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November is when the ICCE board plans for the next year of programs and services our members across Iowa need to help them be successful. You helped supply the key information for that planning through our program survey last month. This survey helped show the services you value, the types of education options you prefer, and the ways you would like that information delivered.

Based on those results, ICCE will be conducting our strategic planning session on November 13th and 14th. We will be implementing new programming, training and education services to fulfill the needs uncovered in the survey.

Stay tuned during 2018 for the best year ever!

Webinar Series

One of the highest ranking areas of the ICCE programming survey was to deliver webinars and training. We are offering you a new webinar series from industry expert Cathi Hight to show you the most relevant and impactful information for your chamber.
Part 1 of 4: Strategies to Improve the Membership Life Cycle
Danube River Cruise

Maybe you have wondered why you should partner with ICCE for international travel. We made a list of the top six reasons to help make the decision easy.

  1. We partner with you from start to finish
  2. We handle all the administration
  3. No cost or risk to your chamber
  4. Excellent value to your members/community
  5. Great non-dues revenue
  6. You could travel for FREE!
FREE China Preview Trip

This is NOT an April fools joke. CITSLINC is traveling to China on April 1, 2018 and is offering any ICCE chamber CEO or executive director the opportunity for a FREE nine day preview trip (departs from Los Angeles).

In addition to the preview trip, your members and community can also participate in a nine day trip to China throughout 2018. As an ICCE member you can promote the trip to gain non-dues revenue.

If you would like further details on either trip, please contact Shar.
Iowa universities cite evidence they're economic engines

In arguing for a bigger slice of the state’s funding pie, Iowa’s public universities have painted themselves as economic engines that launch companies, create jobs, generate resources for scientific exploration and monetize research.
A new Board of Regents report backs that up, showing Iowa companies in the 2017 budget year generated $14.1 million in revenue as a “direct result” of research on the campuses.

Central Iowa Works gets $300,000 grant

The National Fund for Workforce Solutions has awarded Central Iowa Works a three-year, $300,000 grant to support efforts in Greater Des Moines to expand opportunities in the retail sector.
The programs will offer additional training to workers, building career pathways and incorporating business strategies that help employees advance into higher positions with an ultimate goal of making a positive impact on regional retail economies, according to the National Fund.

Reynolds calls workforce development 'top priority'

Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday a set of programs designed to encourage Iowans to pursue education and career training opportunities beyond high school is her "top priority" going into the next legislative session.

"This is the No. 1 priority of our administration," Reynolds said. "And you know, it’s necessary, it’s critical. As we travel the state and as we talk about the need for a skilled workforce, that's how we’re going to continue to grow the economy and provide opportunities for Iowans."
Save the Dates

As 2018 draws closer, we are already planning events for the year ahead. These important conferences are the best way for you to network with other chamber professionals from across the state. They also give you the latest information, best practices and cutting edge programming. Make sure to flag your calendar, register and attend!
One Day Conference, April 5, 2018, hosted by the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce

2018 ACCE Conference, July 16-20, 2018, hosted by Greater Des Moines Partnership

Fall Conference, October 3-5, 2018, hosted by Centerville/Rathburn Area Chamber of Commerce
MACE Annual Conference

May 2-4 - Enterprising Chambers
This unique three day conference will give chamber professionals solutions to build value in your chamber organization. You will learn how building that value will justify a business not only becoming a lifetime member, but also an advocate for the chamber.
ICCE goes to Washington!

In early October, three ICCE members travelled to Washington, D.C. to attend the Fall Board of Regents meeting for the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s Institute for Organization Management. Institute is the premier nonprofit professional development program for association, chamber, and nonprofit professionals fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities.
Lynn Olberding, Chair - Marshalltown Chamber
Mike Hofman, Vice Chair - Orange City Chamber
Travis Toliver, Secretary/Treasurer - Waverly Chamber
Tim Coffey, Past Chair - Clear Lake Area Chamber
Shar Pardubsky - Executive Director
Blain Andera, Iowa Great Lakes Chamber
Deb Bengtson, Adel Partners Chamber
Kurt Phillips, Boone County Chamber
Krisi Plunkett, Council Bluffs Chamber
Michelle Redlinger, Washington Chamber
Julie Cooper Todtz, Ankeny Area Chamber
Sadie Trytten, Des Moines East + South Chamber
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