April 12, 2021
10th Annual WomEn's Leadership Forum Breaks the Glass Ceiling!
Our 10th Annual WomEn's Leadership Forum took place Friday, April 9, at the Radisson Blu Mall of America in Bloomington. This event was the DCR Chambers first large gathering since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was great to see our members and partners face-to-face for the first time in over a year, while celebrating and championing all women in the workplace.

The DCR Chamber of Commerce would like to acknowledge all of our sponsors, speakers, award recipients, and marketplace vendors who contributed in making the 10th Annual WomEn Leadership Forum a huge success. Without your support for the DCR Chamber of Commerce events like this would not be possible. A special thank you to Roshini Rajkumar for emceeing the 10th Annual WomEn's Leadership Forum; and also to the Radisson Blu Mall of America for creating a safe environment for our in-person attendees to gather.
Thank you Rodel Q. Photography for capturing the WomEn's Leadership Forum. Check out all the great photos of the WomEn's Leadership Forum HERE.

Thank you also to Townsquare TV for highlighting our fantastic scholarship award winners. Check out the awesome video HERE.
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Save the Date for the DCR Chamber Golf Classic
The DCR Chamber of Commerce will once again be hosting it's Golf Classic at Mendakota Country Club in Mendota Heights. A popular event among our members, the DCR Chamber Golf Classic promises to be a day of relaxation, priceless networking, and friendly competition! MARK YOUR CALENDAR for Monday, July 12, 2021.
Held at one of the most beautiful golf courses in Dakota County at Mendakota Country Club the event is a perfect opportunity to get out from behind your desk and connect with the community. 
Look out for more information regarding the DCR Chamber Golf Classic in the weeks ahead. If you have any questions please contact Heather Proskey, Director of Events and Member Relations, at hproskey@dcrchamber.com
Critical Issues Forum: Recovering, Reimaging, and Rebuilding

Join the DCR Chamber of Commerce as we continue our Critical Issues Forum series on Thursday, April 22, 2021, from 11:00AM - 12:00PM. COVID-19 has magnified the inequities that exist in all aspects of society. From education, to the economy, to the digital divide, our communities are being impacted in ways we couldn’t have imagined. Please join us to hear from Dr. Laura Kalambokidis, Minnesota’s State Economist, and Susan Brower, State Demographer, for a discussion on these critical issues currently facing the state and Dakota County communities.
Dr. Laura Kalambokidis is Minnesota's State Economist, heading up the Economic Analysis unit at MMB, which is responsible for producing and presenting the state's revenue and economic forecasts, and had held the position since 2013.

Susan Brower is the Minnesota State Demographer and directs the MN State Demographic Center since February 2012. Susan's work applies an understanding of demographic trends to changes in a range of areas including the state's economy and workforce, education, health, immigration and rural population changes.
Dr. Laura Kalambokidis
Minnesota State Economist
Susan Brower 
Minnesota State Demographer
Register HERE
Thank you to our Critical Issues Forum Sponsor
Virtual Town Forums - TCMC Second Train - What’s in it for the Twin Cities?
More than 10 million trips are taken between the Twin Cities and Chicago each year. More than 100,000 of those trips are on Amtrak, but there’s only one train per day, and it’s usually full. Adding a second train will benefit companies that ship by freight rail, the tourism industry, and, of course, travelers.

Learn more at the next Virtual Forum, April 22 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., sponsored by the Great River Rail Commission and co-hosted by the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Minneapolis Regional Chamber.

Who should attend:
  • Business leaders whose companies ship or receive product by freight rail
  • Leaders in the tourism industry (hotels, restaurants, events, attractions)
  • College or university officials
  • People who like to travel
  • College students

All meetings will be hosted via Zoom video conferencing and will feature representatives from each area. Learn more HERE
Farmington State of the City
Farmington Mayor Joshua Hoyt will be giving his first State of the City address since his election to mayor in 2020. This virtual State of the City will take place Thursday, April 29, 2021.

Mayor Hoyt will provide updates on what the city has accomplished in the last year along with what to look forward to in 2021. Mayor Hoyt is looking forward to celebrating Farmington businesses in his presentation and all they have accomplished in the last year as well. This event is not open to the public but please join us in watching it live online!

Learn more about the 2021 Farmington State of the City HERE.
Vendors Wanted for Rambling River Center’s Arts and Craft Fair
Farmington, Minn., April 5, 2021 – The Rambling River Center’s Arts and Craft Fair is looking for vendors. The event is Saturday, May 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Schmitz Maki Arena, 114 Spruce St. All items are to be handmade by the artist or crafter. The number of vendors will be limited in each category such as jewelry, crochet, etc. This is to provide a variety of items for our customers and ensure the best sales possible for the vendors. No wholesale or direct sale items are allowed. A vendor who is a center member and wants a 10 x 6 foot space with no table is $25 and for non-members the fee is $35. For a space with an 8 foot table, the fee for center members is $35 and the fee for non-members is $45. Chairs are not provided and no refunds will be issued after Monday, April 12. Learn more HERE
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Tuesday, April 27, 2021
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