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    Wednesday, August 16, 2017
    Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate said in a press release there have been a record amount of new business filings during the recent fiscal year. In Ottumwa, the news has been mixed: Two major retailers left town during the past 12 months. Department stores and other big chains have closed locations around Iowa. But there were multiple smaller stores that opened here. "It's the small ones ...read more
    Categories: News, Economic, Community, Iowa News
    Wednesday, August 16, 2017
    A plan to help beautify downtown Mason City with a Frank Lloyd Wright theme has the "backing" of Iowa Arts Council, the Mason City Chamber of Commerce and a downtown business. And the backing takes on more than one meaning because the beautification involves the back of a building — Brick Furniture — which will soon be adorned with a mural bearing a Frank Lloyd Wright style ...read more
    Categories: Community, News, Iowa News
    Wednesday, August 16, 2017
    When it comes to raising children location is important. Parents want their children to have the opportunity to attend the best schools and also to enjoy their childhoods and make friends. But many places with the best schools and the best economic opportunities tend to be the least affordable. SmartAsset considered these and other metrics to find the best places for children in 2017. Key Findings ...read more
    Categories: Community, Papers/Research, News, Iowa News
    Monday, August 14, 2017
    After many years of exodus from downtowns, communities of all sizes are re-envisioning their core retail, cultural, historical and housing districts and pouring resources into revitalizing the city centers. Why? Because a lively downtown is a major quality of feature, and continues to be the heartbeat of a healthy community. The Boone County Chamber of Commerce staff is spending much of our time ...read more
    Categories: Economic, News, Iowa News
    Monday, August 14, 2017
    Marion was named a 2017 All-Star Community by the Iowa League of Cities for the Klopfenstein Amphitheater for the Performing Arts at Lowe Park. Judges determine winners based on innovative efforts in areas such as urban renewal, development, preservation, collaborative efforts or quality of life improvements. Marion was among three of Iowa's 945 cities to garner such recognition. Read the full ...read more
    Categories: News, Human Interest, Community, Iowa News
    Wednesday, August 02, 2017
    With the policy landscape constantly shifting, staying up to date can be a challenge for chambers across the country. Our agenda this year will be jam-packed with valuable advocacy and communications workshops, a look at the new administration and its policies, and an overview of the issues that matter the most at the local, state, and federal levels. October 25: Downtown Chicago REGISTER HERE
    Categories: Education, Events & Training
    Thursday, July 27, 2017
    The man who heads the Spirit Lake Chamber of Commerce is also now in charge of operations at the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. It was announced today (Wed.) Blaine Andera has been hired as Chief Executive Officer of that organization as well. LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW
    Categories: News, Iowa News
    Thursday, July 27, 2017
    The only leader the regional Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce has ever known is stepping down. President and CEO Tara Barney announced her resignation early Friday, citing the desire "to pass the torch to new leadership." "I'm honored to have led the Quad-Cities Chamber, alongside great area leaders and a strong staff," Barney said in a news release. "The community has ...read more
    Categories: Iowa News, News
    Thursday, July 20, 2017
    Click Here to Create Your ICCE Member Account As part of your ICCE membership, we have included FREE benefits that help you succeed. One of those benefits is the Member Information Center (MIC). This online community is a hub for daily interactions, allowing members to access resources and benefits while building integrated relationships with other ICCE members. Easily update your contact ...read more
    Categories: Events & Training
    Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    Northwest Iowa cities put final touches on RAGBRAI plans Day One of RAGBRAI will see roughly 25,000 riders, friends and family members descending upon Orange City, then riding to Spencer. Handling that onslaught of people means preparations are high in those two towns. While organizers in both say things are on track, volunteers are still needed in a final push. Spencer, population 11,233, is ...read more
    Categories: News, Community, Economic, Iowa News
    Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    Bringing investments to Downtown Davenport Downtown Davenport Partnership helps keep area growing The Downtown Davenport Partnership is a division of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce that's dedicated to building momentum to growing Downtown Davenport's economy. The area saw 62.5 million dollars in completed projects last year, with more than 108 million dollars under construction and ...read more
    Categories: News, Economic, Iowa News
    Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    A Democratic congressman from Iowa has announced a $400,000 federal grant awarded to the Ottumwa Regional Airport. Rep. Dave Loebsack says the grant comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration. The funding will be used for the reconstruction of 6,500 feet of the existing runway pavement that has reached the end of its useful life. Loebsack says ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Iowa News
    Friday, July 14, 2017
    2017’s Most & Least Energy-Expensive States Get ready to crank up your air conditioner — and utility budget. July tends to be the hottest month of the year. So if your heat-averse body forces you to be more consumptive than conservative, this month’s higher-than-usual power bill could burn a hole through your wallet. In the U.S., energy costs eat between 5 and 22 percent of ...read more
    Categories: Iowa News, Education, Papers/Research
    Wednesday, July 12, 2017
