October 19, 2020
DCR Chamber Cancels 2020 Business Excellence Awards
After much consideration and conversation, the DCR Chamber of Commerce has decided to cancel the 2020 Business Excellence Awards. This annual event is one of our members favorite to attend each year. After looking at the landscape of COVID-19 and considering the best interest of the DCR Chamber, we have decided to postpone the Business Excellence Awards until 2021.

We look forward to celebrating all the fantastic businesses, business leaders, and non-profits in Dakota County, in person, Fall of 2021. If you have questions or concerns about this event, contact Maureen Scallen Failor, DCR Chamber President, mscallenfailor@dcrchamber.com
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Minnesota State Legislature Passes $1.9 Billion Bonding Bill

On Wednesday, October 14, 2020, the Minnesota State Legislature passed the largest public works infrastructure package in state history. The bonding bill authorized $1.9 Billion in public works to pay for roads, wastewater treatment, and major construction projects. The DCR Chamber has been actively supporting this jobs bill over the last several month.
Thank you to the Dakota County Legislative Delegation for approving the bonding bill that will help support projects all over Dakota County such as renovations to the Minnesota Zoo, Veterans Memorial Trail, Diffley Road, along with other projects. Learn more about the Bonding Bill and the infrastructure improvements that it covers HERE
Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce is Hiring

Are you or someone you know looking for a job opportunity? The Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce is hiring a Manager of Administration and Finance. Be a part of a growing and thriving organization. Learn more about this job opportunity HERE. If you have any questions, please contact Maureen Scallen Failor, President of DCR Chamber of Commerce, via email only mscallenfailor@dcrchamber.com
Dakota County Critical Issues Forum - Housing in Dakota County and What it Means for Businesses

Join us, virtually, Wednesday, October 21, 2020, from 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM for our next Critical Issues Forum Housing in Dakota County and What it Means for Businesses. Affordable, quality housing is the backbone of our regional economy. It is critical to workers’ quality of life, enhances employers’ ability to expand and grow, and is vital to attract new businesses.
Our region is not producing enough workforce housing to meet the demands of our growing economy. Right now, one-in-five workers in the Twin Cities area are housing cost-burdened, spending more than 30% of their income on housing. Against this backdrop, policymakers, municipalities, and regions across the state, non-profit, and business leaders are coming together to create a stronger commitment to the urgent need for more homes that are affordable for more Minnesotans.
Join us for a conversation with an interesting panel of government, business, and non-profit leaders, about our region’s housing situation and what we can do to improve it.

Register HERE
Cheryl Young
Senior Economist
Zillow Group
Colleen Ebinger
Vice President
Family Housing Found
Judy Johnson
Project Director
Prosperity's Front Door
Tony Shertler
Executive Director
Dakota County CDA
Kick-Off Your Morning Networking with the DCR Chamber and Dakota Electric Association at Hope Fieldhouse
Start your morning off right Tuesday, October 27, from 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM, with Dakota Electric Association at Hope Fieldhouse in Rosemount, with a fresh cup of coffee or beverage that you bring from home. Times may be uncertain, but one thing remains true, there’s a simple power in people coming together. We will provide each participant with the opportunity to introduce yourself and your business. Join us for a great morning of in-person networking!

  • Registration is REQUIRED.
  • There will be NO day of event sign up.
  • All attendees MUST wear a mask.
  • Social distancing (6 feet apart) is of the utmost importance.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available.
  • Bring your own coffee/beverage.
  • Handshaking is discouraged; we recommend air-fives and elbow bumps.
  • If you are experiencing any symptoms associated with COVID-19 such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, we ask that you remain home.
  • If you have been exposed to a person with confirmed COVID-19 within the last 14 days, we ask that you remain home.

Register HERE
Join Us for Meet the Chamber Hosted by SPIRE Credit Union
Interested in being engaged with the DCR Chamber? Looking to find out more about our awesome programs and benefits? Come check out our monthly Meet the Chamber event.

Join us, virtually, at Meet the Chamber, Wednesday, October 28, 2020, from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM. This monthly meeting provides an opportunity for new members, new company representatives and prospective members to meet and learn how to get the most from their DCR Chamber membership. Involvement in committees, monthly networking, special regional events, and marketing/advertising opportunities, are just a few of the topics discussed at the meeting. Each attendee is also given the opportunity to introduce themselves and give a 30-second commercial about their business or position.

Register HERE
Hear from Dakota County Mayors at November DCR Chamber of Commerce Public Affairs Breakfast

Join the DCR Chamber of Commerce, virtually, Friday, November 6, 2020, from 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM for our next Public Affairs Breakfast. Hear from Mayor Doug Anderson, Lakeville, Mayor Bill Droste, Rosemount, Mayor Mike Maguire, Eagan, and Mayor Dave Napier, West St. Paul, for a candid discussion of each mayor's priorities for 2021. We will hear their specific issues of importance and the economic outlooks for their cities. Other topics that will be discussed are the impacts of civil unrest, the Coronavirus pandemic, transportation, economic development, affordable housing, and how these cities will work together in the future.

Register HERE
Mayor Doug Anderson
Mayor Bill Droste
Mayor Mike Maguire
Mayor Dave Napier
Comcast Introduces RISE Program

Comcast has committed to a multiyear plan to fight injustice and inequality. As part of this commitment from Chairman and CEO, Brian Roberts, Comcast is allocating substantial resources to help small businesses. Comcast RISE – a program that stands for Representation, Investment, Strength and Empowerment, will start in 2020 with an initial focus on Black-owned businesses. The next submission cycle will open-up eligibility to all BIPOC business owners, those next hit hardest by the effects of the pandemic. To learn more and see if you qualify, visit HERE

Party It Forward With DARTS

Party It Forward is a community-wide celebration supporting DARTS mission: creating connections that enrich aging. To make the party more accessible and safer for everyone, DARTS 9th Annual Party It Forward will be taking place virtually! Join DARTS online as they celebrate their mission of creating connections that enrich aging. Their services are needed now more than ever. DARTS is working to combat social isolation, which has become a bigger problem during this pandemic. Your support, no matter where you are, will go directly to their programs that help older adults and their families. Register HERE 

Minneapolis Fed Hosts Regional Business Conditions Webinar

The Minneapolis Fed gathers regular survey data from firms throughout the Ninth District to track the pandemic’s evolving effects on businesses and the broader economy. Join Ron Wirtz, Regional Outreach Director, for a live webinar to discuss the latest results from our general business survey executed on October 5-9, and learn where and whom the pandemic is hitting the hardest. Register HERE
Networking at its Best
Registration is Required
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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If you have questions or concerns about your membership renewal, please contact Pam Schmidt at pschmidt@dcrchamber.com or call 651-452-9872.
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