Bridge Building

Rene M. Gellerman, IOM

Sr. Vice President, Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce


In the recent ACCE spring "Chamber Executive" newsletter, the Chambers 2025 Report provides us with insights on the eight influences shaping the next decade for Chambers of Commerce. A key theme that emerged is that Chamber staff, members, investors and volunteers must align efforts and messages to become bridge builders, change agents and rain makers for our members and communities.


This has never been more true and relevant within the Quad Cities community, and the outcome is transformative. The Quad Cities region is undergoing a cultural shift, one that recognizes that what's good for one community is a win for the entire region. Within this cultural shift is the Quad Cities Regional Vision, a movement that reflects and leverages our strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities.


For the first time in the history of the Quad Cities, hundreds of leaders from both sides of the Mississippi River, representing Iowa and Illinois businesses, governments, non-profits, education institutions and trades have bridged past road blocks and forged an alliance through a shared vision for our region's future. Together, we understand and appreciate the power of alignment, collaboration, partnerships and civic leadership. United, we are fueling a movement that has this region taking control of our future by identifying our challenges and leveraging opportunities that best position the Quad Cities for prosperity.


The Quad Cities Regional Vision isn't the only bridge we're building, but it's symbolic that it's happening in tandem with the single largest investment ever made in our community; over $1 billion has been committed to the replacement of the I-74 bridge that spans the Mississippi River and connects our bi-state region. Couple that with the immeasurable asset of aligned and like-motivated regional leaders, delegates, partners and stakeholders who are traversing into future ensuring a cool, creative and prosperous Quad Cities and we've got transformation underway.


In today's world of dramatic and accelerating pace of change, the Chamber must find our sweet spot. While our region has made immeasurable progress, the work ahead will continue to require leadership with focus, commitment, collaboration, and alignment.


"We're competing with an infinite supply of information, networking opportunities and service providers to choose from outside our chamber. At the same time, when it comes to entities dedicated 100 percent to helping their companies and communities succeed, the choices are extremely limited." The Chambers 2025 Report noted and goes on to recognize, "When it comes to business and community advocacy, place making and business problem solving, we [Chamber] are in a unique position to be of value."


Our worth is found when we are bridging challenges with resolutions, convening stakeholders to identify shared goals, modeling collaboration, connecting specific needs with resources, forging partnerships that result in efficiencies and enhanced impact, leveraging collective expertise and talent, identifying risks, and building [sometimes begrudging] consensus on those things that influence our community's economic well-being and image.


Who, other than the Chamber of Commerce, could successfully convene such diverse opinion leaders and influencers to inspire and own catalytic change? If you haven't had the opportunity to review the Chambers 2025 Report, make it a priority this month. The future is now. What bridges will you build to position your members and community for the future?


Go here to learn more about the Quad Cities Regional Vision.

ICCE Fall Conference Registration Open!

Mark your calendar now and plan on attending another great ICCE conference with several great speakers, panels on governmental issues, a panel on women in small business, and great networking  opportunities with lots of fun.  Clear Lake is one of the centers for entertainment in Iowa, and we'll spend some time on the lake and at the Surf Ballroom. You don't want to miss this one. The cost is $210. A hotel room costs $84 per night plus tax and can be secured only by calling 1-800-606-3552 (the Best Western toll free number).  

Orientation for New Executives/Staff: 

ICCE will hold an orientation for all new Executives and Staff on Wednesday, October 7 at 4:00 PM.

Jay Handler
Sustainable Growth Models for Membership
The world is changing, and we need to catch up! Jay will talk about ways to Recruit, Engage and Retain members and challenge some of  the "old methods" we've been using for the last 50 years as an industry.  Be ready to bash a few  sacred cows over the head!  


Andy Sokolovich: Unleash Strengths Andy will reveal how strengths-based development can be applied to common problem areas within the Chamber of Commerce. He will provide you with the tools necessary to facilitate critical conversations between your staff, board, volunteers, current members, as well as prospective members. 






ChamberMaster Regional Training - October 7, 2015, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Join in on a fun and educational training for ChamberMaster and/or MemberZone users. Topics will cover key product areas, best practices, tips and tricks, and highlights on the latest new features. Enjoy networking with other users, and learn tips and best practices from the instructor and your peers. 

Cost:  $99 per person.  Space is limited to 40 attendees.  

 During this session you will learn about: 

  • Best practices for member management
  • Member application form setup
  • Communication tools and tips
  • New events guest list features and tips
  • Meaningful reports for strategic decision making
  • Billing tips & tricks (does not cover legacy billing using CQI)
  • New features

Includes Q&A time and peer discussion.




Wednesday, October 7- Friday, October 9, 2015
Clear Lake, Iowa

Welcome Sue Manka to Dowell Management

Sue joined Dowell Management on June 19.  She brings with her over 25 years of chamber experience.  Sue will work to assist ICCE & Shar.  We all look forward to working with Sue. 
Welcome New Affiliate Member


Join us in welcoming the National Association of Women Business Owners


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Did you miss an issue of the monthly ICCE Newsletter? You can find them on the ICCE website, under the Programs and Services tab. Click here to view other issues of the Newsletter.
ICCE Dues Update

Thank you to all who have paid  your 2015/2016 ICCE dues.  We have a record in renewals in our dues. If you have not paid your dues, this will be the last correspondence you will be receiving from ICCE. If you have any questions  please call Shar at 515-240-8785.
Regional Meetings

Regional meetings are continuing to be held throughout the year. These meetings are very informative and gives you the meet with Chambers within your region to discuss issues that pertain not only to your region but also gives you an opportunity to discuss chamber issues you may want to share with one another.  Remember to add your meeting dates to the ICCE events calendar.  If you have not scheduled a regional meeting please do so.  

Click here to see the ICCE Events Calendar, which also includes all ICCE board meetings.
Congratulations to Doug Loon New President, Minnesota Chamber

Doug has been named the new President for the Minnesota Chamber.  Doug has always been a great friend and asset to ICCE and its members and will be greatly missed.  While we are sad to see Doug leave the US Chamber we want to wish him the very best and congratulate him.

Regarding the US Chamber Midwest Regions office, the primary contacts will be John Kirchner and Molly Smith. They can be reached at (952) 832-9151 or by email at and
Hosting ICCE Conferences

Would your chamber be interested in hosting either the One Day Conference or Fall Conference in 2016? Find out more about what conference hosting entails by reviewing the following two documents:


ICCE members will have the opportunity to travel to Ireland in November 2016. Watch for more information in the next couple of weeks. This will be a revenue opportunity for all ICCE members.

Thank you to our sponsor: 

Thank you to our Gold sponsor: