August 31, 2020
Be Part of the DCR Chamber Dakota County Transit Opportunities Study Presentation

Dakota County businesses have identified a need for better transit service to serve employees and customers. The Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce and East Metro Strong has initiated a study to identify countywide opportunities for transit in Dakota County and discuss the benefits of expanded transit.    
Please join the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce (DCRC), East Metro Strong, and our consultant, Christof Spieler of Huitt-Zollars, to hear about their findings and recommendations on the future of transit in Dakota County.  
Christof Spieler,
Vice President and Director of Planning,
Maureen Scallen Failor,
Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce
Will Schroeer,
Executive Director,
East Metro Strong

Join us For The Leaders in Local Government Awards

The Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce and East Metro Chamber partners will host the annual Leaders in Local Government Awards Ceremony on Thursday, September 17, 2020.

Join us as we honor five organizations and an Elected Official of Note in the East Metro who exemplify and demonstrate innovation, excellence, and success in local government. Nominees will be selected based on the contributions with respect to innovative initiatives and public policies that advance the public good and demonstrate a commitment to efficient and progressive government.

  • Keynote Speaker: Senator Norm Coleman
  • The 2020 Leaders in Local Government Award: finalists will be announced on September 1, 2020.

Register HERE
Critical Issues: The Future of MSP Airport and Air Travel

Join the DCR Chamber virtually Wednesday, September 16, 2020, for our Critical Issues: The Future of MSP Airport and Air Travel program. Brian Ryks, CEO and Executive Director for the Metropolitan Airports Commission, offers an update on the upgrades and enhancements currently underway at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. He will also elaborate on the 1.7 billion dollar Capital Improvement Program that the Metropolitan Airports Commission is currently engaged in.

We will also hear from Jeff Davidman, VP, State, and Local Government Affairs, Delta Airlines who will discuss Delta's current plans for the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport and the business partnerships that Delta is involved in. 

Thank you SPIRE Credit Union for being the presenting sponsor of Critical Issues: The Future of MSP Airport and Air Travel. To learn more about the Critical Issues program or to register, visit HERE
Brian Ryks, CEO and Executive Director
Metropolitan Airports Commission
Jeff Davidman, VP State and Local Government Affairs
Delta Airlines
Two Exclusive Hole Sponsorships Left!

Limited Foursome and Individual Spots Available -Don't Delay

Time is running out to be part of the 2020 DCR Chamber Golf Classic. A popular event among our businesses, the DCR Chamber Golf Classic promises to be a day of relaxation, priceless networking, and friendly competition! Held at Mendakota Country Club, one of the finest golf courses in Dakota County, the event is a perfect opportunity to get out from behind your desk and connect with the community. 

This signature event raises funds for the DCR Chamber's Charitable Foundation which supports our programming, community outreach, and regional initiatives. A portion of the proceeds from raffle ticket sales will be allocated to the foundation.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the DCR Chamber Golf Classic please contact Diane Mavis, Director of Programs and Events,
Kick-Off Your Morning Networking With The DCR Chamber and Key Community Bank

Start your morning off right Thursday, September 10, from 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM, outdoor at Key Community Bank in Inver Grove Heights, 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
360 Communities Looking for Volunteers

360 Communities needs volunteers at both Rosemount and Burnsville Resource Centers/Food Shelves in the coming weeks. With college students going back to school, high school activities starting back up, and teachers going back to work, the number of volunteers has significantly dropped. If you are healthy and have time, please consider supporting your community and volunteering at 360 Communities.

Sign up to volunteer:

Allina Health and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Commit to Landmark Value-Based Contract in Minnesota

Following more than a year of collaboration and planning, Allina Health and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota announced a six-year, value-based payment agreement between the two organizations, which collectively serve a significant percentage of Minnesotans. The agreement is designed to provide enhanced value for Blue Cross members while fostering even more high-quality care and healthy outcomes that Allina Health is well-known for across the state. Learn more about this new payment model HERE.
Dakota County Technical College and Inver Hills Community College Announce Back-to-Campus Preparedness Plan

DCTC and IHCC worked through many unknowns to shape the 2020 fall semester. The semester started Aug. 24, and will welcome students back with an abundance of excitement and caution given COVID-19 health and safety concerns. The schools have taken time to listen to concerns and developed detailed Back-to-Campus Preparedness Plans for each college. Those plans were prepared with on-going guidance from Minnesota Department of Health and the Governor’s Office. The DCTC and IHCC plans will continue to be updated as new recommendations and information becomes available. Read full plans HERE

Looking to Hire? Use These Resources to Help You Find the Right Candidate

  • Minnesota Works – This is the State’s website.  65,000+ jobs are posted and there are 22,000+ “active resumes”. The site is free for both employers and job seekers.   Employers need to register. But once they have their account they can take a look at resumes.

  • Career Force MN - has a ton of resources for employers. It just launched last year. It has info on writing inclusive job descriptions.

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Partners With Businesses Offering Training Opportunities

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) partners with Minnesota businesses to support workers and encourage job seekers to develop skills they need to advance in their careers. DEED works with Minnesota Jobs Skills Partnership (MJSP). MJSP brings together businesses, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations to train or retrain workers, expand work opportunities and keep high-quality jobs in the state. The program focuses on short-term training for full-time employment in growth sectors of Minnesota's economy. To learn more about DEED and the training opportunities they provide, visit HERE

Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Health, and Labor & Industry to Increase Compliance Checks at Bars and Restaurants.

Minnesota businesses are required to follow federal and state guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety and health of their employees and their customers. Most establishments are following federal and state guidelines, but it makes it difficult for them to compete or to explain to their customers when other establishments are not in compliance.

Minnesota public safety and health officials will conduct increased compliance checks at bars and restaurants throughout Minnesota in the coming weeks, beginning August 28. Teams from the Minnesota Departments of Public Safety (DPS), Health (MDH) and Labor and Industry (DLI) will visit multiple establishments each weekend. These visits will focus on compliance with Executive Order 20-74, Executive Order 20-54 and Executive Order 20-81, which promote public health and address worker safety and health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn about the new compliance checks HERE
Networking at its Best
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Tuesday, September 10, 2020
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
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