Apple Slices chamber news
Tuesday March 17th, 2020
UPDATES FROM YOUR CHAMBER & CITY
A Note from Chamber President Ed Kearney
The proverbial “national economy” just became personal and “local” for us all. The strength of our families, our businesses and our community all rely upon our collective HEALTH of both our families and our jobs. Please know your CHAMBER is working daily with the CITY of APPLE VALLEY, OUR 5 SOUTH OF THE RIVER CHAMBER PARTNERS, the COUNTY and MINNESOTA CHAMBER to communicate, advocate and take action wherever necessary.  
 
As you strategize within, trust that we are at the table and the forefront making sure that emergency decisions will actually solve the problems. We want decision makers to make the tough decisions while keeping them sensitive to the survival of your businesses and jobs. We will continue to communicate resources to assist your business where needed.
  
Some of our larger employers we know we are in touch with are encouraging working from home even with kids present, adjusting upward their sick leave policies and even delivering work to homes if a worker is not feeling well or someone in their family is ill and very creative shift changes and work practices. 

BANKS are encouraging businesses to contact them early (or now) with their anticipated needs and to not wait. Several just today are closing their lobbies so call your institution right away. They will do all in their power to get you through this with great flexibility. We have great Chamber members who are ALL COMMUNITY LEADERS as seen through your involvement.
 
I especially thank TASHA WELLS, our Board Chair, for assisting us in all decision making on behalf of the business community.

My cell is 952-240-6004 or  ed@avcc.us if we can assist you in any way with anything.
A Note from Mayor Mary Hamann-Roland
As the Mayor of Apple Valley I have declared a peacetime emergency due to the COVID-19 health pandemic. This was declared on Sunday, March 15th, 2020. I find the conditions in Apple Valley have worsened considerably as the result of the evolving situation. It poses a risk and may cause an extensive personal injury, damage or disaster to the City if not immediately addressed.
 
We appreciate our community taking the precautions for COVID-19 seriously. While you may be informed on a national level, it is at the local level where we actually solve community issues. Please don’t collectively gather because rapid transmission of the virus could overwhelm the capabilities of our healthcare system. By making these decisions we will save lives. The City and Chamber will be working together throughout this time and we will keep you updated.

I’m thinking of all of you. Thank you for staying in place if you can. Thank you for checking in on one another. Thank you for the restaurants that are needing to change their service delivery or close. Thank you to our doctors, nurses and medical teams. Thank you all our leaders that have to make tough decisions. Thank you to our teachers and students who are doing their part. Thanks to mail carriers and service delivery personnel. 

Thank you City, County, State and Federal partners. Thank you Police, Fire, Ambulance who are keeping us all safe during these extraordinary times. Thank you to each and everyone of you! I am grateful for all of you being a part of the solution. We will come through this stronger, wiser and compassionate for each other. Bless you all. Questions can be directed to the City at 952-953-2500 or at  info@ci.apple-valley.mn.us
A Note from City Administrator Tom Lawell
We are working with the City Council, the Chamber, and our County and State partners, to ensure that appropriate actions are being taken to protect our community from the rampant spread of COVID-19. The declaration of a local emergency allows the City to carry out its duties more effectively. Questions can be directed to the City at 952-953-2500 or at  info@ci.apple-valley.mn.us
UPCOMING EVENTS
All Upcoming Chamber Events are Cancelled / Postponed
The COVID-19 situation continues to change and evolve on a daily basis. In an effort to keep our community safe and healthy we will be cancelling - and in certain cases postponing - our upcoming events. As your Chamber we are focusing our efforts to provide you with reliable information to help you manage your business during this challenging time. We will keep you informed as we have updates for you.
BUSINESS AFTER HOURS
Hosted by Think Bank
Thursday March 19th | 5 - 7 pm
CANCELLED
COUNTY-WIDE BUSINESS BREAKFAST
Dakota County Judicial Center
Friday April 3rd | 8 - 9:30 am
CANCELLED
APPLE VALLEY HOME & GARDEN EXPO
At Eastview High School
Saturday April 4th | 9 am - 3 pm
POSTPONED (NEW DATE TBD)
SOARING 20's GALA
At Lost Spur Golf & Event Center
Friday May 15th | 6 pm
POSTPONED (NEW DATE TBD)
LEGACY AWARDS CELEBRATION
At Lakeview Bank
Thursday April 16th | 4:30 - 6:30 pm
CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC (ONLY WINNERS AND THEIR GUESTS WILL BE ATTENDING)
JOINT BUSINESS AFTER HOURS w/ LAKEVILLE CHAMBER
Co-Hosted by Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer & Wings Financial
Thursday April 30th | 4:30 - 6:30 pm
POSTPONED (NEW DATE TBD)
COMMUNITY UPDATES FOR COVID-19
CITY OF APPLE VALLEY

Mayor Mary Hamann-Roland released a brief statement about the City’s implementation of its emergency management plans in response to the COVID-19 virus.

ISD 196

In response to an executive order from Governor Walz regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), District 196 has decided to cancel school beginning Monday, March 16 until Monday, March 30.

CITY OF APPLE VALLEY PARKS & RECREATION

As of March 13, 2020, all City Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed to the general public for a period of time. These facilities include the Senior/Event Center, Community Center, Hayes Park Arena, Apple Valley Sports Arena, Activity Center, and Valleywood Club House. 

MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

The Minnesota Department of Health continues to provide updates for the Coronovirus situation in Minnesota and resources for individuals and businesses. MDH COVID 19 hotline 651-201-3920.

DAKOTA COUNTY

March 12, 2020 MN Department of Health confirms first case of COVID19 in Dakota County. Stay up to date on County issues by clicking the read more link below.

360 COMMUNITIES

Help in the moment, Hope for the future is the mission of 360 Communities and they are preparing to assist families and individuals through the COVID19 experience. Top current needs are financial donations and healthy volunteers.

LOCAL RESTAURANTS OFFERING FREE LUNCHES TO STUDENTS

Several restaurants have committed to providing free lunches to any students who need them while home from school. A list of restaurants offering free meals can be found by clicking on the link below. Please confirm the information prior to visiting the restaurant.


THE OPEN DOOR PANTRY

While many of us have stocked up, those less fortunate didn’t have the money to do so. Keep 360 COMMUNITIES and OPEN DOOR PANTRY food shelves in mind. They most need dollars so they can purchase items that people need the most.

COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR YOUR BUSINESS
US SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

The SBA will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL

Get the facts directly from the Centers for Disease Control to best plan, prepare and respond to the Coronavirus Disease for your business and employees.

MINNESOTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TOOLKIT

The Minnesota Chamber provides a webinar and toolkit of resources to help you and your business address the implications of COVID19.

MINNESOTA UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

The Governor issued an executive order to help ensure that workers who are not able to work as a result of COVID-19 have benefits available. Workers who are unemployed or who have hours reduced due to the COVID-19 outbreak are asked to apply for unemployment benefits online at uimn.org.