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Urbandale, Windsor Heights Chamber joining forces through a merger

May 19, 2023

URBANDALE- IA – The Windsor Heights Chamber of Commerce and the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce have announced plans to merge operations beginning June 1. The merger is designed to help the organizations combine their resources to best serve members while still maintaining unique identities.

“I am excited about the opportunities this alliance will afford our collective members,” says Tiffany Menke, President, Urbandale Chamber of Commerce.  “The merger unites more than 800 businesses that will operate together in an effort to provide more for their membership base by joining forces.” 

Pooling the neighboring business organizations mobilizes the power of its total membership reach to create an optimized business climate. The collective merging was formed following the unanimous approval by the Board of Directors from the two respective chambers.

Current staff members are looking forward to adopting a modern working model that will allow for both communities to maintain their own community-branded chamber presence while focusing efforts on business vitalization for both communities and exciting member benefits.

“Merging of these business organizations will enhance our ability to be a more powerful, effective proponent and advocate for small, medium and large-sized businesses,” Windsor Heights Chamber President Justin Williams said. “We are excited and look forward to working together to unite business leaders for enhanced promotion of area commerce, while still honoring both the Urbandale and Windsor Heights communities. We are so proud of the vibrancy of our current members and honored to be coalescing as a viable business community.”

The mission and vision of the merger is to ensure unity of the two organizations through the consolidation of resources, resulting in more value for members.  

“This decision brings new opportunities, workforce development strategies and a stronger combined effort in the area of advocacy,” said Jason Parkin, 2023 Chair, Urbandale Chamber of Commerce. “Acting now to merge the two Chambers of Commerce is integral to supporting business with useful and effective tools to build prosperity.”

The Urbandale Chamber of Commerce will be the lead organization powering the Windsor Heights Chamber Committee with staff and resources. This modern model allows for Windsor Heights to maintain its community identity. The new merged organization will operate from the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce offices at 2830 100th Street, Suite 110 in Urbandale.

The Urbandale Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based business organization formed in 1962 with the mission to serve, protect and promote its members and the business community.

The Windsor Heights Chamber of Commerce was formed in 2004 to support its members, local businesses and organizations through advocacy, publicity, education and economic development.