Workforce Solutions.

The Ames Regional Economic Alliance contributes to the economic security of the area’s workers, businesses, and community through a wide range of workforce solutions.

Work in Ames MSA Local Job Board is a local job board for Ames, Boone and Story County. Our community is fortunate to offer a wide range of career opportunities. With this site employers are able to post jobs for free! Those looking for a job in Ames are able to search a list of openings for full time, part time and internship positions. We hope you’ll find the job board a helpful way to become a part of our vibrant workforce!

Retraining Program

The Story County Retraining Program is free to all residents in Story County who are 18 years or older and have obtained a diploma or GED. It is a partnership between Story County, the Ames Regional Economic Alliance, and the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), who hosts the classes at their Ames and Boone campuses.

This free Retraining Program provides an opportunity to master new skills and technology that can lead to a new career opportunity in a very short amount of time. The program is currently available in ten different career tracks, but the most popular are the welding and certified nursing assistant (CNA) tracks.

To learn more about the Story County Retraining Program, contact Nikki Fischer at

Home Base Iowa

Ames, Boone and Story County are proud of Iowa’s commitment to veterans and their families. Our area complements Iowa’s mission to welcome, employ, and honor those who serve our country.

We’ve joined the growing list of Home Base Iowa Communities who have committed to rolling out the red carpet and welcoming military members and their families leaving the service to becoming Iowans. The Home Base Iowa Communities initiative designates communities as centers of opportunity for military veterans and further highlights Iowa’s statewide commitment to welcoming veterans to the state.

See Yourself in Ames Intern Program

The Ames Regional Economic Alliance Workforce Solutions program hosts a series of three or four events over the summer months for interns in the Ames, Boone & Story County area. These “See Yourself in Ames” events are an opportunity for local interns to better acquaint themselves with our community and area business leaders. Once interns see what the Ames/Story County area has to offer, we hope they will consider staying in our area once they begin their careers.

K-12 Programming

We are proud to partner with local school districts to provide opportunities for student to interact with local businesses. This engagement creates pathways for students to transition successfully from secondary education to post-secondary opportunities and eventually into our workforce.

A youth summer job fair that occurs each April at the North Grand Mall in Ames. Youth between the ages of 14-24 years old can meet with businesses for summer job and internship opportunities. The #GetAJob team provides resume feedback at the Ames Public Library the week prior to the event. This is a shared event with area school districts, colleges, and universities.

Innovate U is an education opportunity for students in business classes to get real life experience on entrepreneurship. They receive time with entrepreneurs from the area to learn, talk, and ask questions before working in groups of students from other school districts on their ideas. All students come with an idea and work as a team to develop a business plan and prepare marketing ideas for a 5-minute pitch in front of judges that are made up of Iowa State University professors, entrepreneurs, and local business people.

This two-day conference allows K-12 educators, counselors, and administrators to connect with local businesses to better understand our regional economy and workforce needs through tours and professional panels. Programming includes tours and panels with regional companies, as well as hands-on experiences and discussions with education and industry experts on how to help our students be “future ready.” Teaching for the Workforce is in collaboration with Des Moines Area Community College.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The Ames Regional Economic Alliance and its affiliate organizations provide a wide range of programming and resources to members and investors that center on topics related to diversity, equity & inclusion. 

Join us each fall for the annual Symposium on Building Inclusive Organizations, held in partnership with the City of Ames, Iowa State University, and Story County. As we work to make Ames and Story County a more inviting place to live, work and do business, it is critical that we assemble programs like this to empower our members and the greater community. Local leaders who impact hiring, decision-making, organizational culture and environment are encouraged to attend this half-day event.

Visit our Event Calendar to learn more.

Strong efforts have been made to develop a comprehensive list of minority-owned businesses in Story County, Iowa. Included are self-reported business enterprises owned by minority persons. If you see a business missing from this list, please let us know!

Women in Leadership is an event series that focuses on networking with other professional women from across the community. The series hosts multiple events a year, with various programming opportunities.