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Chamber to host state meeting

Aug 21, 2017


Next month the Washington Chamber of commerce will get the chance to show off the features Washington has to offer to some of its Iowa peers when the county becomes the gathering point for the Iowa Chamber of Commerce Executives Fall Conference.

The event, which will bring together many Chamber of Commerce directors from throughout the state, will be held at the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort on Sept. 20 through 22. Washington Chamber of Commerce director Michelle Redlinger said the conference had to be held at the casino because of spacial requirements and that the Washington Chamber of Commerce would host the event.

“I was recently asked to join the state board of chamber execs representing southeastern Iowa,” Redlinger said. “I began that this spring. They needed a spot to hold the conference and we had not ever hosted them in Washington. With the casino being a partner with our community, that allowed us to have the meeting space that we had not had before. We worked with the casino to figure out a way to bring them here.”

Redlinger said between 80 and 100 chamber executives are expected to attend the conference.

She said the conference is held to teach industry-related skills, learn what is happening in other parts of the state, and learn how the executives can better assist their areas.

The first day of the event, Redlinger said, the delegates will be taken to Washington and given a tour of many of the highlights of the city as a kickoff for the conference.

The tour will include the State Theatre and to Gallagher’s farm, a working century farm, for a “farm to table dinner.”

Formed in 1916 to enhance the professional development of local chamber executives and professional staff, ICCE continues as the first stop for reaching the business community of Iowa.

Innovation with economic development, entrepreneurs and job creation is critical to the growth of local communities.

ICCE’s leadership and staff work daily to prepare the local chambers and business leaders to meet the changing demands on our local communities. Improving local communities strengthens Iowa.

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