Affiliate Chamber Spotlight: 2021 PACE Alliance
Chamber Name + Website
Pella Area Community & Economic Alliance
Elected leader for 2021
Mark Putnam, president Central College and chair of the board for PACE Alliance
Professional Staff Leader of the Chamber
Karen Eischen, executive director
Number of Members
How Does a Business Join Your Chamber?
Businesses and organizations can visit the “join the PACE Alliance tab at pella.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office at (641) 628-2626.
What Inspired You to First Get Involved with Your Chamber?
Colleges and universities often serve as anchor institutions for the surrounding community. We are uniquely positioned to assist in convening community, civic and business leaders and can often provide resources such as faculty and staff expertise and volunteer support, as well as space for various events and activities. So as president of Central College, it was a natural fit for me to be actively involved in the Pella Area Community and Economic (PACE) Alliance.
What is a Signature Offering of Your Chamber?
The PACE Alliance collaborates with our members to leverage talents and resources within our community to identify needs then create innovative programs, initiatives and strategies that support employers and employees in reaching their highest potential.
What is Your Chamber’s Biggest Accomplishment in the Past 12 Months?
Our biggest accomplishment revolves around laying the groundwork for two strategies around workforce recruitment — placemaking and targeted digital marketing.
The first was setting up a 501C3 to raise funds for placemaking in our downtown convert existing underutilized spaces into gathering/performance spaces, add artwork/murals and create additional experiences in Pella during the Christmas holiday season.
The second was creating three videos geared toward young professionals (career opportunities, lifestyle and amenities in Pella) that our members can all use in their recruitment efforts and PACE can use in upcoming digital marketing programs.
What Initiative/Project Are You Looking Forward to in the Upcoming Year?
We look forward to implementing the placemaking plans developed over the last year, which will add gathering spaces, artwork and murals around downtown, as well as continuing to add experiential amenities to the community. We are also excited about a county collaboration between the PACE Alliance, Knoxville Chamber and Marion County Economic Development to develop a program for business owners to create their succession plans for a well thought-out future and a business pitch event for entrepreneurs.
What Partnership Tools/Resources Have Been Most Beneficial to Your Chamber Members?
The Partnership’s educational events offer our members of any size opportunities to learn strategies, tools or techniques to challenges that face all companies. In addition, the events also provide an opportunity to network with other business owners who share common challenges and can help each other work through issues.
What Are Your Upcoming Events?
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