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Affiliate Chamber Spotlight: Altoona Area Chamber of Commerce

Altoona Chamber Spotlight in DSM USA

August 16, 2017

Find out more about the Altoona Area Chamber of Commerce.

Altoona Chamber Q&A

Why should someone join your Chamber?  

The Altoona Area Chamber of Commerce strives to connect our business members with our community/their consumers by offering a variety of social and professional networking opportunities throughout the year. We also provide professional development/training covering a wide range of topics relative to today’s corporate challenges or work environments as a benefit of their membership. We, as an organization, are extremely involved in all aspects 

What is your Chamber’s biggest accomplishment in the past 12 months?  

Each of our events have been hugely successful, even while in the process of hiring a new Event Coordinator. We’ve been working closely with the Outlets of Des Moines in preparation of their opening date and have helped facilitate our Retailer’s Council — a group of small retailers that meet once per month to develop special events highlighting our local entrepreneurs and driving additional traffic to their business.

Any initiative or project that you are looking forward to in 2017?

It is our number one goal to help our businesses find employees. Workforce development continues to be everyone’s biggest challenge so we’re hosting Career Fairs, working with Iowa Workforce Development and initiating conversations with the Southeast Polk CSD to generate some solutions to move through and survive this environment.

What upcoming events should people watch for?  

Taste of Altoona — Tuesday, September 5th from 5-8pm at Prairie Meadows Events & Conference Center (over 1400 guests attend annually) and our 5th Annual Nippy Hippie Charity 5K Run/Walk for The Homestead on Saturday, November 4.

The Altoona Area Chamber of Commerce strives to connect business members with the Altoona community.

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the fourth largest regional Chamber of Commerce in the nation. Learn more about Partnership Affiliate Chambers, browse the Membership Directory and read additional Affiliate Chamber spotlights.

Matt Habernman

Matt Haberman is the area manager for Jimmy John's (including Altoona, Marshalltown and Fort Dodge locations). He studied business at Simpson College and currently lives in Des Moines. Matt has been instrumental in leading the Altoona Area Young Professionals and helping to facilitate topics for luncheons and activities for social networking since he joined the Altoona Area Chamber Board of Directors in 2014. He has served on both the Audit Committee and the Community Development Committee.