May 15, 2017
Meet Rachael Nielsen... 
By: Rachael Nielsen

I am a senior at Rosemount High School in the mentorship program. This class helps prepare us as students for our future and potential positions in the workforce. Along with my mentorship, I take part in DECA and Girl Scouts of America. I enjoy learning about businesses and finding out about how I can work towards a strong future in business. My mentor is Emily Corson, the Communications and Events Director, for Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce. I have been able to meet with several members of the Chamber and hope to build on those relationships for the future. After high school, I plan to attend Saint Cloud State University for marketing and possibly international business.

Rachael will be with the Chamber through June 1. Interested in connecting with her? Send Rachael an email. 
Committed to Business... for YOU.
One Week and Counting....
News late last week from the Governor's office indicates a veto of the Uniform State Labor Standards, which has been one of your Chamber's top priorities this legislative session. According to reports, Governor Dayton has stated, "I will veto the pre-emption (bill) because I think it's bad policy to take over the decision-making authority of local governments. It's just the business community coming in and trying to strip away, and keep people from improving the quality of their lives." We wholeheartedly disagree. Government should not be mandating private sector benefits and most certainly shouldn't be doing it on a community by community basis. We encourage you to reach out to Governor Dayton and share your concerns about this erroneous legislation on your business. Imposing a patchwork of ordinances on employers means more time and money is spent on figuring out laws and less on innovating, growing, and hiring new employees. 
The Uniform State Labor Standards Act would explicitly preempt local units of government from enacting their own minimum wage levels and mandates on businesses, including mandates for so-called "predictive scheduling" and "paid sick and safe time." The Act would ensure consistent statewide laws governing wages, benefits, and scheduling and would keep Minnesota open for business and our economy thriving for all. 
CTIB Dissolution Makes Transportation Funding Move One Step Closer
After months of negotiations, the Dakota County Board of Commissioners approved a tentative resolution during their Physical Development Committee last week. While there are many details to the agreement reached between the five metro counties and Met Council, essentially Dakota County will have greater opportunities to invest directly in its own transportation priorities. Much work remains on a statewide funding package but the pending dissolution of CTIB frees up many of the recent sticking points. Our Chamber has been supportive of dissolution by the County and applauds the efforts of Dakota County staff and leadership; and all of the commissioners with particular recognition to Commissioners Mary Liz Holberg and Chairman Mike Slavik. 
Get Your Networking On!
opportunity_words.jpg Opportunity for creating and building relationships is ever present at your Chamber over the next four weeks! We hope you can join us for the following events:

May 23: Coffee Break at MRCI
June 7: Why Not Wednesday at Bald Man Brewing
June 8: Coffee Break at Edward Jones - Stacey Bartelson   
Events Calendar

7:30 a.m.
Board of Directors

3:30 p.m.
Emerging Leaders Committee

4:00 p.m.
Golf Committee 

7:30 a.m.
Nominating Committee

7:30 a.m.

8:00 a.m.
Employer's Breakfast

4:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.

7:30 a.m.

8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m.
Government Affairs Committee

8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m.


Happy Memorial Day

7:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m.
Executive Committee

3:30 p.m.
Ambassador Committee

4:30 p.m.

8:00 a.m.
 Did You Know? 
Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce's conference room is available for your use as a member of the Chamber. Click here for more details! 
The Vikings are Coming!
Vikings Celebrate Steel Topping Off at Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center
The Minnesota Vikings, Crawford Architects, Kraus Anderson, and Twin Cities Orthopedics celebrated a major construction milestone on the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center as the last piece of structural steel was recently installed.
To commemorate the steel "topping off," construction crews hoisted the final piece of steel, which was recently painted white and signed by Vikings staff and construction workers, into position along with the traditional evergreen tree and American flag.
More than 1,300 tons of steel were installed in the headquarters while 2,200 tons were used for the Vikings indoor practice facility (IPF). The IPF stands at a height of 113 feet with a 100-foot clearance to fully accommodate kicking and punting. The roof trusses span 220 feet from north to south and are 12 feet wide at their midpoint. The steel was fabricated by Ted Mannstedt and Son in La Crosse, WI, and erected by Danny's Construction Company in Shakopee, MN.
To date, construction crews have logged more than 80,000 hours on the project and more than 130 workers are on site daily. Of the 38 subcontractors awarded work thus far, 32 are Minnesota-based. The project remains on time for a March 2018 opening.    
A Sneak Peek at a New Recruitment Resource
All organizations are in the business of talent. Hiring the right people is more critical than ever before.  However, all employers struggle to find the talent they need. 
Traditional recruitment methods often require employers to sort through high volumes of resumes or settle for a less than ideal candidate. For employers of any size, this process can be costly and time-consuming, often without the payoff of an excellent hire. MN Job Match revolutionizes the recruiting process, connecting you with quality candidates uniquely qualified to your role. 
Your Chamber is pleased to host this new program in partnership with the Minnesota Chamber and its statewide Grow MN! Partners. Contact Vicki Stute for more information and watch for the official launch later this month.   
Local Focus: Find Out What's Happening In Your Community
Farmington City Council meets May 15 - see the agenda
Mendota Heights City Council meets May 16 - see the agenda
West St. Paul Planning Commission meets May 16 - see the agenda
Eagan City Council meets May 16 - see the agenda
Rosemount City Council meets May 16 - see the agenda
Rosemount Port Authority meets May 16 - see the agenda 
Highway 110 Construction Update 
The eastbound directional closure of Highway 110 will be starting June 12 (weather permitting). Click here for an update of what is to be expected over the coming weeks. This one-construction season project is expected to run though the fall of 2017.

