Anticipating plenty of opportunity for growth in the community and in business, Ames Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Dan Culhane recently shared his optimism for 2018 and its prospects with Iowa Business Daily.
Question: What do you expect to see this year?
Answer: We will continue to see robust economic development activity.
Q: Who benefits/loses?
A: Job seekers will benefit as will Ames/Story County. Who loses? The community that takes second place to our market.
Q: How should businesses/consumers approach the year from an economic viewpoint?
A: There is concern about an interest rate increase, but I think generally speaking there remains continued optimism in the U.S. economy witnessed by the national job growth we are seeing.
Q: Which sectors do you see ripe for growth?
A: Innovators will continue to thrive with support from entities like Iowa State University, and the resources of the Ames Seed Capital LLC, the Iowa State University Research Park,and the ISU Start Up Factory.
Q: Which sectors do you think will continue to sink?
A: I believe agriculture will continue to lag based upon what I hear from the experts in the industry.