Ames Chamber of Commerce

Op-Ed - Page 5

June 28, 2017

I live by the philosophy that there’s always work to be done. You’ll hear me praise Ames and Story County over and over again for all that we have to offer – world-class companies, a highly-educated workforce, an outstanding university and community college – overall we have an extremely vibrant...
Read More about Inter-City trips provide inspiration for continual improvement

May 31, 2017

I look forward to June every year because it means meeting the 100+ interns that are spending their summer at companies here in the Ames area. This will be the fifth year we have partnered with local companies to host a summer-long program aimed at helping students visualize their future...
Read More about See Yourself in Ames

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...
Read More about Technology Community of the Year – a well-deserved recognition for Ames

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...
Read More about Vision 2022: Saying yes to Ames

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...
Read More about Positive Energy in 2017

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
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