Member Spotlight: Building Relationships
Emily Bohmbach, Manager of Partnership Activation, Minnesota Vikings
Raised in Red Wing, I started with the Vikings in 2011 working on the Partnership Activation & Special Projects Team. Throughout the U.S. Bank Stadium build, I was involved heavily in the curation and installation of the U.S. Bank Stadium Art Collection as well as managing partnerships with Founding Partner build-outs such as the Delta Sky360 Club, Hyundai Club, BWW Club, Factory Motor Parts Club, Miller Lite Lounge, and Caribou Bar. After getting married, my husband Jimmy and I moved to Eagan in 2016, in preparation for the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center to be built. Since joining the Dakota County Regional Chamber Board in 2016, I've enjoyed building relationships with Chamber board members as well as attending Good Day Dakota County, Women's Conference, and the Business Excellence Awards. I look forward to the TCO Performance Center opening in March, 2018, and extending the Vikings family throughout Dakota County.
Leveraging Creativity in Community
In partnership with Minnesota Citizens for the Arts and the Metropolitan
Regional Arts Council, Arts Midwest is providing an eight month learning
experience for suburban communities in the 7-county Twin Cities Metro.
Communities will apply in teams, through an organization serving as an
arts anchor within their community. This program focuses on the growing importance of arts and culture as key drivers in building communities that can flourish.

Interested in joining the Eagan team? Contact Cheryl Caponi, (651) 454-4338. The course runs from September 2017 through March 2018. Applications are due May 15th. Click here for program details and to apply. 
New Members
We welcome the following new members!

Bulldog Contractors, LLC
Dynamic Surface Solutions
Piada Italian Street Food
Seal King

River Source Realty 
Nora Ladd
3951 Clippers Road
Eagan, MN 55122
(612) 770-6531
Visit website here

River Source Realty is a family owned and operated real estate brokerage out of Mendota Heights that began with a passion for renovating and restoring older homes, now devoted to helping clients with the homeownership process of buying and selling.
After nearly 10 years of working in property management, I decided to follow my passion and transitioned into real estate and joined River Source Realty in 2017. I help navigate the process of homeownership by professionally marketing and selling homes. I mentor first-time, and seasoned, homebuyers with what's typically their largest investment. Buying and selling homes is such an exciting but personal process for my clients that I am blessed to be a part of it.

Edina Realty - Matt Ryan 
Matt Ryan
1519 Central Parkway, Suite 100
Eagan, MN 55121
(651) 587-8473 
Visit website here

Matt is a third-generation RealtorĀ® who prides himself on building lasting relationships through focusing on the needs of his clients. Being a member of Edina Reality, Matt has access to industry leading technology, top of the line marketing tools and a network of 2,000+ agents to meet any and all of your real estate needs. From prepping to sell or negotiating the last detail on purchasing your home, Matt is able to help you from beginning to end. Matt looks forward to connecting and being active in the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce. 

PCS Residential
Nick Ohland
2005 Pin Oak Drive
Eagan, MN 55122
(651) 994-2028
 Visit website here

PCS Residential helps homeowners and property managers assess, navigate, and complete their exterior construction projects.  Since 2006, we have worked with over 4,000 property owners to restore their homes, delivering value, expertise and peace of mind. Our mission - "Building Experiences that Renew and Inspire" - is what drives us; it's our touchstone as we interact with our clients and industry affiliates on a daily basis. Headquartered in Eagan for more than 10 years, we are committed to this mission and to our community. That is why we consider ourselves "More Than a Contractor."

Watch for more information about these fine companies in upcoming Weekly Updates.
Renewing Members
Last week these awesome members renewed their Chamber membership. Thank you!!  
Celebrate Business Success
News on what's happening with our members and in the community!

Our Ambassadors and Valley Staffing celebrated with Piada Italian Street Food at their soft opening last week. Piada officials opens on Tuesday, May 16 in Central Park Commons. Congratulations and welcome to Eagan!

The SPIRE Food Truck recently garnered recognition from the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Diamond Awards for Marketing Excellence. SPIRE was awarded Category's Best in the Multifaceted category. Category's Best awards are only bestowed for the best examples of creativity, innovation, relevance and execution. Read more.

Sprint by Universal Wireless celebrated the opening of their new Eagan location on Rahncliff with a ribbon cutting last week. Thank you to the support of Valley Staffing and our Ambassadors during this busy ribbon cutting season! Congrats Sprint!

Eagan City Administrator Dave Osberg has received the Dr. Robert A. Barrett Award for Management Excellence which is the highest award given by the Minnesota City/County Management Association and often referred to as the city manager of the year award. Congratulations Dave! Read more.

Orangetheory Fitness in Eagan celebrated the opening of their business in Central Park Commons with our Ambassadors, Valley Staffing, and a ribbon cutting! Are you ready to discover the Orange Effect?
 Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce
3352 Sherman Court, Suite 201
Eagan, MN 55121