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Be True to Your… By Brian Buethe, President | CEO, Grimes Chamber & Economic Development December 2021 Newsletter Article In December of 1963 a song written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love peaked on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at #6. The song was entitled “Be True to Your School”. The band, one of the most critically…

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Grimes-Giving!

Grimes-Giving! By Ben Butzke (Butzke Burch Construction), Board Chair, Grimes Chamber & Economic Development November 2021 Newsletter Article Happy Holiday Season, Grimes! That might seem a little premature to say, but once we hit Halloween it always feels like a whirlwind until we get through New Year’s. Although Christmas music before Thanksgiving is still weird…

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It’s More Important Than You Know

It’s More Important Than You Know By Brian Buethe, President, CEO, Grimes Chamber & Economic Development October 2021 Newsletter Article Grimes Area Chamber of Commerce was officially formed in 1995. At that time, Grimes had a population of 3,490 people. Just five years earlier, in 1990, the decennial census indicated that 2,690 people lived in the community. In…

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Crisp Leaves, Bright Lights and Cool Breezes

Crisp Leaves, Bright Lights and Cool Breezes By Ben Butzke (Butzke Burch Construction), Board Chair, Grimes Chamber & Economic Development September 2021 Newsletter Article The crisp leaves, bright lights from the stadium, and cool breeze is upon us. Fall doesn’t officially begin for a few more weeks but everything that comes with it is quickly…

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Learning From Others

Learning From Others By Brian Buethe, President, CEO, Grimes Chamber & Economic Development August 2021 Newsletter Article It is no surprise that the weather is often a topic that is brought up in casual conversation. It is something that impacts everyone, all the time, in one way or another. Depending on your circumstance, you might be…

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Making Hay

Making Hay By Brian Buethe, President, CEO, Grimes Chamber & Economic Development July 2021 Newsletter Article As a young man growing up on a farm in rural Nebraska, making hay was an important part of my summer routine. Sometimes I hated it and sometimes I loved it. At this point in my life, I look back on…

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Make Memories This Summer!

Make Memories This Summer! By Brian Buethe, President, CEO, Grimes Chamber & Economic Development June 2021 Newsletter Article For me, it was a summer day in the early 1980’s, just outside a small town at my family’s local church. That is where one of my fondest childhood memories was born. While we may have been celebrating some…

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June Member Spotlight

June Member Spotlight Signarama – Ankeny! KJ Signs LLC was started in 2016, and is a locally and independently-owned small business doing business as Signarama Ankeny and YESCO Sign & Lighting Des Moines. We design, create, produce, and install all types of visual signs and graphics.  We also have a dedicated division that services, repairs…

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Cheers to Grimes!

Cheers to Grimes! by Ben Butzke, 2020 GCED Board Chair, Grimes Chamber & Economic Development, bbutzke@butzkeburch.com  May 2021 Newsletter Article Happy spring, Grimes! Warmer temperatures, green grass, outdoor events and vaccines are providing us hope and excitement for the rest of 2021. Grimes Chamber & Economic Development has been cautiously and thoughtfully implementing more in-person…

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A Good Place to Live

A Good Place to Live By Brian Buethe, President, CEO, Grimes Chamber & Economic Development April 2021 Newsletter Article Historically, the driving factor on where people chose to live was often based on where they could make a good living.  Determine where the best job opportunity existed and move there in order to take advantage of…

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