The PACE Alliance is a non-profit organization of business owners and employees working collaboratively to achieve economic growth and success in the Pella area. This work is accomplished through five Councils. 



Contact us today to inquire about joining one of our councils. All members are welcome to join at any time throughout the year. 

Business Development

The focus of this council is to provide PACE members with connections, education and advocacy opportunities to utilize in the success of their business.

The Business Development Council is made up of small business owners, partners or managers, experienced in assisted entrepreneurs and small business owners in starting or growing their business.

MEETS: Third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 AM


  • Creating networking opportunities for business-to-business and peer-to-peer
  • Leadership development for owners and employers
  • Business resources and tools

Downtown Development

This council seeks to ensure the vitality of the downtown area through appropriate business mix, regulatory oversight and customer friendly aesthetics.

The Downtown Development Council is made up individuals who are interested in the vitality of the downtown area: owners of businesses and buildings in the downtown area, real estate agents, services businesses as well as members from outside of the Central Business District area.

MEETS: Fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:30 AM


  • Creating and a mix of businesses that will attract customers of all ages and interests
  • Support business friendly regulations, zoning and ordinances for area
  • Continue to make the area welcoming to residents and visitors through welcoming atmosphere, amenities and aesthetics.

Events Council

This council seeks to create social opportunities for employees and residents which enhance the quality of life in Pella, work with the Destination Development and Downtown Development Councils on collaborative events to increase the customer base to Pella, and give visitors additional reasons to visit Pella.

The Events Council is made up of individuals from the PACE membership who share an interest in creating social and experiential opportunities for employees and residents.

MEETS: Typically once a month as needed


  • Family-friendly events
  • Events for individuals 21+ yrs
  • Events to connect PACE members and employees

Economic Development

This council focuses on creating private/public partnerships which spur economic growth, with a particular interest in the housing, infrastructure, utilities, incentive, local amenities and safety of the Pella community.

The Economic Development Council is made up of individuals who have experience in financing, developing, selling or marketing of commercial, residential or industrial developments/projects and individuals from large employers.

MEETS: First Thursday of the month at 7:00 AM


  • Employment housing
  • Incentives for developers and homeowners
  • Encouraging public and private investment in areas of future expansion
  • Land availability

Workforce Development

The focus of this council is to attract and retain quality workforce and provide new residents with resources to promote a smooth transition to the Pella area.

The workforce Development Council is made up of individuals who work with and for employers and the education community in the Pella area.

MEETS: Second Thursday of the month at 7:00 AM


  • Serve as a resource to new and potential residents to the community and the employers bringing them to the area
  • Attract/retain youth to local workforce through engagement, career pathways and eventual upskilling
  • Enhance inclusion/diversity initiatives