Grow Cedar Valley Staff Attended and Presented at IACC Spring Conference

posted on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 in Grow Cedar Valley

Last week, four members of our staff participated in the Iowa Association of Chamber of Commerce's (IACC) Spring Conference.

The Spring Conference was an exciting and information-filled two-day event focused on legislative updates, chamber best-practices, and small business continuity.

This conference featured a variety of sessions including "Lessons Learned from COVID-19: How Iowa’s Hospitality Landscape is Forever Changed" and an Economic Update from IEDA Director Debi Durham!

Our own Director of Marketing, Aaron Jarnagin, gave a presentation on Strategic Communications to Provide Value.

Aaron Jarnagin Presentation


Below, Grow Cedar Valley staff shared their experiences and some of the takeaways that were garnered from peer organizations across the state of Iowa.

Bette Wubbena
Bette Wubbena, Director of Events

Bette Wubbena, Director of Events, shared, "By attending the IACC Spring Conference, I was able to connect with my peers throughout the state……even though the format was virtual.

The conference included a presentation on the timeline of moving events from virtual to in-person which was very beneficial to me since I am Director of Events.

Round table discussions are so informative since the participants all share their experiences, especially during the COVID pandemic. I am looking forward to assisting with planning the Fall IACC Conference.

Cary Darrah
Cary Darrah, President & CEO

Cary Darrah, President & CEO shared, "The IACC Spring Seminar was packed with great information and resources. I especially appreciated the insight shared during the legislative update panel along with how the Hospitality landscape has forever changed due to the pandemic.

As with other observations through the recovery – there are hurdles as well as opportunities and the IACC resources provided were geared towards delivering opportunities for our businesses and organizations to thrive."

Jim Schaefer
Jim Schaefer, Director of Investor Relations

Jim Schaefer, Director of Investor Relations, shared, "It’s always nice to meet with your peers in the Chamber/Economic Development world and learn how we’ve worked together through the pandemic.

Moreover, it’s a great opportunity to share all the great things happening here in the Cedar Valley and the resiliency of our business community."

To learn more about the organizations and other communities in Iowa that we support and partner with, feel free to reach out to our staff.