September 14, 2020
Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce, East Metro Strong, and Huitt-Zollars Release Transit Study Findings.

On Wednesday, September 9, 2020, the DCR Chamber, East Metro Strong, Huitt-Zollars, and prominent Dakota County businesses released their Dakota County transit study findings and recommendations. This study focused on what transit services need to be addressed for Dakota County employers, customers, and residents.

The DCR Chamber identified better public transit as the top policy priority in a survey sent out to over 600 members in 2019. This survey prompted the DCR Chamber to start the process of figuring out how transit in Dakota County needs to improve. Through the year-long process the DCR Chamber and its partners identified Dakota County's transit needs, the opportunities for providing better transit service to people and employers in Dakota County, and the next step for Dakota County and its partners.

Below you can find a link to the executive summary of how the transit study transpired and the findings. There are also links to the news outlets that covered our transit findings. If you are interested in viewing the detailed 100 page transit service and opportunities report, please contact us at

  • Executive Summary HERE
  • Finance & Commerce Article HERE
  • Mass Transit Article HERE
  • Star Tribune Article HERE
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City of Eagan Offering Small Business Grants For Businesses Located in Eagan
The City of Eagan is working on offering a small business grant program for businesses that were too large to qualify for the recent Dakota County CARES Small Business Relief Grant Program. As proposed, the City would provide grants of up to $20,000 to Eagan businesses with 51-100 equivalent full-time employees. Businesses must have a physical location in Eagan and demonstrate financial hardship due to COVID-19. 

As proposed, the City would review applications on a first-come, first-served basis from Monday, September 21, 2020, until Friday, October 2, 2020, or until grant funds are depleted, whichever comes first. If approved at Tuesday’s meeting, additional information will likely be posted on the City’s website on Wednesday, September 16, 2020. Check out the Eagan city council agenda, process, and grant guidelines below.

Last Call for 2020 DCR Chamber Golf Classic Registration, Limited Availability

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. Tuesday, September 15, 2020 is the last day to register for this event.

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,
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
DCR Chamber Hosting 2020 Election Candidate Forums for Five Races

The Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Velocity Public Affairs, will be hosting five election forums starting in late September. The DCR Chamber will be hosting a forum for the Dakota County Board of Commissioners/District 3, Minnesota House of Representatives 51B, Minnesota Senate District 58, City of Farmington Mayoral Race, and Minnesota Second’s Congressional District 2 races.

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 Nominations 

  • Business Retention and Expansion:
  • City of Rosemount
  • Saint Paul Port Authority

  • Communications & Marketing:
  • Ramsey County
  • Saint Paul/Ramsey County Public Health Incident Command Public Information Communications Team
  • Saint Paul Port Authority

  • Innovation:
  • Dakota County Community Development Agency
  • Metro Transit Police Department Homeless Action Team
  • Ramsey County Workforce Solutions and Saint Paul Public Library

  • Planning, Land Use and Public Works:
  • City of Shoreview
  • Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy

  • Public Safety:
  • Maplewood Fire Department
  • Maplewood Police Department
  • South St. Paul, West St. Paul and Dakota County

  • Elected Official of Note Award:
  • Dakota County Commissioner Thomas Egan

Register HERE
Key Community Bank Hosting Shred Event Thursday, September 17

Key Community Bank will be hosting a free shred event at their location in Inver Grove Heights, Thursday, September 17, 2020, from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Bring your old documents for free secure shredding provided by Pioneer Secure Shredding. Neza Taco Truck will also be providing one free taco per person.

Rasmussen College Hosting Virtual Career Fair

Rasmussen College will be hosting a virtual career fair Tuesday, September 29, 2020, from 11 AM - 4 PM. The virtual career fair allows job seekers to participate online anytime, anywhere, and have the opportunity to learn more about industries from an expert in the field. Job seekers will also have the opportunity to chat with hiring managers and recruiters from local, national, and regional employers. Additionally, job seekers can apply for open positions and attend live career-focused webinars. This event is open to all Rasmussen College students, alumni, and community members at no cost! Learn more and register HERE.
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