Get Involved - Altoona Chamber of Commerce

Get Involved

Members who attend functions, provide feedback and become involved in committees or events benefit the most from the Chamber. Help us help you!

There are many ways to become involved and we have provided a partial list of committees that could use your expertise. If you would like to help or have any suggestions, please contact the chamber or any other board member.

We would love to have you join us!

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Community Promotion: Annual Awards Dinner, Wine & Craft Beer Fest, Taste of Altoona, Nippy Hippie 5K

  • This committee will promote retailing/service industry within the community. They will coordinate all sales promotions within the community and coordinate their activities with other committees and the City of Altoona. They will perform such additional activities as needed to provide the coordination, subject to Board approval.
  • This committee will organize, be informed about and involved in Chamber community projects and activities as directed by the Board, and shall advise the Board of support needed. The committee will actively solicit additional tourism activities. They shall perform such other appropriate activities (i.e. maps, brochures, etc.) subject to Board approval.

Membership & Marketing

Volunteers\Newsletters\After Hours\Ambassadors\Seminars\Leadership Development\Awards\Membership Campaign

  • This committee will actively solicit new members for the Chamber and contact existing members who have not renewed their membership. They will perform such other activities as appropriate to membership solicitation (i.e. ribbon cuttings, after hours events, etc.) subject to Board approval.
  • This committee will assist with six newsletters per year, coordinate press releases and develop other items of public profile for the Chamber, also work with community leadership development, subject to approval from the Board of Directors.

Economic Development

Resource Access\Business Attraction

  • This committee will monitor City Council meetings, assist the City with input on such items that have joint impact (i.e. comprehensive plan) and stay informed of current issues and inform the Chamber accordingly. They will also be involved in the Des Moines Chamber of Commerce Federation meetings and legislative priorities.
  • This committee will monitor the Economic Development Group meetings, assist the Group with input on such items that have joint impact and stay informed of current project, activities, and decisions and report them to the Chamber membership accordingly.
  • The board of directors will stay abreast of issues that affect the Greater Des Moines Partnership area.

Network Connectors

Official welcoming committee/Ribbon Cuttings/Open House/Business After-Hours Events for the Chamber and City

  • To be the official welcoming committee for the city, county and state events as an extension of the Altoona Area Chamber of Commerce.
  • To create good will with enthusiasm and hospitality.
  • To relate pertinent information in regard to our city, county and state.
  • To call, as a group, on new business, dedication of community projects, business anniversaries (25-50 years), and similar occasions.
  • The Chamber staff will make the necessary arrangements for each Ambassador call- i.e.: New Business, Ribbon Cutting, visitor, new managers, new owners, major moves. Executive Director and Ambassador calls every Wednesday. Ribbon Cutting on Fridays 11:45- Visit and Cut Ribbon at Noon.

Political Landscape Committee

The purpose of the Government Affairs committee is to advocate a more favorable state and local political climate for the conduct of business.

  • This committe will work together to keep members up-to-date on legislative issues affecting their business.
  • They will be the voice of the Altoona Area Chamber at Greater Des Moines Partnership legislative/advocacy functions.
  • This committe will also plan election year forums for Chamber membership and the community
  • One representative of this group (a co-chair) will be invited to the GDMP Annual DC Trip each spring.
  • This committee will organize and facilitate monthly Legislative coffees for February, March & April.

Altoona Young Professionals

A group of young community members directed towards professional development, outreach, networking, and social activities in order to promote self growth and to grow the community.




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