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Grimes is Blooming!

May 2023 Newsletter Article

Like the community in which we are located, Grimes Chamber & Economic Development continues to grow.   In a chamber of commerce, this is a very good thing.  Growth is representative of more opportunity, new clients, new employees, new ideas, and new relationships.  Like the businesses we represent, we are always analyzing and looking for ways to improve, to provide more value, to stay extremely relevant in a fast evolving world.

Chambers of commerce come in all sizes.  The services they provide are wide and varied, influenced heavily by the makeup of their membership, by the circumstances of their geography, by the story of their community.    A substantial percentage of the Grimes business community is comprised of businesses involved in the construction industry.  Home builders, commercial contractors, suppliers, and just about every trade is represented.  This has been an incredibly sustainable model for Grimes because of the vast amount of development occurring in our region.  It is also something of which we are very proud.

However, in recent years, the business mix has been changing.  Due to ongoing growth in population, increased traffic flow along major commercial corridors, positive demographic attributes, Grimes has seen a dramatic increase in public facing retail and restaurant options.  With the pending opening of the GrimesPlex (a nearly 50-acre multi-use all turf sports complex), coupled with a growing number of other youth sports oriented facilities, the number of annual visitors (aka. Tourists) coming to Grimes is expected to dramatically increase.

As a result of this evolution, we anticipate continued population growth, ongoing commercial development, new entertainment/service venues, hospitality investment, and all of the ancillary businesses that want to be near to these traffic generating venues.  Like the rest of the world, Grimes will need to navigate increasing development costs, inflation in the general economy, and other yet to be determined headwinds, but we feel we are very well positioned, even with these challenges in the marketplace.

In order to celebrate all that is happening, we’ve themed our annual celebration of community, which we call Governors Days ( as “In Full Bloom”.  This captures the comparison that, like the beautiful flowers we will see this time of year, Grimes is also growing; growing in a magnificently beautiful and sustainable way.  We invite everyone to come and join us as we kick off the summer, June 8-10th.

The festival website will also show you all of the fantastic business sponsors who through their investment of time and money make this celebration possible.  This years Presenting Sponsor is once again Inspiring Dance!  We’re all in this together and we feel blessed to part of this tremendous community!  #lovegrimes

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