Ames Chamber of Commerce

Op-Ed - 2016 Archive

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...
Read More about Adding Value to our Community through Collaboration – the Healthy Life Center Concept

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...
Read More about Vote Your Voice: Change Starts at the Local Level

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...
Read More about Leadership Ames: harnessing the potential of local difference-makers

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...
Read More about Annexation: Preparing Ames for Economic Opportunity

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...
Read More about Cranes over Ames – Signs of Economic Progress

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...
Read More about Workforce Solutions – Talent Critical to Economic Development Success

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...
Read More about The Importance of Economic Development – Catalyst for Community Betterment

April 27, 2016

The first ever national Economic Development week will be celebrated May 8- 14, 2016. With that in mind, I wanted to highlight one of the most important economic development projects currently going on in the Ames/Story County community. The Ames Municipal Airport is undergoing a considerable make-over thanks to a...
Read More about Airport Modernization Project – A Key Economic Development Asset for Ames

March 30, 2016

The Ames Main Street Farmers’ Market (AMSFM) will kick off its sixth season on Saturday May 7th on the 300 and 400 blocks of Main Street. If you haven’t experienced a Satur­day at the Ames Main Street Farm­ers’ Market in the past five years, you’ve been missing out – it...
Read More about Start of Ames Farmers' Market season just around the corner
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