Learn more about the organizations that fall under the Chamber umbrella.
The Ames Economic Development Commission organizes and promotes sound economic growth in Ames and central Iowa by stimulating the expansion of existing industry, attracting new enterprises, and assuring a favorable community climate for new ideas and economic growth.
The Ames Foundation serves as the catalyst for the identification and execution of projects that enhance the quality of life and create a greater sense of community among citizens. For more than 30 years, The Ames Foundation has sought out and raised money for both large and small projects to enhance the city including the Restoration of the historic Band Shell Park, the beautification of Downtown Ames, the Veterans Memorial and the City of Ames Dog Park. The Foundation also connects resources with projects in cooperation with public agencies, civic organizations, private entities and individuals.
Ames Main Street was established on January 1, 2014. It is the result of a 2-year local initiative to create a unique identity and focus for downtown. The presence of key cultural institutions in Downtown Ames - along with unique, locally owned businesses - made this move a logical development. The concept has been strongly embraced by numerous community businesses, organizations, and individual residents. Ames Main Street is an investor-based organization, open to anyone in the community that would like to support its development and enjoy its benefits.
Fresh fruits, veggies, meats & breads. Hand crafted goods. Family entertainment. The Ames Main Street Farmers' Market has it all! Located on the 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including the Tom Evans Plaza, the Ames Main Street Farmers’ Market brings local food and fun to the heart of Ames. Discover something new every Saturday.
The Campustown Action Association (CAA) is made up of Ames and ISU community members who seek to improve and promote all that is Campustown. We are passionate about the students, the residents, the businesses, the culture, and the overall atmosphere that makes Campustown such a unique and energetic place. We are business owners, active community members, students, faculty, property owners, and just people who love the area.
Startup Ames is an initiative led by local entrepreneurs that brings together local entrepreneurs to foster a robust community––creating fertile ground to launch new businesses in Ames. We value a vision for world changing innovation, high quality community life, individuals who possess an irresistible entrepreneurial spirit, and a thriving culture in our city – Ames.
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Formed in 2002 and affiliated with the Ames Chamber of Commerce, YPA exists to connect young professionals with each other, the business community, and the city in which we live, work and play.
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