June 15, 2020
DCR Chamber of Commerce is Minnesota Ready to Get Back to Work
Dear DCR Chamber of Commerce Members,
For nearly 100 days, many of our local businesses have been shuttered due to COVID-19. Workers have been furloughed, supply chains disrupted, and community engagement lost. Your Chamber has worked tirelessly to identify resources, answer questions, facilitate discussions and advocate on your behalf to safely open again. This week we call on Governor Walz to take the final step and safely reopen all businesses no later than June 19, 2020.
Minnesota is ready. We know you are ready. You have safely prepared your facility with best practices, safeguarding your employees and customers. For those of you who are already safely serving customers, adding capacity would help cover costs of staff, supplies, or make it more economically viable to bring all employees back to work.
As members of the Chamber we ask you to step forward and join us by calling upon the Governor to safely reopen all businesses no later than June 19. We are Minnesota Ready.

  1. Submit letter to Governor Walz and legislators.
  2. Submit a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.
  3. Visit your business neighbors and ask them to join you in these efforts.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call me or email me at mscallenfailor@dcrchamber.com . I would be happy to assist in any way I can.
Maureen Scallen Failor, President
Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce
DCR Chamber of Commerce ranked #9 on "The List" According to Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

The Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce has been ranked the #9 largest chamber of commerce in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal 's 'The List 2020'. This is the second year in a row that the DCR Chamber of Commerce has been ranked the #9 largest chamber of commerce in the state of Minnesota. Thank you to all members and community partners for being part of the DCR Chamber of Commerce and allowing us to be your conduit, connector, and conveyor for all your business needs.
The Future of Sporting Events with Michael Vekich

Join us Friday, June 19 from 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM for a FREE Webinar featuring Michael Vekich, Chair of Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, the governing board that oversees U.S. Bank Stadium.

Michael will share insights on the future of live events while navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. Join us to learn more about how the MSFA and U.S. Bank Stadium are operating behind-the-scenes during this pause from live events and how they’re preparing to host events when it is safe to gather again. This discussion will highlight the effects of the pandemic on guest and employee safety, business interruption, technology, and the return of live events.

Learn more or Register HERE

If you have questions contact Diane Mavis, Director of Programs & Events, at dmavis@dcrchamber.com
Business Support Series: Rebrand, Redefine, Reengage Your Customers

Our first Business Support Series Webinar: Rebrand, Redefine, Reengage Your Customers, was held on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Maureen Bausch, CEO, Bold North Associates, spoke to our members about the “new normal” and offered key steps to reengage your customers. 
We want to acknowledge our sponsors Spire Credit Union, Key Community Bank, Keiser Kisting Logistics, MV Eagan Ventures for your continued support of the DCR Chamber.
Independent School District #197 Construction Update
On May 8, 2018, residents voted to allow West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area Schools (District 197) to issue building bonds for additions, renovations, and repairs at all elementary and middle schools and the high school. The cost of the total project is $117 million dollars and will be completed in the fall of 2021. The project includes:
  • Conduct building and mechanical maintenance 
  • Modernize outdated classrooms and educational spaces
  • Improve fine arts and athletics spaces
  • Address handicapped accessibility and parking lot safety
Members of the School board, School Superintendent Peter OlsonSkog , Mendota Heights City Administrator Mark O’Neil, and DCR President Maureen Scallen Failor toured the various schools on Friday, June 5, 2020.
Dakota County Breaks Ground on New SMART Center

On Monday, June 8, 2020 Dakota County broke ground on it's new Safety and Mental Health Alternative Response Training (SMART) Center in Inver Grove Heights. The SMART Center will provide crisis intervention training for first responders in Dakota County. From fostering skills like de-escalation to the best methods to interact with individuals experiencing a mental health crisis, the SMART Center will allow first responders to get the appropriate training needed to responsibly serve Dakota County.
Comcast Announces Donation to Support Minneapolis and St. Paul Community Relief and Rebuilding Efforts

Comcast has  announced a comprehensive, multi-year, company-wide plan  to allocate $100 million to fight injustice and inequality against any race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation or ability. There will be $75 million in cash and $25 million in media that will be distributed over the next three years, in addition to the existing commitments our company currently makes to thousands of organizations supporting underrepresented communities. As part of this announcement, Comcast will be immediately allocating a $500,000 cash and in-kind contribution to support the relief and rebuilding efforts in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Learn more HERE
Networking   at its  Best
Registration is Required
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Renewed Members
Ayars & Ayars, Inc . - 7 years
Drake Bank - 1 year

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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