Ames, Boone County economic development groups enter contract
Two major economic development organizations in Ames and Boone County are partnering for the benefit of both business communities.
The goals of the collaboration include “strengthening the BCEGC organization while building stronger partnerships across Boone County and the Ames Metropolitan Statistical Area,” according to a news release.
On behalf of the BCEGC, the Ames organization will provide economic and community development services to the city of Boone and also to Madrid, Ogden and the unincorporated areas of Boone County.
“We are pleased to build upon the City of Boone’s existing relationship with this team of development professionals,” Nate Nerem, president of the BCEGC, said in the release. “Working with our executive director, Mike Hammond, we have already been able to enhance our level of service to our existing Boone County stakeholders while broadening our marketing efforts.”
According to the contract, the AEDC will provide organizational support and communication on behalf of the BDEGC. It will also handle prospective proposals and visits, conduct external marketing for sites and buildings, and conduct research to support Boone’s organization.
The two entities have been partnering for the past three months. In January, for example, the AEDC announced it was compiling data to create a laborshed study to define which communities contribute to the local workforce in Boone and Story counties.
The laborshed study strives to determine where workers live. The project is in partnership with the Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa Workforce Development.
"We are excited to be working on behalf of the Boone County Economic Growth Corporation," Dan Culhane, president and CEO of the Ames Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Commission, said in the release. "This rounds out the regional metropolitan statistical area, which reflects the commuting patterns that move along Highway 30. This, coupled with a strong business community in Boone County, with potential to grow, the timing of our partnership could not be better.”