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We hope you had a great summer. With the start of September, and only a few more months in 2017, it’s time to get back to business.

The “For Your Continued Success” Fall Conference is less than two weeks away and we are expecting a large turnout of chamber leaders from across Iowa. This is your opportunity to network, build value for your organization and focus on the training you need for growth.

Don’t miss this great opportunity.
Executive Orientation

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 ICCE provides and give you resources that help you learn the basics of the industry. This essential training will give you an overview of key first steps to leading your membership.

If this training would benefit you, join us Wednesday, September 20th.
Strategic Planning

The ICCE board will be conducting our strategic planning retreat in November. This important session includes looking at the big picture for chambers across Iowa, program planning for 2018, and goals for the future.

To better serve the needs of chambers across the state, we are conducting a survey of our current programs and the future needs of our members.

Please keep an eye out and participate in this short but valuable survey set to be distributed on September 21.
Regional Meetings

With collaboration between the chambers, we are able to promote economic growth, business development and education opportunities.The regional meetings are your opportunity to collaborate with other chamber leaders from your region about current issues impacting businesses in your area.

Schedule your regional meeting today.
FY18 Iowa Tourism Grant Program Applications

The purpose of the Iowa Tourism Grant Program is to promote tourism in Iowa by funding tourism-related marketing initiatives, meetings and events that benefit both local economies around the state and the state's economy.

Why mixed-use buildings are becoming popular

It’s changed the face of central Cedar Rapids, driving post-flood development in the New Bohemia and Kingston neighborhoods with new and reclaimed properties. In Iowa City, its backers see it as a way to downtown vitality.

“It is about providing the services and entertainment that will attract permanent residents downtown,” Marc Moen wrote in an email. “The residential units actually go a long way to allow us to develop uses that are not able to pay high rents.”

Race is on to attract, retain in-demand IT workers

With competition for talent at a fever pitch, companies like Grinnell Mutual, Hy-Vee Inc. and others are adding perks to attract and retain highly sought after tech workers. The pool of qualified applicants is smaller than the growing number of tech jobs in Iowa and across the nation.

Five of the 25 fastest growing occupations in the region are computer-related: operations research analysts, web developers, software developers-applications, computer systems analysts and software developers-systems software.

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Member News

Insights Into Iowa is our monthly member newsletter, and we want to promote your organization's news and success stories to everyone. This helps share best practices, spread proven solutions to common issues and build excitement for the Iowa chamber community.

Help us by sharing your insights. Many local stories are published online, and if so, you can share that article with us. Forward the article to Shar Pardubsky, ICCE Executive Director, for publishing consideration.
ICCE Fall Conference 2017

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 conference that gives chamber professionals from across Iowa the chance to learn, build value in their organization, create a business-friendly environment and show lasting value for members.

Join us on September 20-22 in Riverside, IA.
MACE Advocacy Alliance 2017 Policy Conference

Building on the success of the Maximizing Membership ROI conference held in May, the MACE Advocacy Alliance is presenting the next step in chamber evolution.

Effective chamber leaders have the opportunity to drive decisions at all levels (local, regional, state and federal). The ability to focus on the issues your members care about and develop thoughtful policy positions will take your chamber to the next level.
U.S. Chamber Regional Government Affairs Conference

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
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