Bitcoin Accepted: Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce

Bitcoin Accepted: Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce

 ICACC now accepts Bitcoin for membership fees. Maybe more application to come.

ICACC now accepts Bitcoin for membership fees. Maybe more application to come.

We at Coin Ninja like to report on progressive actions from government agencies when it comes to Bitcoin and other alt-coin acceptance. Earlier in the year, we reported on Arizona and Georgia putting bills into motion for the acceptance of Bitcoin (and potentially other cryptocurrencies) to pay for taxes and title fees. Though on a smaller scale, we're happy to report that the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce (ICACC) is also opening the door for Bitcoin payments. 

It began when a Bitcoin/blockchain consultant, Cameron Schorg inquired to the ICACC about paying for membership via cryptocurrency. Chamber CEO and president, Kim Casko was not dismissive of the notion and looked into whether others in this field were offering this option; her search proved that there were no others. 

If there is another one, we haven’t found them...We did a lot of research before going forward with this, and talked to a number of other Chambers around the country. We couldn’t find anyone else who was accepting Bitcoin other than us.
— Kim Casko

Cameron Schorg's opportunity came in February, when he was one of tree keynote speakers at the Chamber's Annual Banquet, in February. Here's what Schorg had to say:

I’ve been a big evangelist for Bitcoin and Blockchain, and spending a lot of time consulting with people and helping them to understand how to get involved. By accepting Bitcoin, using it and transacting with it, the main benefit to both the Chamber and to individual merchants is education. If you are using Bitcoin, you are now five steps ahead of anyone who doesn’t accept cryptocurrency.

Schorg continued:

I’m hoping that we are creating a model here for other Chambers of Commerce to follow. This is showing the world that we are doing very forward-thinking things here in Iowa City, and the fact that they’re accepting Bitcoin means that the Chamber is positioning itself for a much different future. I think that’s really important.

The ICACC considers this a "bold step into that new world", as they appear to be the first Chamber of Commerce in the U.S. to accept Bitcoin, and now Casko looking into other potential areas within where Bitcoin may be used as a form a payment. Cameron Schorg's confident actions were successful, which is inspiring to those who may not have thought it possible to propose such a idea in their local community. 

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