America's Hometown - Ready for You! is not just another slogan. It truly describes what Charles City is all about. Charles City has a rich, proud past, and an even more promising future.
The Charles City Area Chamber of Commerce began in 1943 and has been a strong part of the past, and will continue to be one of the cornerstones of our future. For well over 50 years the Chamber has contributed to the success in business and industry in the Charles City area. In fact the Chamber started the first ambassadors group in Iowa. It has made many contributions throughout the years and it has seen its role grow and change. The Chamber serves the community event listing on cable channel 9, in print, and on the Internet. At the Chamber the focus is in four distinct areas - promoting a strong business climate, supporting economic development, promoting tourism, and enhancing the quality of life for visitors and residents of the community. Promoting the business climate has always been a top priority for the Charles City Area Chamber of Commerce. Currently it does this through counseling services with the small business development center; ambassador calls; business-after-hours events; several retail promotions; and the largest business expo under one roof in Northeast Iowa.
Supporting economic development is also high priority for the Chamber, and it partners with many organizations to accomplish this. It works with the Charles City Area Development Corporation to attract industrial prospects, and collaborate with Community Revitalization to recruit retail and commercial businesses. It utilizes North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) and the John Pappajohn Business & Entrepreneurial Center to identify and develop entrepreneurs. This city of nearly 8,000 people reflects what “America's Hometown” really is, hospitality and friendliness. First time visitors are impressed with the friendliness of the whole community and are greeted like they are long-time friends.
“Ready for you” shows how well Charles City is prepared for you, whether you are a visitor, or a prospective resident. Our historical attractions, community events, business community, industrial land, services, and facilities all indicate the effort of the community to make America's Hometown ready for you! If you are a visitor, we have much to offer including our parks, bike and walking trails and many picnic areas. You can sit by the Cedar River and relax while you feed the many ducks and geese that permanently reside here year round. The Floyd County Museum and our many historic buildings (including our suspension bridge) will give you a glimpse of our past. Don't forget our downtown with its many businesses ready to serve you, a number of which are housed in historic buildings. Our July 4th Celebration each year brings thousands of visitors and previous residents back from all over the country. Our Century of Tractor Power celebrates the birthplace of the tractor, and Floyd County Expo showcases many of the goods and services that are available to area residents.
If you are looking for an ideal place to open a business, we are also ready for you. Our industrial base includes companies such as Sherman Nurseries; Winnebago Industries, Inc.; Fort Dodge Animal Health; Salsbury Chemicals, Inc.; All-States Quality Foods, L.P.; Allied Construction Co., Inc.; Diversified Fastening Systems, Inc.; Machine Tool Engineering, Inc. and G & L Products, Inc., just to name a few. Over the years these companies have chosen America's Hometown as not only a great place to do business, but also a great place for their staff to live and raise a family. Our location on the Avenue of the Saints linking St. Louis and St. Paul/Minneapolis gives us easy transportation access to very large markets. Potential retail businesses will find our mall and downtown attractive and ready to meet their needs. Other convenient business locations around the city can also be found. Charles City has a strong work ethic, competitive business climate and cooperative, positive attitude, making it ready for you the businessperson. There is no doubt that Charles City is America's Hometown! And regardless of your reason for looking at us, we are most definitely Ready For You! Charles City Area Chamber of Commerce
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