About the Chamber

The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce

Business Based. Community Minded.

 

“The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce is business based and community minded through partnership, outreach and promotion.”

The Chamber of Commerce exists today for the same reason it was founded “together more can be achieved.” Since 1941, the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce has worked to conquer economic development and quality of life issues in the community with the support of more than 270 memberships and growing.

 

Our Priorities & Strategic Plan

Membership & Professional Development
Our continued goals for this tier are to:

  1. Retain and grow membership to 280 members.
  2. Continue orientation/education/engagement (Lunch & Learns, “Leading Cass County”, etc.).
  3. Continue Alive After Five.

Our new goals for the next three years are to:

  1. Help members grow and be successful through education.
  2. Expand Atlantic Rising (Young Professional’s) networking group.
  3. Create a new sponsorship campaign.
  4. Implement Board of Director networking with the membership.

 

Business Development & Recruitment
Our continued goals for this tier are to:

  1. Continue our year-round Shop Local Campaign.
  2. Partner with other organizations like: Cass/Atlantic Development, Atlantic Development, SHIFT ATL, realtors, etc.

Our new goals for the next three years are to:

  1. Partner on an Atlantic Housing Taskforce and a building incentive program.
  2. Network quarterly with one other Chamber and/or development corporation in the State.
  3. Partner on a business start-up investor fund.
  4. Explore an Atlantic Charitable Trust for donor advised funds (community foundation) to support local causes that legacy donors care about.

 

Community Events & Tourism
Our continued goals for this tier are to sustain:

  1. Nine & Wine
  2. AtlanticFest
  3. Coca-Cola Days
  4. Produce in the Park
  5. Christmas in Atlantic
  6. RAGBRAI & Periodic Events
  7. Community Guide
  8. Shop Local Initiative 

Our new goals for the next three years are to:

  1. Partner with the Community Promotion Commission (CPC) for tourism charter bus trips to shop and visit Atlantic.
  2. Partner with CPC for Billboards on I-80/TV commercials. 
  3. Purchase a $150 city punch ass. Include combinations of shopping, tourism activities, house tours, etc. for visitors to utilize.

 

 To access a PDF version of our strategic plan, click here.

The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce and the Cass/Atlantic Development Corporation (CADCO) spearheaded an effort to create a new strategic plan for the city of Atlantic. The plan was created by the staff of the Southwest Iowa Planning Council (SWIPCO). SWIPCO facilitated discussions, provided technical assistance, and wrote the plan.

Vision 2020: Atlantic’s Plan for the Future

The final document, Vision 2020: Atlantic’s Plan for the Future, was created after numerous public input meetings were held, surveys were given, and other plans were reviewed. Read Vision 2020, download a copy of the final plan Vision 2020: Atlantic’s Plan for the Future.

Join the Taskforce

Now that we have a plan, we need to make sure that we’re sticking to it. Join us in our efforts to complete the goals of Vision 2020 by serving on our Taskforce. Contact us today for more information.