FAQ.

Who We Are.

The Ames Regional Economic Alliance, known as the Alliance, works to promote the economic growth and community development across Boone, Hamilton, and Story counties. We are an alliance of people and businesses, partnering for economic growth to make this area one of excellence, innovation, and a leading area for success in the state and the region.

Yes, and we still are. While we have been called the Ames Chamber of Commerce since 1939, the reality is that our organization has outgrown that brand. Over the past 15 years, we have expanded our services, programming, and number of team members within our organization. As a result, our organization now plays a much broader role in our community than what a typical Chamber of Commerce does. In 2024, we rebranded to the Ames Regional Economic Alliance to reflect that work.

The Alliance serves communities across the Ames region in Central Iowa. This includes communities in Boone, Hamilton, and Story counties. Even though Ames is the center of our organization, with Iowa State University being a central catalyst for activity, our team is constantly engaged in neighboring communities. We thoroughly enjoy serving the entire area from Boone to the west, Nevada to the east, Story City and Webster City up north, Huxley to the south, and many smaller communities across three-county region.

The Ames Regional Economic Alliance operates a number of affiliate organizations, each with a specific purpose, that make an impact across our communities. They include the Ames Chamber of Commerce, Ames Economic Development Commission, Boone County Economic Growth Corporation, Nevada Economic Development Council, Ames Main Street, FUEL Young Professionals, Ames Main Street Farmers’ Market, The Ames Foundation, and Ames Seed Capital.

Our Purpose/Cause/Passion: Driving business and community vitality in the Ames region.

Our Niche: Being connectors for our customers to positively impact regional vitality.

Core Values: Customer Driven, Integrity, Team Player, Good For It, Innovative, Greater Good

The three key pillars that will drive our will be: Leadership, Engagement, and Advocacy

Join The Alliance.

As a member of the Alliance, you’re part of a network of business owners, community leaders, and job creators that positively impact our area. When you join the Alliance, you’ll enjoy more opportunities to advance your business and our community. Some of the top reasons to join include making connections, increased visibility across the community, leadership opportunities, and more. Read more on our membership page.

Yes! The vast majority of our membership is small to mid-sized businesses and organizations. The Alliance strives to provide diverse programming and services to meet the business needs for organizations of all sizes.

No. Although the majority of our members are in Boone County and Story County, businesses across Central Iowa have found membership benefits from being part of our organization.

Member Benefits & Services.

I am an entrepreneur: Yes! We want to connect you with our One Million Cups program, talk with you about your plans for the future and invite you to our networking events. You will have our direct line of contact and always know you have a life line.

I am a small business owner: Yes! The majority of our members are small business owners who value being part of a network of support. From event attendance to sponsorships, the Alliance helps you promote your company and share your brand message with 750+ member companies and potential new customers.
ise your visibility across our community from your event attendance to sponsorships.

I am looking for land to build a facility: Yes! Our Business Development team has a proven record of success supporting economic development projects in the region.

I am looking to understand legislation that impacts business in Iowa: Yes! The Alliance provides opportunities to keep members informed on federal, state, and local policy issues that can impact business in the region.

I value community growth: Fantastic! From workforce solutions to housing initiatives, downtown master planning to community events like the farmers’ market, we are involved in many components to building community.

The Ames Regional Economic Alliance holds more than 100 events and programming opportunities per year. Offerings include networking events, professional development workshops, speaker programs, policy forums, and annual membership events. Visit our events calendar online.

It is important to remember that all of your employees are considered Alliance members and can fully participate in our full range of activities. Whether it’s attending any of our speaker events, volunteering for community activities through Ames Main Street, or the young professionals in your organization engaging in FUEL, we have a number of opportunities to get involved.

The Ames Regional Economic Alliance Public Policy Program focuses on educating and engaging members on key legislative issues and initiatives impacting the Ames region. This includes local, state, and federal issues. Learn more about our advocacy efforts.

The main Alliance contact for your company can change your directory listing by logging into the Members Dashboard. If you don’t know your login or main company contact, simply contact us through our website or call us at (515) 232-3210 for assistance.