2017 ACCE Annual Convention Welcome Party at Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville

2017 ACCE Annual Convention Welcome Party at Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville



/ Welcome Reception

Tuesday, July 17 / 5–6:30 p.m.
World Food Prize Hall of Laureates

Kick off #ACCE18 in style at the Annual Convention Welcome Party, hosted this year at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates in Downtown DSM. Erected in 1903, the architecturally-significant World Food Prize building once housed the Des Moines Public Library. Today the building is home to a world-class museum that celebrates people who have dedicated their lives to fighting hunger. Join us for this special event, featuring live entertainment by the Brazilian Twins, and tour the beautifully-restored building, Gardens and riverside terrace.


/ Networking dinners

Tuesday, July 17
6:30 p.m.: 
Americana / Bubba / Centro / Flying Mango / MaloRōCASam & Gabe's / Spaghetti Works / Vivian's Diner + Drinks
7 p.m.: Court Avenue Restaurant & Brewing Co.

Hobnob with fellow chamber pros during casual Dutch-treat dinners at some of the best eateries in Des Moines. Connect with friends old and new, swap ideas and have fun at this year’s networking dinners. Sign up for one of nine dinners on site at the 2018 ACCE Annual Convention registration desk. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your seat early. Sign up here.


/ After-hours gathering, hosted by iowa chamber of commerce executives

Tuesday, July 17 / 8 p.m.
Republic on Grand

Meet at the Republic on Grand (the rooftop of the AC Hotel) for craft cocktails and a beautiful view of Downtown DSM. Local musician Tony Bohnenkamp will entertain the group with piano and familiar songs. No sign up required.


/ Run, Jog, Walk DSM

Wednesday, July 18 / 6 a.m.
Des Moines Marriott Downtown

Meet in the lobby of the Des Moines Marriott Downtown for a 30-minute jog with Matt Anderson, assistant city manager for the City of Des Moines, and Erin Olson-Douglas, director of economic development. Activity leaders will spotlight points of interest along the way. No sign up required.


 2017 Chamber of the Year (Category: State): Georgia Chamber

2017 Chamber of the Year (Category: State): Georgia Chamber

/ Chambers of Commerce:
The Greatest Show on Earth

Wednesday, July 18 / 6 p.m.
Iowa Events Center

Gather under the big top to witness some of the greatest feats of the chamber profession. It’s here, at the annual Awards Show, where we’ll celebrate Chamber of the Year (sponsored by MemberClicks) winners, ACCE’s newest Life Members and Certified Chamber Executives, exceptional membership pros, and Communications Excellence awardees (sponsored by Golden Openings). Don’t miss this year’s big extravaganza.


/ After-hours gathering, hosted by iowa chamber of commerce executives

Wednesday, July 18 / 9 p.m.
Beer Can Alley

Connect with fellow #ACCE18 attendees at Beer Can Alley. Sing karaoke with the Party Party Karaoke Band… or just sit back and enjoy the show. No sign up required.


/ Yoga Under the Canopy

Thursday, July 19 / 6 a.m.
Brenton Skating Plaza

Start your morning with a 30-minute yoga class under the canopy at Brenton Skating Plaza. Mats will be provided to those who register in advance.


/ PEER GROUP dinners

Thursday, July 19 / 6 p.m.

Mark your calendar for special Peer Group dinners, including the Metro/Major CEO dinner, the Metro/Major Senior Staff dinner, the Hometown Chambers Council dinner and the Emerging Cities Council dinner.


/ Closing Party, sponsored by AARP

Thursday, July 19 / 8 p.m.
Brenton Skating Plaza

Located in Downtown DSM, Brenton Skating Plaza is a premier destination for skating, concerts and events all year long. With breathtaking views of the Des Moines skyline, the canopy-covered outdoor venue will play host to a fun evening of life-size games, local food and live music by Faculty Lounge, an 18-piece band that covers all the hits.


/ After-hours gathering, hosted by iowa chamber of commerce executives

Thursday, July 19 / 10 p.m.
Iowa Taproom

Close out #ACCE18 Iowa style. Gather at Iowa Taproom, a beer hall in Downtown DSM and a favorite of locals. Take your pick from 120 taps, all featuring Iowa craft brews, and a variety of American food favorites. No sign up required.


/ Bike Downtown DSM

Friday, July 20 / 6 a.m.
Wellmark YMCA

Join fellow #ACCE18 attendees for a leisurely bike ride through Downtown Des Moines. You’ll see some of the region’s unique development and cultural projects, including the Historic East Village, Principal Riverwalk and Pappajohn Sculpture Park. Meet at the Wellmark YMCA for the ride. B-Cycles will be provided to those who register in advance.


/ Staying over?

Friday, July 20 / 3–8 p.m.
Bridges of Madison County Tour

The place that inspired The Bridges of Madison County, one of the greatest love stories of our time, is a quick drive from Downtown DSM. Join us for a guided tour of the famed bridges and dinner at the Northside Café before returning to Downtown DSM. Price is $15 per person and includes bus transportation and tour. Dinner is Dutch treat.

Friday, July 20 / 7:08 p.m.
ACCE Night at the Iowa Cubs

Join fellow #ACCE18 attendees in cheering the Iowa Cubs, Triple-A Affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, to victory over the New Orleans Baby Cakes. One lucky ACCE guest will be throwing out the opening pitch!

Saturday, July 21 / 6:45 a.m.
Ring the opening bell at the Downtown Farmers’ Market  

Supporting hundreds of farmers, bakers, artists and crafters from all across Iowa, the Downtown Farmers' Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines offers a diverse spread of products. Come experience local artists, live music and entertainment and unique learning opportunities all within Downtown DSM! The Greater Des Moines Partnership will also treat you to $10 in Market Bucks for a Downtown Farmers’ Market breakfast.


All events are scheduled for the local time zone for Des Moines, Iowa: Central