May 17, 2021
Governor Tim Walz Lifts Mask Mandate as CDC Updates Guidelines For People With Vaccines
On Thursday, May 13, 2021, Governor Tim Walz announced that he will be lifting the mask mandate for Minnesota starting Friday, May 14, 2021. This new Executive Order comes after the Centers for Disease Control announced new guidelines for people who have received the COVID-19 vaccination. These new guidelines will allow people to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings. Check out the links below for more information.

  • Read Governor Tim Walz Executive Order HERE
  • Learn about the new CDC guidelines HERE
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Your Input is Needed - Please Take the Return to Work Post COVID-19 Survey
With the latest announcement from the CDC and Governor Walz regarding COVID-19 policies, employers are starting to consider the option of returning to the office and what that will look like.

The Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce is conducting a survey for employers to understand how they feel about returning to the office post COVID-19 and what information would benefit them in accomplishing this task. The results of the survey will be used to determine what information employers are seeking and how we can assist them with this process.

The objective of the survey will be used to determine:
·       How employers feel about returning to in-person employment
·       What steps employers have already taken to return to the office
·       How we can assist employers with returning to in-person workforces

Please complete this survey by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.
Registration Open for DCR Chamber Golf Classic
A popular event among our businesses, the 15th Annual Dakota County Regional Chamber Golf Classic is a day of networking, entertainment, and friendly competition! Returning to 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 computer and connect with the best businesses in the community. 

Register TODAY! This event will sell out!
Mendota Heights State of the City
Mayor Stephanie Levine will present 2021 State of the City address for Mendota Heights on Tuesday, May 18 from 5:00-5:45 PM. Mayor Levine will review 2020, and outline the City’s plans looking ahead throughout 2021.
Registration for the live portion of the event is already closed. You can watch the Mendota Heights State of the City live via NDC4/Town Square Television webstreaming or view on Comcast Channel 18.
Ribbon Cutting at Enhance MD Body & Skin Clinic
Join us Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at 4:30 pm for a Ribbon Cutting at Enhance MD Body & Skin Clinic as we welcome them into the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Enhance MD Body & Skin Clinic is located on 5565 Blaine Ave E Suite 250, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076. Face masks are required, social distancing expected.
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 crime 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.
Eagan State of the City
Join the DCR Chamber and 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.
Rosemount State of the City Recap
The Rosemount State of the City happened on Thursday, May 13 at the Rosemount Community Center. Mayor Droste gave a review of 2020 and looked at the highs and lows that happened around the city. In addition Mayor Droste shared the exciting vision of what’s to come as Rosemount continues to grow and develop into a vibrant community to live and do business in.

If you were unable to attend this year's Rosemount State of the City, you can watch a recording of the event below.
Thank you to our City of Rosemount State of the City Sponsor
Check Out the 2021 Twin Cities Auto Show
The Twin Cities Auto Show is taking place May 15-23, 2021. This year's Auto Show will be located at the State Fair Grounds. State Fair food will be available on site and parking is FREE! 2021 is going to be the biggest, boldest and best Twin Cities Auto Show yet. Learn more about the Twin Cities Auto Show HERE.
What do the Suez Canal And The TCMC Second Train Have in
The TCMC Second Train will fix freight rail bottlenecks, save freight shippers $34 million dollars, AND expand passenger rail service. The Minnesota Legislature can make this project a reality. Watch this video to learn more, then please share your opinion with your legislators by visiting the Great River Rail Commission Take Action page.
Statement from the City of Eagan Regarding Minnesota’s Mask Mandate
City of Eagan
There currently are no additional mask requirements in the City of Eagan, and the City will continue to adhere to state and CDC guidelines. The City of Eagan encourages those who live, work, or play in Eagan to continue to adhere to state and CDC health guidelines.
PPP Loan Forgiveness Webinar
Open to Business will be hosting a free webinar on Tuesday, May 18 from 9:00-10:00am, focused on PPP loan forgiveness. This free event is for businesses looking for guidance on the PPP loan forgiveness process. Space is limited so that all attendees may interact with the panel. Learn more and register 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
Virtual Event
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
New Members

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For more information on becoming a member, please email Laura Roehl, Director of Marketing & Partnerships, at or 651-414-6500.
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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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