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Growing Together & Building Our Future

by Brian Buethe, President | CEO, Grimes Chamber & Economic Development

March 2024 Newsletter Article

Have you noticed how Grimes seems to be buzzing with energy lately? Maybe it’s because of the relatively mild weather we’ve been experiencing, or perhaps it is something else.  From new businesses cropping up to expanding neighborhoods, it's clear that our town is on the move. But amidst all this growth, let's not forget what makes Grimes truly special – our sense of community.

Sure, we're one of the fastest-growing communities in Iowa, but let's not let that growth overshadow the importance of staying connected and involved. In fact, it's more important than ever that we come together as neighbors, friends, and business partners to shape the future of our town.

Supporting local businesses isn't just a feel-good gesture – it's an investment in our community's prosperity. When we choose to shop at local stores and dine at Grimes restaurants, we're fueling our local economy. Plus, with an increasing number of restaurants to choose from, eating in Grimes is easier than ever.

But being involved in the community goes beyond just where we spend our money. It's about rolling up our sleeves and getting our hands dirty (sometimes literally). Whether it's volunteering at a local event, joining a service organization, helping a non-profit, volunteering at a school event, or simply lending a helping hand to a neighbor in need, there are countless ways to make a difference in Grimes.

And let's not forget about the power of connection. In a town that's growing as quickly as ours, it's easy to feel like just another face in the crowd. But by taking the time to get to know our neighbors and build relationships within our community, we can create a sense of belonging that transcends zip codes and street names.  When we are able to really know one another, we can better understand how to celebrate the great things, and how to walk alongside someone when times are tough.

So here's the bottom line, Grimes: let's embrace our growth and use it as an opportunity to strengthen our bonds as a community. Whether you've lived here for decades or just moved in last week, you have a role to play in shaping the future of our town. So let's roll up our sleeves, support local businesses, and continue to build Grimes into the vibrant, thriving community we are destined to become.  I look forward to seeing you at the new library, at the GrimesPlex, in the grocery store, or perhaps just meeting on the sidewalk.  #lovegrimes

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