New to the wold of blogging, this entry will give you some idea how I plan to use this forum to share important and usually wonderful information about the community of Grimes, Iowa.
My name is Brian W. Buethe. I am currently the Executive Director of Grimes Chamber & Economic Development (GCED), the organization which makes this website and thus this blog possible. It is important for you to understand what the mission of our organization is, because it guides our everyday efforts and will have a substantial influence on what I communicate via this forum.
Grimes Chamber & Economic Development is a membership organization focused on the retention and expansion of the Grimes business community along with the sponsorship of activities to benefit our members and residents.
That’s it, in a nutshell, we exist to serve our members and conduct activities that we believe benefit not only our members, but also the residents of Grimes. The mission statement provides great flexibility, because although our membership is composed primarily of businesses, it also includes service organizations, churches, our local school district, our local government, and quite a few individual members. Because of our broad membership interests, one theme almost always holds true; what is good for our members is good for our community as a whole.
I have lived in Grimes since March of 2007. Some days I feel like I just arrived. Some days I feel like I have been here since the dawn of time. But in my position, I feel very blessed, because I meet new people every day, learn about new companies, hear so many different perspectives on a variety of issues, and get to observe firsthand the continued advancement of a growing community.
I am also a dad, a husband, a son, a brother, an uncle, a cousin, a friend to many (I hope), a sports fan, a student, a Christian, and a farm kid, who sometimes longs for my country roots (in no particular order). Like anyone, my views on the world are based on the experiences that I have had throughout life. I try to stay informed on issues that I have a natural interest or that I believe can have some substantial impact on those I serve. Who I am is largely defined by all of the aforementioned titles, including my job title.
With all of that in mind, I’m still not sure exactly what I will include in these entries, but I hope that it will be a useful forum that will either educate, spark positive debate, or at least entertain you from time to time. You are always welcome to contact me with questions, comments, ideas, etc.
Thank you for visiting the GCED website and taking some of your valuable time to read this piece.