Ames Economic Development Commission, The Ames Chamber of Commerce and any of our affiliate organizations is to work to make Ames a better place. When you start the process of picturing a future, “better” Ames, it’s easy to let the imagination run wild. What’s tougher is...
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January 1, 2017

At the beginning of each year, I like to take some time to reflect on our “wins” from the previous year and set some strategic goals for the months ahead. When I think back on 2016, highlights include The Ames Foundation joining our team as an affiliate, season 6 of...
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November 30, 2016

Earlier this month, an idea for a Healthy Life Center was presented to the Ames Chamber of Commerce and Ames Economic Development Commission boards. Though it is still in the very early stages of discussion, I think the proposed concept would be an asset to our community and merits our...
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October 26, 2016

With the presidential election garnering much of the media and national attention, state and local candidates seeking election or re-election on this year’s ballot are often overshadowed. As we have less than two weeks to the general election, I want to remind you to look critically at all names on...
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September 28, 2016

As one of the Ames Chamber of Commerce’s longest-standing programs, I truly believe Leadership Ames is among the most valuable things we do as Ames’ business organization. With this fall marking the beginning of its 30th year, I wanted to take the opportunity to showcase the leadership program which has...
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August 31, 2016

The lack of fully-served industrial sites has been an Achilles heel for the market as far back as I can remember. Ensuring that land is available for industrial purposes has been a priority of the Ames City Council for many years and is currently the first bullet point under the...
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July 27, 2016

I once heard a long-time economic developer from another part of the U.S. say that you could tell a lot about how a community was doing economically by the number of cranes in the sky. A quick survey this week would find at least four construction cranes above the Ames...
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June 29, 2016

A highly skilled workforce is paramount to the work that we do here at the Ames Economic Development Commission. New and rapidly growing companies in Ames and Story County are constantly looking to pull from a pool of talent to meet their increasing workforce demands. Having lots of job openings...
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May 25, 2016

Earlier this month the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) proclaimed the first week of May Economic Development Week to highlight the importance of a coordinated economic development effort in communities. When groups work in unison in the pursuit of economic development, new jobs are created and businesses are successful which...
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