The Ames Economic Development Commission, in partnership with the International Economic Development Council, is celebrating economic development week in Story County May 7-12. The week-long celebration emphasizes the importance of economic development and showcases the efforts and initiatives improving business retention, job growth and quality of life for Ames-area residents.


“We are proud of the work we’ve done here in the Ames community and equally proud to work throughout Story County, including in the Huxley, Story City and Nevada communities,” said Dan Culhane, president and CEO of the AEDC. “This week especially we want to show off all the activity in Story County. There will be a lot of dirt moving this summer and that’s something we’re excited about.”


To celebrate, the AEDC has launched a new social media campaign featuring #StoryGrows to highlight the economic development activities happening in Story County. Follow the AEDC on Facebook and Twitter (@AmesEDC) to learn more.


The AEDC has made the commitment to celebrate Economic Development Week in order to emphasize the importance of economic development for Ames, Story County and the state of Iowa. The week is designed to increase an understanding of economic development’s contribution to the State’s business climate, job retention and growth, the tax base and the overall quality of life in our community.