On December 12 the Ames Chamber of Commerce held its annual event. This year’s event focused on our Bold Vision for 2020 and beyond, and it was great to see so many business leaders in Story County get on board with our vision. We will be launching our new strategic plan wrapped around the idea of this bold vision in the first part of the new year, and I’m excited for you to see it.
Last night the Ames Chamber of Commerce and affiliate organizations celebrated their 2019 annual award winners during a special ceremony at Ames Golf & Country Club. I am always impressed to see the number of award winners we have each year, because they represent a part of the incredible momentum and growth of our community.
Diversity and inclusion have been brought to the forefront of workforce dialogue, and it’s a conversation that is long overdue. As I meet with Chamber members, it’s clear that the business community is thirsty for more information on this important topic.
It’s back to school time! Every August our community seems to come to life again, with an influx of students moving to campus.
We’ve heard a lot about the proposed Healthy Life Center (HLC) in recent months. This project is a progressive partnership that will create opportunities for intergenerational interaction, and the Ames Chamber of Commerce proudly supports this initiative as it goes to community vote next month.
A startling number of ISU’s graduates, however, won’t be joining the American workforce. It’s not because they can’t find jobs. It’s because they were born in another country. Under our current immigration system, it’s incredibly hard for American businesses to hire and retain skilled foreign graduates.
Learn more about the keynote speaker presenting at the July 16 Leadership Luncheon on maximizing your authentic potential.
There is always plenty to do in Ames, and this summer is no exception! Ames has many fun and unique events to be excited about, and there is something everyone in the family can look forward to. These events help show our awesome sense of community and why Ames is so special. Let me tell you about some of them.
Each May the Ames Economic Development Commission (AEDC) celebrates Economic Development Week, celebrating the power of partnerships and highlighting the importance of a coordinated economic development effort in communities.
Did you know that Story County has the lowest unemployment rate in the state? This isn’t a new occurrence, this has been happening for quite some time with no end in sight. Our strong economy and steady growth in business has created an environment where the number of jobs created outpaces the population growth.