NEW Member – Run don’t walk down Queens Court to Boardwalk!!! With a beautiful view and amazing food, enjoy dinner by the Lake! Open 7 days a week, 11am-10pm. Boji Boardwalk Bar & Grill
The 45th year for the University of Okoboji Homecoming Races was a huge success! The races welcomed over 700 participants from 19 different states who competed in the Triathlon, Team Triathlon, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K races on Saturday, July 16th.
The Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce was honored to take over this event impacting the community in so many ways! Our staff of three wants to say thank you for your excitement for the return of this amazing tradition. We are honored to move forward with this event thanks to the generous knowledge and experience of Bob Rose, Herman Richter, and the entire University of Okoboji team. Countless individuals helped make this year possible by marking the route, sharing their knowledge, assisting during the event, and so much more. We can’t wait to see what this race has in store for the future!
A huge thank Atlantic Bottling Company, Lakes Regional Healthcare, Arnolds Park/Okoboji Fire & Rescue, Okoboji and Spirit Lake High School Track & Cross Country Teams, Kuhlman’s Lake Services, Arnolds Park Amusement Park, Body Armor, Camp Foster/YMCA, West O Beer, Drip Okoboji, Rocky Thompson Photography, Katelyn Krieger Images, and the countless volunteers who helped make this year’s event possible.
We can’t wait to do it all again next year on Saturday, July 15th, 2023. Join the fun, always on the third Saturday in July! For a full album of images visit the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook Page. A full list of results from the races are available at okobojichamber.com. For more information or to get involved call the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce at 712-332-2107.
We are so excited to introduce you to a new face at the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. Morgan Strauss joined our team on Monday, June 13th and has already been diving deep into promoting our area and members to those near and far!
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Mid-America Chamber Executives (MACE) announced the recipients of their 2022 Annual Conference Awards at their spring conference in May. MACE is comprised of chamber professionals in the six-state area of Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
The Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce received the Community Event of the Year Award for the six-state region. The award honored the IGLA Chamber for their annual University of Okoboji Winter Games. The 42ndAnnual Winter Games featured events of all types for the entire family, supporting business and providing a major boost to the economy of the Iowa Great Lakes Region. Attracting tens of thousands of people, several hundred events, and as many volunteers, the Games continue to grow every year.
This award is presented for excellence in Chamber-led Community events. The events are judged on criteria such as value to the community and chamber, resonance within their community and measurable results and innovation.
“It was a surprise and an honor to get the news that the IGLA Chamber of Commerce won such a prestigious award for the University of Okoboji Winter Games event” says Blain Andera, President and CEO of the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber. “This event couldn’t happen without the dedicated chamber team, chamber board and volunteers, sponsors and the business and community support. This is truly an award for everyone involved in the Winter Games!”
What a fun Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Humane Society of Northwest Iowa last Thursday, June 2nd! So amazing to hear and see what the No Boundaries team all accomplished to turn this room into a cozy, Meet & Greet room for visitors!