    Robots, artificial intelligence and automation are reshaping Iowa's workforce. Is your job at risk? If one machine goes down inside the Country Maid plant, the whole operation devoted to churning out Butter Braid pastries comes to a screeching halt. The stainless steel giants that make up the automated production line constantly talk with each other. When something goes wrong at one station, ...read more
    Categories: News, Iowa News
    Wednesday, July 12, 2017
    Main Street Centerville seeking challenge grant applicants Main Street Centerville is looking for local groups, individuals and business owners interested in applying to compete for this year’s Main Street Challenge Grant. The grant can award between $15,000 and $75,000 to the recipients, but requires a 100 percent match. “So the minimum project is $30,000 … since it’s a ...read more
    Categories: Community, News, Iowa News
    Wednesday, July 12, 2017
    These 9 chefs in Des Moines are getting into a food fight Nine central Iowa chefs are ready to rumble. They're bringing their A-game to an evening of fun culinary combat. And they'll be fighting for first prize by creating tasty small-plate items for a crowd. And as they battle one another, they'll be battling hunger. Morsel Combat , a cooking competition featuring chefs from all over ...read more
    Categories: News
    Tuesday, July 11, 2017
    MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS NOW 2017 FALL CONFERENCE SEPTEMBER 20 – 22, 2017 RIVERSIDE CASINO & GOLF RESORT HOSTED BY: WASHINGTON AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Whether it’s membership renewals, event sponsorship, talent attraction or any number of other items you chamber tackles on a daily basis, you need training on the best things to focus on for success. ICCE is presenting a two day ...read more
    Categories: Education, Events & Training
    Tuesday, July 11, 2017
    ICCE has launched a series of meetings, one in each region across Iowa, to help garner member input and provide updates between chamber executives. These meetings give the organizations the opportunity to provide direct input to both ICCE and other chamber staff regarding current issues, efforts, programs and growth within Iowa. Regional meetings are coordinated ICCE meetings within each region ...read more
    Categories: Events & Training, Programs & Services
    Monday, July 10, 2017
    New Local Chamber Leade rs ICCE would like to provide a warm welcome to Iowa's newest executive directors: Kati Henry, Executive Director - Osage Chamber of Commerce: Learn more here Susie Bormann, Executive Director - Red Oak Chamber and Industry Association: More Information Here Natalie Close, Executive Director – Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce: Click for More
    Categories: News
    Monday, July 10, 2017
    It can be hard to understand how someone else feels, especially if you’re 11. But 24 children getting ready to start middle school recently spent some time empathizing. They were guided by staff of the University of Northern Iowa Center for Urban Education Leadership Academy, made up of UNI education majors and area high school teachers. The students worked in groups with academy teachers, ...read more
    Categories: News, Education, Iowa News
    Friday, June 16, 2017
    Des moines downtown Chamber of commerce NAMED finalist for industry award Des Moines, IA (June 13, 2017) — The Des Moines Downtown Chamber of Commerce has been named a finalist for the 2017 Chamber of the Year award, presented by Alexandria, Va.-based Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, and sponsored by Indianapolis-based WebLink International. Finalists for the award ¾ ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, News, Press Release, Iowa News
    Thursday, June 01, 2017
    ICCE Orientation Fall Conference - September 20 th , 2:30 PM. In our ever changing industry, it is tough to keep up with everything. We want to make it easier to understand the benefits and tools that ICCE provides. This essential training will give you an overview and understanding into the importance of ICCE, how to become involved in our programs and other essential first steps to your ...read more
    Categories: Programs & Services
    Thursday, June 01, 2017
    Mason City Chamber offers program for interns North Iowa businesses are encouraged to involve summer interns in a program designed to connect young workers to the community and to each other in a new program sponsored by the Mason City Chamber of Commerce. "College Connections" will provide a series of social and educational activities on a once-a-week schedule from June 1 to July 27. ...read more
    Categories: News
    Thursday, June 01, 2017
    Sterilite builds a factory on the Iowa prairie Lured by a combination of incentives from the State of Iowa, City of Davenport, and a unique training partnership with Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, the plant is projected to have a total economic impact of $143.6 million and add new payroll of $30.8 million. Full article
    Categories: News
    Thursday, June 01, 2017
    Chamber points to $873.4 million in investments The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce has helped create about 6,000 jobs and draw $873.4 million in area capital investments since its creation six years ago, according to chamber officials. Full article
    Categories: News
    Thursday, June 01, 2017
    New Chamber Leaders Use the links below to learn a little more about the newest chamber leaders from around Iowa. Jenna Mulford, Humboldt/Dakota City Chamber of Commerce: Learn more here Jen Rhomberg, Cascade Area Chamber of Commerce: More information here Bailey Smith, Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce: Click for more
    Categories: News
    Thursday, June 01, 2017
    Member Resource Library ICCE provides our members with this benefit as a way for Iowa chambers to explore new ideas and implement the best practices all in one location. The Member Resource Library is designed to be the go-to place where ICCE members can find information about topics that are affecting chambers on a daily basis. Designed specifically for our members, this free tool is here to ...read more
    Categories: Events & Training, Programs & Services
    Thursday, May 11, 2017
    ICCE would like to provide a warm welcome to Linda Christianson and Darrell Sarmento, new executive directors for the Webster City Chamber and Des Moines Westside Chamber, respectively.
