September 21, 2020
Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, DCR Chamber, and Other East Metro Chambers Announce Leader in Local Government Award Winners
On Thursday, September 17, 2020, the Saint Paul Chamber of Commerce, DCR Chamber of Commerce and other local chambers presented the 2020 Leaders in Local Government Awards. The Leader in Local Government Awards honor the people and organizations who exemplify innovation, excellence, and success in local government.

This years award winners are:

  • Business Retention and Expansion: City of Rosemount
  • Communications & Marketing: Saint Paul Port Authority
  • Innovation: Metro Transit Police Department Homeless Action Team
  • Planning, Land Use and Public Works: City of Vadnais Heights
  • Public Safety: Maplewood Police Department
  • Elected Official of Note Award: Dakota County Commissioner Thomas Egan

Big congratulations to the City of Rosemount and Dakota County Commissioner Thomas Egan, both have been long standing partners and supporters of the DCR Chamber of Commerce.
The City of Rosemount Economic Development department has been an asset to the city, with efforts such as hiring an additional staff member, sharing creative posts on social media regarding the city and promoting local businesses. The City of Rosemount also created the Rosemount CARES grant program and allocated $500,000 towards it, which provided $10,000 grants for small businesses affected by COVID. They also developed branded marketing materials and templates, which were a big help to the business community.
Thomas Egan represents residents in the cities of Eagan, Lilydale, Mendota and Mendota Heights. Egan spent more than 35 years as a practicing attorney and has been instrumental in governing the city of Eagan for more than two decades as mayor and city councilmember from 1978–1998. Egan’s participation in local government continued as he served on the Metropolitan Council during the Ventura and Pawlenty administrations from 2002–2004. Just one year later, Egan became Dakota County commissioner for District 3 and has held the seat ever since.
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City of Eagan Launches Additional CARES Business and Nonprofit Grant Program
The City of Eagan is launching a CARES Business and Nonprofit Grant Program available for Eagan businesses of 51-100 employees and Eagan based nonprofits. The City will use CARES Act funds to assist businesses and non-profits that have suffered financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants of up to $20,000 for businesses and $25,000 for nonprofits will help cover payroll, rent, mortgage payments, utility bills, and other operational expenses since March 1, 2020.

Applications for grants will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis starting on Monday, September 21, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. and will be open until Friday, October 2, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

The business and nonprofit application forms will become available on Monday, September 21, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. To find out if your business qualifies and for more information on the grant program visit HERE
Can't Golf at the DCR Chamber Golf Classic? Join us for the 19th Hole Happy Hour

Can't make the 2020 DCR Chamber Golf Classic? Join us in the afternoon on the 19th hole for a networking happy hour and raffle. Our raffle raises funds for the DCR Chamber Charitable Foundation which supports programming, community outreach, and regional initiatives. A portion of the proceeds from raffle ticket sales will be allocated to the foundation.

We have AWESOME raffle items and we can’t wait to see who gets to go home with them! We’re talking overnight hotel packages, a Minnesota Vikings autographed football, Mall of America basket valued at over $450, the list goes on! One ticket is $5, or 5 tickets for $20. You do not need to be present to win. Just make sure to write your name and number on the back of your ticket! 

If you have any questions about the DCR Chamber Golf Classic please contact Diane
Mavis, Director of Programs and Events,

Register for the 19th Hole Happy Hour HERE
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 In Celebrating the Grand Opening of Hope Fieldhouse's New Facility

Join the DCR Chamber and Hope Fieldhouse Friday, September 25, 2020, from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM for the ribbon cutting ceremony of Hope Fieldhouse's new facility in Rosemount. After the ribbon cutting Hope Fieldhouse staff will be giving tours of their new facility as well.

Learn more about this ribbon cutting event HERE
Host a Coffee Break With the DCR Chamber of Commerce

The DCR Chamber has several dates for the remainder of the year to host a Coffee Break at your place of business (with COVID-19 protocol) or virtually on the second Thursday and fourth Tuesday. Coffee Break is a beautiful way to showcase your business, highlight your products or services, and meet your fellow DCR Chamber members. These events are an hour of pure networking.  
If you are interested or have any questions about hosting a Coffee Break, please contact Diane Mavis, Director of Programs and Events,
Comcast Business Hosting Free Webinar on Building a Modern Workplace

In a market now defined by digital experiences, companies are more reliant than ever on technology and tools to connect with customers. But tech is just the enabler. The true digital transformation happens within the organizations with the employees. Employees that are properly equipped and empowered innovate more through collaboration, have fewer internal roadblocks, and build better customer relationships. They radiate company culture and connect with customers less on products and services, and more on shared solutions. This is the customer experience you need and the one your employees want to give. Learn more or register for this webinar HERE

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.
City of Eagan Hosting Restaurant Week September 21 - 27

During September 21-27, 2020, enjoy special menus to get a taste of what makes Eagan restaurants so popular and delicious. The City of Eagan and Enjoy Eagan will be giving away daily $25 dining gift cards and one grand prize $250 gift card to Kyndred Hearth at the Omni Viking Lakes featuring celebrity chef, Ann Kim! For more details on the giveaway and list of participating restaurants visit HERE 
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Wednesday, September 30, 2020
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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