A startling number of ISU’s graduates, however, won’t be joining the American workforce. It’s not because they can’t find jobs. It’s because they were born in another country. Under our current immigration system, it’s incredibly hard for American businesses to hire and retain skilled foreign graduates.
Learn more about the keynote speaker presenting at the July 16 Leadership Luncheon on maximizing your authentic potential.
There is always plenty to do in Ames, and this summer is no exception! Ames has many fun and unique events to be excited about, and there is something everyone in the family can look forward to. These events help show our awesome sense of community and why Ames is so special. Let me tell you about some of them.
Each May the Ames Economic Development Commission (AEDC) celebrates Economic Development Week, celebrating the power of partnerships and highlighting the importance of a coordinated economic development effort in communities.
Did you know that Story County has the lowest unemployment rate in the state? This isn’t a new occurrence, this has been happening for quite some time with no end in sight. Our strong economy and steady growth in business has created an environment where the number of jobs created outpaces the population growth.
It’s an exciting time to be in Ames and Story County! I am so fired up about the great things happening in our community. Already 2019 is off to a fantastic start and the energy in our community is electric. So, it’s only fitting that the theme of this year’s Ames Chamber of Commerce Leadership Series is Charge.
The Ames Chamber of Commerce recently held the annual State of the City event, co-sponsored with the League of Women Voters. We heard from leaders of the Ames Community School District, City of Ames, Story County, Mary Greeley Medical Center, Iowa State University and Des Moines Area Community College.
The year 2018 will go down as an incredible year of growth in Ames and Story County. Last week, we had a joint meeting of the Ames Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Commission boards to cap the year and celebrate our successes. During that meeting, I mentioned a number of highlights from the year that alone are impressive, but combined are outstanding.
We are heading into that spectacular time of year again. A time for celebration and reflection of all that makes Ames and Story County so very vibrant.
We are extremely fortunate to live in a vibrant and financially thriving community. Because of outstanding local leadership at the state, county, and municipal levels, Ames and Story County continue to flourish. We continue to see investment throughout the community that equates to a high quality of life here in Story County. This vitality doesn’t happen by chance – it is a direct result of strong and visionary leadership.