    Categories: News
    Thursday, May 11, 2017
    ICCE is headed to Tuscany in October, where attendees will have the unique opportunity to meet with Italian business leaders. Our travel program has been designed to generate revenue for our members, big or small, and we hope you will consider joining us. For more information on the program, as well as to find out how your chamber can travel for free, click here .
    Categories: Programs & Services
    Thursday, May 11, 2017
    Thank you to everyone who attended our 2017 One-Day Conference and Annual Meeting, hosted by the Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce. Ninety chamber representatives attended to learn how to better tell their chamber’s story and engage stakeholders. Keynote presentations were made by Kyle Sexton, marketing strategist, and Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority, whose ...read more
    Categories: Events & Training
    Thursday, May 11, 2017
    The 2017 ICCE Fall Conference will be taking place in Riverside, Iowa on September 20-22. Hosted by the Washington Chamber of Commerce, this year’s Fall Conference will be at the Riverside Casino. Additional Conference details and registration information will be sent out this summer.
    Categories: Events & Training
    Thursday, May 11, 2017
    Congratulations to all of our scholarship winners , selected to further their chamber education and training by attending various conferences. ICCE couldn’t fund these scholarships without the voluntary contributions made by our dues paying members, so thank you for your support. The Paulette Franklin Memorial ICCE Scholarship Winners Lisa Knigge, Eagle Grove and Lynn Scarlett, Nevada The ...read more
    Categories: News
    Thursday, May 11, 2017
    With over 140 chamber professionals from across the Midwest in attendance, including nearly 30 from Iowa, the MACE Annual Conference 2017 was the largest turn out in recent memory. Held last week in Sioux Falls, this year's theme was "Maximizing Membership ROI" and the three-day agenda was jam packed with information as well as great representation of Iowa chamber leadership. ...read more
    Categories: Events & Training
    Wednesday, May 10, 2017
    It’s that time of year when membership renewal invoices have gone out and we ask our members for their continued investment. Let’s be honest: Your first question is likely to be “What has ICCE done for me lately?” Then you may wonder “What will they do for me in the future?” ICCE is your connection to the Iowa chamber of commerce industry and we support you and ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 10, 2017
    Congratulations to all of our scholarship winners , selected by the Board of Directors to further their chamber education and training by attending various conferences. ICCE couldn’t fund these scholarships without the voluntary contributions made by our dues paying members, so thank you for your support.
    Categories: News
    Thursday, April 06, 2017
    ARE YOUR PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS UP TO DATE? Have you gained any professional credentials recently? Chamber Executives with IOM status are displayed in the annual meeting program. Make sure your credentials are up to date with and send us your photo as well. Not sure if you're current, contact Shar Pardubsky at iowachamberexecs@gmail.com
    Categories: News
    Thursday, April 06, 2017
    Have you been to a regional meeting lately? The regional meetings provide direct input to both ICCE and other chamber staff regarding current issues, efforts, programs and growth within Iowa. ICCE is scheduling these meetings. Full details are posted to the event calendar. Click Here Keep watching for your opportunity to participate in these important meetings.
    Categories: Chamber, Events & Training, Iowa News
    Thursday, April 06, 2017
    Welcome New Staff Carole Chambers, President/CEO - West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce
    Categories: Chamber, Iowa News
    Thursday, April 06, 2017
    Welcome New Staff Jan Hoag, Executive Director - Monticello Area Chamber of Commerce
    Categories: Iowa News, Chamber
    Wednesday, April 05, 2017
    What's Your Story? Hello from Washington, Iowa! I’m excited to introduce myself as a new board member with ICCE and look forward to serving and connecting on a more meaningful level. I hope to meet many of you next week at the One Day Conference featuring speaker Kyle Sexton as he helps us ‘Tell Your Chamber Story’. Kyle is going to help us break through the clutter and ...read more
    Categories: News