May 10, 2021
Governor Tim Walz Announces Minnesota Moving Forward As He Introduces Three Phase Process Lifting COVID-19 Restrictions
On Thursday, May 5, 2021, Governor Tim Walz announced a three step process that will end nearly all of Minnesota's COVID-19 restrictions by May 28, 2021, and end the statewide masking requirement by July 1, 2021, at the latest.

The three phases of this processes are the following:

Step one takes place at noon on Friday, May 7, 2021. It includes initial steps to relax some restrictions, primarily in outdoor settings.
  • Removes limits for outdoor dining, events, and other get-togethers, and ends the mask requirement outdoors except at large venues with over 500 people.
  • Eliminates the state-established mandatory closing time for bars, restaurants, and food and beverage service at other places of public accommodation.
The second step begins on Friday, May 28, 2021. Remaining capacity and distancing limits will come to an end, including for indoor events and gatherings. The requirements that will remain include:
  • Face coverings indoors and for outdoor events that exceed 500 people.
  • There will be no new safety requirements for businesses, though they must maintain their plans to keep their employees and customers safe - as they have from the beginning of the pandemic - guided by only minimal universal state guidance document.

The third step takes place once 70% of Minnesotans age 16 years and older get at least one dose of the vaccine, but no later than Thursday, July 1, 2021.
  • The remaining face covering requirement and the requirement for preparedness plans will end. Work on vaccines will continue, and local jurisdictions and entities may set their own mask policies.

Learn more about the new three-step process Governor Tim Walz set in place HERE.
Support the DCR Chamber Golf Classic Silent Auction
The DCR Chamber will be hosting our Annual Golf Classic this summer on Monday, July 12, 2021. As part of this great event, we will be hosting a silent auction. The proceeds of the silent auction will go towards the DCR Chamber Charitable Foundation and our scholarship award recipients in 2022. We are looking for DCR Chamber businesses and organizations to donate items for the support of our charitable foundation. If your business is willing and able to donate a gift card, experience, or item of at least $30 in value, please contact Heather Proskey, Director of Events, at or (651) 288-9200.
Learn more about the DCR Chamber Golf Classic HERE
Thank You to Our Golf Classic Sponsors
Dakota Electric Association
Eagan Convention & Visitors Bureau
Gateway Bank - Mendota Heights
Goff Public
Hartigan Outdoors
Minnwest Bank
Old National Bank - Eagan
SKB Environmental
Xcel Energy
Weber Johnson
Restaurant Revitalization Fund
The Restaurant Revitalization Fund was established to assist businesses where the public assembles for the primary purpose of being served food or drink including restaurants, bars, bakeries, breweries, wineries, distilleries, etc.

Check out the links below for more information about the Restaurant Revitalization Fund:
Rosemount State of the City
Join Mayor Bill Droste on Thursday, May 13, 2021, from 8:00-9:15 AM, as he delivers the Rosemount State of the City.

Mayor Droste will review the highs and lows of 2020, and the exciting vision of what’s to come as Rosemount continues to grow and develop into a vibrant community to live and do business in. We are thrilled to announce that a limited amount of guests will be welcomed, in person, at the Rosemount Community Center. Guests will enjoy a catered breakfast and socially distanced seating, for a fun and safe event.

Register to attend the 2021 Rosemount State of the City in-person HERE. Registration is limited to 50 attendees to ensure COVID-19 protocols are maintained.
Thank you to our City of Rosemount State of the City Sponsor
Mendota Heights State of the City
Please join Mayor Stephanie Levine as she presents the 2021 State of the City address for Mendota Heights. Mayor Levine will review 2020, and outline the City's plans looking ahead throughout 2021.

This event will be LIVE in the Mendota Heights City Council Chambers—1101 Victoria Curve. For people wishing to attend in person, doors will open at 4:30 p.m., with the State of the City presentation to begin at 5 p.m. The presentation will be followed by time for questions and answers. It will conclude promptly at 5:45 p.m., so as to allow sufficient time to changeover the Council Chambers to the regular City Council meeting, which begins at 6 p.m.

Because of current social distancing restrictions, seating in the Council Chambers will be limited. We ask that people planning to attend in person to RSVP to City Hall by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12. Seats will be available on a first come, first served basis.

If you can't join us in person, you can watch it live via NDC4/Town Square Television webstreaming, or view on Comcast Channel 18.
Public Affairs Webinar: Leadership of the Minnesota State Legislature Recap
The DCR Chamber held our May Public Affairs Webinar Series on Friday, May 7, 2021. We were lucky to have leaders from the Minnesota State Legislature including Senator Zach Duckworth, MN Senate Assistant Majority Leader, Senator Melisa Franzen, MN Senate Assistant Minority Leader, Rep. Anne Neu Brindley, MN House Deputy Minority Leader, and Rep. Kaohly Vang Her, MN House Majority Whip.

Topics such as 2021 Legislative Session, tax conformity, capital investment, transit/transportation funding, workplace mandates, and other business issues were discussed during between our guest's from the Minnesota State Legislature. If you were unable to watch the May Public Affairs Webinar live, you can watch a replay oft the event below.
Thank you to our Public Affairs Webinar Sponsors
2021 Employers of Excellence Virtual Awards
Join the Dakota-Scott Workforce Development Board as they celebrate and recognize 10 area businesses from Dakota County and Scott County. This Zoom webinar will be held on Thursday, May 13, 2021, from 8:00-9:30am. You will also hear from Representative Angie Craig and Erik Therwanger, author of "Leading thru Chaos," Learn more about this great event HERE.
Comcast Opens Store in West St. Paul
Leaders in Local Government Awards
Comcast is pleased to announce that we have opened a new Xfinity Store conveniently located at 2037 S Robert St., Suite 200, West St. Paul, Minnesota. The Xfinity Store will be open Monday through Saturday from 10:00am– 8:00pm and Sunday from 11:00am–6:00pm. 
The Xfinity Store is designed entirely around the needs of our customers and will provide an opportunity to explore, learn about and interact directly with the latest Xfinity products and services. Featuring fully-interactive touchscreen displays, the environment enables customers to learn about products and indulge in the complete Xfinity Experience.
PPP Loan Forgiveness Webinar
Open to Business will be hosting a free webinar on Tuesday, May 18, from 9:00-10:00am, focused on PPP loan forgiveness. This free event is for businesses looking for guidance on the PPP loan forgiveness process. Space is limited so that all attendees may interact with the panel. Learn more and register HERE.
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