Happy New Year!

I don't know about you, but for me and many folks that I encounter, 2016 just flew by. For many, it was a good year, and if that is true for you, I am sure there is more to be accomplished. That always seems to be the case.

With one major 2016 event behind us, the elections, we can now start to plan and ideally be proactive in our approach to how we want our governmental policies to look. The one place where we probably have more influence, and feel the biggest impact from, is in Des Moines.

The 2017 Iowa Legislature starts on January 9th. If you were at our Fall conference in Orange City (a fantastic gathering by the way), you heard about the Iowa Chamber Alliance and how that group and ICCE can collaborate and lobby on mutually beneficial issues that have meaning in our communities. In case you missed a recent release, here are some of their 2017 legislative priorities for Iowa:
  • Reform, reduce and simplify Iowa's income taxes for businesses and individuals, as a means to better market Iowa as a destination for job creating investments
  • Provide a uniform landscape for Iowa's minimum wage and employee benefits, promoting a universal state-wide minimum wage versus a jig saw puzzle approach of local municipalities implementing wage changes
  • Maintain Iowa's commitment to economic development incentives and programs.
In workforce development and education; develop strategies to attract and retain talent in the state; develop appropriate programs and training opportunities for workers; providing Iowa's future workforce with a quality education, meeting local community business needs
  • Have reasonable and predictable regulations
  • Policies that promote significant issues related to our roads, bridges, and other infrastructures, to include the role of broadband in state-wide economic development
You can go to the Iowa Chamber Alliance website for a full listing of their legislative agenda initiatives. Click Here

Here's the bottom line. I bet that you can find something or many things for your chamber to promote on their legislative agenda that can and will benefit your own local community. If so, you and your board should talking to your own elected state officials on issues that you feel strongly about.

One result we hope will come out from our legislative collaboration is a regular update which we can forward to you on ICA's agenda as the Legislature continues its deliberations.

Have a great new year. Make one of your resolutions to be as active as you can with the opportunities that ICCE presents to you for your own professional development. If you do, 2017 will be a terrific new year! Oh, don't forget our scholarship opportunities too!
Tim Coffey, M.A., IOM
ICCE Chair

Hosted By Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce  
Waukee Community Center - 675 Walnut Street, Waukee, IA   

Telling Your Chambers Story in 2017
Kyle Sexton - Speaker Kyle Sexton - Speaker
- 10 Tiered Membership Mistakes
(You Don't Have to Make)
- Turning Social Media Into Business Media
- Telling Your Chambers Story in 2017

ICCE will hold its annual meeting over lunch. At that time presentations of scholarships will be made and your new ICCE Board of Directors will be introduced.

If you would like to stay overnight, ICCE has negotiated a special price with the Mariott West Des Moines. $129/night, call 515-275-1500 and mention the conference, or click here to book your room. We will also be planning a dinner for the night of April, 11. Anyone who is planning to be there is invited.

Registration: $75.00

Register Today! 
Hosting ICCE Conferences
Would you be interested in hosting either the One Day Conference in 2018 or Fall Conference in 2017? This is a great opportunity to showcase your chamber, community and bring chamber executives from across the state to your location.

If you wish to host an ICCE Conference please go to our website and fill out the registration form.

As an ICCE member, it's time to think about planning for 2017 and the conferences you plan to attend for continuing your professional development. We offer scholarships to not only our own conferences but regional and national professional development opportunities as well. Applications are due February 15, 2017 and will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee.

Scholarships offered
U.S. Chamber Institute Program 
MACE Annual Conference 
U.S. Chamber Government Affairs Conference 
ICCE Fall Conference.
Share this opportunity with others, and submit your application to save some of your education budget today.

Apply Here 
TUSCANY 2017 - October 18-26

ICCE Tuscany Trip
Would your chamber be interested in traveling with us? 
The travel program has been designed by ICCE to be a revenue generating machine for our members big or small. Members enjoy traveling with a group, earning non-dues revenue and having all activities pre-planned for them. Chamber Discoveries makes it easy!

Contact Shar to see how your chamber  
could be traveling for FREE!
ICCE Content Marketing Webinar  
ICCE Quarterly Webinar Series
Nurturing Your Online Tribe
Thursday, January 12th - 10:00 AM

As you know, your chamber must be using social media and content marketing to consistently reach your members and prospects to maintain top of mind awareness. This is critical top-of-funnel social media work that most chambers are getting very wrong. Matter of fact, most chambers are hurting themselves with every post! 
Learn expert digital tactics from industry expert Frank J. Kenny in a concise online webinar designed specifically for chambers of commerce.  

Click here for more information on the series
and to register now!
New Members - New Executives  

Kristina Wiltgen - New Executive Director
  Regional Meetings

Have you been to a regional meeting lately?

The regional meetings give you the opportunity to provide direct input to both ICCE and other chamber staff regarding current issues, efforts, programs and growth within Iowa.  

ICCE is currently scheduling these meetings, and will provide full details when they are complete.

Keep watching for your opportunity to participate in these important meetings. 

Mid-America Chamber Executives (MACE) is issuing a Call for Speakers to address the 2017 MACE Annual Conference, held in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. We are searching for chamber executives that are willing to share their expertise and provide real world examples in various chamber disciplines.

The MACE board solicits original contributions for this conference, broadly based on the "Maximizing Membership ROI" theme. 
12th Annual Prometheus Awards  
The Prometheus Awards are the premier event for Iowa technology bringing leaders together from technology business, education and government to celebrate technology achievements and recognize the year's momentous innovations.

These awards are a great way for Chambers to promote and highlight the exciting work going on in your areas. It is also a great way to gain great recognition for the companies' leaders, and communities that are doing great things across Iowa.

There is also a Technology Community of the Year Award!

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