Ames Chamber of Commerce

Workforce Solutions

Attracting a suitable workforce is critically important, and a recent labor report clearly illustrates that Ames has the workforce capable of efficiently operating any sized project. Not only is Ames part of a biotechnology-rich corridor in central Iowa, but Ames is also home to Iowa State University, a world-renowned research university.

Our Workforce Solutions Programming strives to connect employers to job seekers and highlight the incredible career opportunities available in Ames and Story County. For more information on any of the below programming, contact us at 515-232-2310 today! 


The Ames Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with and support Workforce Solutions opportunities in Story County.


Here's just a handful:

Workforce Attraction

Aspects of our workforce attraction program include but are not limited to the following: and, our comprehensive Ames/Story County/Boone job and relocation board; Home Base Iowa program, career fairs (local, regional, and virtual), and key partner sponsorships with the ISU Alumni Association and Technology Association of Iowa. The overall goal of these efforts is to enhance the recruiting and retention efforts of our Story County businesses.

Work In Ames Local Job Board is a local job board for the Ames/Story County area. Our community is fortunate to offer a wide range of career opportunities.  With this site, employers are able to post jobs for free! Those looking for a job in Ames are able to search a list of openings for full time, part time and internship positions. We hope you'll find the job board a helpful way to become a part of our vibrant workforce!

Search Your Next Career Opportunity Today

DMACC Career Academy

Enroll in one of DMACC’s eight Career Academy Programs and enter the workforce with an Associate’s Degree and highly trained in the field of your choice. Programs available on the Ames campus include Automotive Collision Technology, Automotive Mechanics Technology, Building Trades/Finish Carpentry, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Health Occupations and the Teacher Academy.

Learn more about the DMACC Career Academy

PreK-12 Programming

We actively promote a number of initiatives that seek to unite schools and our business community as well as develop highly skilled and adaptable innovators and leaders. These initiatives include but are not limited to: Future Ready Story County career exploration and preparedness website, youth leadership programming, SCALE, Ames Business Engagement Collaborative, career fairs, apprenticeships, Teaching for the Workforce professional development conference, and student/parent career exposure opportunities.

Future Ready Story County

It’s never too early to start thinking about what you want to be when you grow up! Future Ready Story County (FRSC) is an online resource for students from preschool to high school that allows them to explore career paths, find job shadow opportunities, check-out upcoming events. Furthermore, FRSC is designed to connect PK-12 teachers, students, parents and local businesses to strengthen synergies within the community and provide students with unique, hands-on learning experiences that will help them be future ready, whatever that future may be!

Check it out today!

Talent Development

The overall goal of this aspect of our Workforce Solutions programming is to support the overall economic recovery of Story County and Boone. We will do this by implementing the following initiatives: supporting up-skill training opportunities, encouraging local child care provider training, host a women in manufacturing event, and other opportunities that will support talent development in Story County and Boone.

Leadership Ames

Leadership Ames was created in 1988 by the Ames Chamber of Commerce to develop informed, involved and concerned local leaders. The program gives both experienced and emerging leaders a broader view of civic leadership responsibilities and opportunities through direct contact with a wide spectrum of institutions and people who shape the community where we live and work. The mission of the Leadership Ames programming is to develop leadership abilities and cultivate relationships to promote community involvement and advancement.

Learn more about Leadership Ames

Teaching for the Workforce Academy

In partnership with DMACC, we are pleased to offer the Story County Teaching for the Workforce Academy each summer for regional teachers. This interactive workshop is four days long and is packed with tours, panels, keynotes, and more. After this course, teachers from preschool to high school will have a better understanding of today’s STEM workplaces and build an understanding of skills required for workplace success. Students who attend the academy are eligible for two license renewal credits through the AEA. Registration for the next session will open in Spring 2020.

See Yourself in Ames

A series of Summer events for interns and young professionals in the Ames/Story County/Boone area. These events are an opportunity for interns and young professionals to acquaint themselves with Story County, enhance professional development, and network with our business community.

Learn More about See Yourself in Ames

Intern Guide

We have also created an Intern Guide to help businesses develop an intern program. 

Download it here!

Interested in sponsoring one or more of these programs? Call 515-232-2310 today!

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