• News Release: Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce Announces New CEO

    COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA - The Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has announced the hiring of Drew Kamp as its Chief Executive Officer. Kamp currently serves as the Vice President of the Ames Chamber of Commerce, where he oversees public policy and economic development efforts.

    “Drew brings a valuable and varied skillset to our chamber along with the energy needed to take our organization to the next level,” said Judd Knispel, Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce Board President, and local State Farm agent. “Drew stood out from a strong list of candidates because of his strong background in public policy, workforce, and economic development. We are excited to welcome him to Council Bluffs.”

    Kamp has been a key member of the Ames Chamber staff. In January he was promoted to Vice President on the leadership team and was responsible for all public policy and business development for the City of Ames. He also served as Executive Director of Ames Main Street; an organization that serves the community and economic development efforts of the Downtown Ames area.

    Kamp got his start in the Ames area as Director of Story County Community Outreach in 2013, providing economic and community development assistance to the county’s rural communities. He was named Director of Business Retention and Expansion in March 2017 and has served as Director of Public Policy for the Ames Chamber since April 2014. He also has experience in leading fundraising and workforce development initiatives.

    “I am extremely excited by the countless opportunities this position presents,” said Kamp. The Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce is in a unique position to lead on a number of fronts and I cannot wait to get to work with our public and private partners to address the needs of the Council Bluffs community.”

    “Whether it is growing our membership, events, and programming, providing the necessary resources to our members and partner organizations, expanding our public policy program, further developing our workforce initiative, working with our existing industry to help them grow and flourish, or partnering with our friends in the public and private sector to continue to serve as the voice of the Council Bluffs business community, there is much work to be done, and I look forward to playing an integral role in helping move the entire region forward in the years ahead.”

    In its selection process, the Council Bluffs Chamber Board highlighted Kamp’s varied skillset that included:

    • Budget and Financial Analysis
    • Policy Analysis and Development
    • Board and Stakeholder Relations
    • Leadership Development
    • Strategic and Comprehensive Planning
    • Network Development and Facilitation
    • Municipal Contracting and Operations
    • Economic and Community Development
    • Community Relations and Fundraising
    • Business and Organizational Development
    • Team Building and Employee Oversight
    • Grassroots Advocacy and Campaigns
    • Government Relations and Advocacy
    • Entrepreneurial Operating System