The Ames Economic Development Commission maintains contracts with the following organizations to better collaborate for greater economic growth in all of Story County.
City of Ames
The Ames Economic Development Commission created an additional position to fulfill this contact. The Director of Business Development & Marketing for the AEDC also serves as the Business Development Coordinator for the City of Ames to help bridge the gap between development and city processes. Acting as a liason between the two organizations allows for a seamless transition from interest in the Ames market to opening day with hands on assistance in navigating city regulatory expectations. Information about that position can be found here.
The Director of Story County Community Outreach works with the 11 smallest communities in Story County who otherwise wouldn't have a specialist in economic development working for them. This contract allows them to take advantage of resources that a larger organization has, while still receiving specialized service. Projects include assistance with housing projects, filling of vacant commercial spaces, and increasing industrial users to grow the tax base in these communities.
The AEDC represents Huxley on all economic development deals per our contract. We also engage in active marketing of existing sites and buildings the exist in Huxley.
The AEDC maintains a marketing relationship with Story City, whereby we serve as an extension of their marketing arm for sites and buildings.
With a goal of further developing and marketing its world-renowned bioeconomy, the Cultivation Corridor is building on a rich history of innovation to enhance agricultural sustainability and accelerate business development by attracting new companies, talent and capital to central Iowa. Through new scientific discovery and research, experts in the Cultivation Corridor are forging new pathways to energy independence, sustainable food and feed, and innovative products made from renewable resources.
Iowa State University Research Park is a leading research-focused real estate development based in Ames, Iowa. Working in conjunction with Iowa State University, the ISU Research Park serves scientific, technology and entrepreneurial interests, all from one place.
Iowa State University Economic Development and Industry Relations provides an avenue for students, faculty and staff to create businesses. We call it the StartUp Factory: a 52-week intensive program housed at the Iowa State University Research Park (ISURP) The StartUp Factory movement is led by serial entrepreneur and Iowa native-turned-Silicon-Valley-success-story Bill Adamowski. Adamowski joined the EDIR team to focus on growing the network of innovation throughout campus. He crafted the framework for the StartUp Factory using best practices from the likes of MIT, Stanford and other successful accelerators. Entrepreneurs in the StartUp Factory will receive formal training, resources, and access to a network of business mentors, advisors, counselors and investors in two 26-week blocks: the first a formal curriculum centered on business validation, and the second, customized to their individual business needs. The goal is to position Iowa State among the top five universities nationally in startups within five years.