May 24, 2021
2021 Legislative Session Comes to an End, But Policy Issues Still Loom in Special Session
On Monday, May 17, Governor Tim Walz and legislative leaders announced that they had reached a deal on a bipartisan budget. The budget agreement is for the fiscal year 2022-2023 budget. It will cover the two-year period beginning July 1, 2021, and ending June 30, 2023.

Deadlines have been set for the working committee to wrap up exact dollar amounts by May 28 and final language by June 4. The total two-year budget is roughly $51 billion, a combination of state and one-time federal stimulus money.

While the regular legislative session has adjourned, there is still a lot of work to be done. House and Senate working groups – informal conference committees, will begin meeting to continue working out the differences in budget bills on matters of both finance and policy. Since the Legislature is not technically in session, they do not have official bills to work from, but they will use the legislation passed during the regular session. We can expect a the first special session of 2021 to convene on June 14th if not sooner. 

You can learn more about the policy decisions that need to be made at our June Public Affairs Webinar on Friday, June 4 from 8:00-9:00 AM. Join the DCR Chamber of Commerce and Dakota County Legislative Delegation members as we discuss the policy obstacles in the way of ending the special session. Learn more and register for the June Public Affairs Webinar HERE.
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Enhance MD Body & Skin Clinic Opens in Inver Grove Heights
On Wednesday, May 19, 2021, Enhance MD Body and Skin Clinic opened up their new facility in Inver Grove Heights. Enhance MD brings their clients the finest in body contouringaesthetic medicine, and skin care - because they believe in enhancing what is so beautiful about you. Dr. Rosario and her team of medical estheticians are very excited to serve you at their new clinic off Blaine Avenue in Inver Grove Heights. Learn more about Enhance MD Body and Skin Clinic HERE.
DCR Chamber of Commerce Hiring!
The Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce is now hiring a Communications Coordinator. We are looking for a fun, experienced individual to join our team. This is a great opportunity for college graduates or young professionals getting started in the Communications/Marketing field.

Learn more about the Communications Coordinator position HERE
Join the DCR Chamber For A Walking Gangster Tour Coffee Break
Join the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce and CynCity Tours on Tuesday, May 25 from 9:00-10:00 AM for a special networking tour.

The nation’s most infamous criminals spent time in Minnesota in the 1930’s, thanks to a system that welcomed gangsters in Saint Paul…as long as they didn’t commit crimes within the city limits. CynCity gangster guides share stories of John Dillinger, Alvin Karpis, Fred Barker and others, who enjoyed the protection from within the city.

This special one-hour walking tour has been put together especially for the DCR Chamber members and should not be missed.
Join us for Virtual Meet the Chamber
The Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce is the influential regional voice that champions promotion and improvement of the business environment, cultivating vibrant regional and local communities. With over 600 members, the DCR Chamber is one of the largest chambers in the State of Minnesota. Membership with the DCR Chamber provides businesses, nonprofits, and community partners regional access, exposure, advocacy, connections, and resources!
Register for our Virtual "Meet the Chamber" on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, from 9:00-10:00 AM to learn more about the Dakota County Regional Chamber, our regional initiatives, and how to make the most out of your membership! Once you register, you will receive a link to register for the online Zoom meeting.

For more information on our Virtual "Meet the Chamber" event, please contact Heather Proskey, Director of Events, at
Thank you to our Meet the Chamber Sponsor
Eagan State of the City
Join the DCR Chamber and the City of Eagan on Thursday, May 27 from 8:00-9:00 AM for the 2021 Eagan State of the City. Mayor Maguire will share that Eagan continues to be a successful city, and a strong community because of our community’s resiliency and how the city adjusted, including services, programs, and policies to help maintain essential services, and help our community move forward through the pandemic. Registration is required and limited.
West St. Paul State of the City
Last week the city of West St. Paul held their State of the City via Town Square TV. Mayor Dave Napier reflected on how West St. Paul adapted to COVID-19 in 2020. He also spoke about future projects around the city and outlined the infrastructure and construction that is happening all around West St. Paul. If you were unable to see the West St. Paul State of the City, you can watch a replay HERE.
Dakota Electric Association Named Employer of Excellence
Dakota Electric Association, Farmington, was named as on of the area's Employers of Excellence on May 13th. The Dakota-Scott Workforce Development Board recognized 10 area organizations as Employers of Excellence for their employee retention, compensation, and training practices. The Workforce Development Board wanted to recognize wanted to recognize some of the best employers in Dakota and Scott counties and provide vital information to companies about the practices they use to attract and retain employees. Congratulations, Dakota Electric Association!
Dakota County Volunteer Fair
Local organizations in collaboration with Inver Hill Community College is offering a variety of opportunities to make a positive impact in our vibrant communities, and the potential to engage with others with similar interests. Volunteering shares your talents, develops new skills, expands resources and services, raises awareness of social needs, connects communities, and builds friendships. Whether you are looking for one-time, ongoing, project-based or seasonal; for individuals, families or groups (businesses, churches, civic organizations, schools, etc.) in person or remote from home, there is a role for you to contribute to making a difference in your community.

Check out these local organizations that are currently seeking new volunteers! Learn more HERE
Rosemount Seeks to Create Connections for Growth
The city of Rosemount has seen steady growth for several years, specifically in the areas of population and housing. A recently unveiled Commercial Visioning Study aims to broaden that growth to include business and commercial development that will help connect Rosemount residents with more opportunities to shop and obtain services in their hometown, provide jobs, and help to expand the tax base.  Learn more about the Commercial Visioning Study HERE.
Networking at its Best
Registration is Required

Check out all the upcoming DCR Chamber events on the DCR Chamber of Commerce Online Calendar. Visit HERE
Friday, June 4, 2021 - 8:00 - 9:00AM
Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 8:00 - 9:00AM
Monday, July 12, 2021 - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
New Members
2905 Country Drive
Little Canada, MN, 55117
(651) 427-9126
5985 193rd Street West
Farmington, MN, 55024
(952) 221-6723
11979 County Road 11
Burnsville, MN, 55337
(952) 814-4800
3432 Denmark Ave
Eagan, MN, 55123
(651) 687-0570
For more information on becoming a member, please email Laura Roehl, Director of Marketing & Partnerships, at or 651-414-6500.
Renewed Members

Oasis Senior Advisors – 3 years
WBD Inc – 1 year

If you have any questions or concerns about your membership renewal, please contact Anna Schueler at or call 651-288-9204.
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