Midway Avenues Newsletter January 5, 2016
The Year Ahead
As we begin 2016, we can take time to look at both the past year and what has brought us to where we are as we look at what's in store next.

The Midway neighborhood is going to look a lot different- and sooner than we think. With the new year, comes the newly redeveloped YMCA. Many of you drive by the Y daily along University and have been able to observe the progress. If you haven't had a chance to see it from the inside yet, there are a few opportunities. Look for information coming soon on open houses and the ribbon cutting. Cheers to David Dominick and the entire staff at the Y for all their hard work.

In the spring or summer we will have the Twin Cities' first bus-rapid transit line going right through Midway on Snelling Avenue. The A-Line will start at Rosedale, and work its way south to Ford Parkway, where it will head into Minneapolis and end at 46th and Hiawatha- connecting the Blue Line and Green Line. To learn more about the A-Line, click here to visit the Metro Transit website. 

One year ago, could anyone have anticipated the Midway would be getting an MLS stadium? No doubt, the stadium and the surrounding redevelopment will dramatically change the way Snelling/University looks and operates. There is still time to get your voice heard on what you think redevelopment will look like. Do not be afraid to share your opinions.

There will also be many other new and exciting opportunities we are not aware of yet. Enjoy the new year and always keep in mind how the Midway Chamber can help you.
Sen. Norm Coleman and Legislative Panel

Wednesday, January 20
Hamline University
774 Snelling Ave. N. 
Saint Paul, MN 55104

9:30- 10 am- Registration
10-11:30 a.m.- Legislative Panel 
11:30 a.m.- Noon- Luncheon registration and networking
Noon-1 p.m. Lunch with Sen. Norm Coleman

What issues are important to you and your organization in 2016? Before session begins, hear from Saint Paul legislators on their priorities and tell them how they can help build a stronger Midway.

Confirmed officials: Sen. Foung Hawj, Sen. John Hoffman, Rep. Alice Hausman, Rep. Dave Pinto

Following the panel, join us for our membership meeting with Sen. Norm Coleman. As a former Saint Paul mayor and U.S. Senator, hear his insight on the city, the nation and more.

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The New Midway Y Opens
The newly redeveloped Midway Y is now open. Located along the Green Line at 1761 University Ave., the Y has expanded space, new equipment and much more. Click here to see more details from www.ymcatwincities.org. 

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Nominate for Leadership Awards
It's time once again to make nominations for the Midway Chamber's annual Leadership Awards. Finalists will be announced prior to the Annual Celebration, with winners revealed that night. Nominations are due Friday, January 22.

Nominate A Fellow Member Today!
-Must be current members of the Midway Chamber of Commerce.
-Contributes and promotes the economic growth, stability and improvement of the area which the Chamber serves.
-Not have won an Award in the past 3 years.
-Excel in an individual category:   Large Business, Small Business, Nonprofit, Volunteer and Rookie of the Year

2015 Leadership Award Recipients:

Large Business of the Year: American Engineering Testing, Inc.

Small Business of the Year: Fenske Law Office

Non Profit of the Year: Episcopal Homes

Volunteer of the Year: Jamison Randall, Latuff Brothers Auto Body

Rookie of the Year: Turf Club

On The Green Line Meeting- January 6
The launch of the Green Line came with some heavy marketing- directories, websites, bus stop ads & more. But what's happening now? How can you harness the Green Line marketing tools to serve your district? Conversations will be held in the neighborhoods along the line to determine next steps and discuss resources. Please join us for the Midway session on January 6!

On The Green Line Marketing
Wed, January 6
Noon- 1 p.m.
Spruce Tree Centre Conference Room
1600 University Ave.
Saint Paul, MN 55104

To RSVP, email chad@midwaychamber.com

Small Business Forum: The Essential Skills for 21st Century Leadership- January 13
Join us as Dr. Richard Brynteson, Associate Professor of Management at Concordia University shares  his knowledge & presents timely and necessary tools to successfully run your business.This is a presentation that cannot be missed!

Wednesday, January 13
8 a.m.  Registration/Networking
8:15 a.m. - Forum
9:30 a.m. - Adjourn
Event Location: Concordia University, St. Paul
Buenger Education Center
Located in the Library Technology Center Building
200 Syndicate St.
St. Paul, MN 55104

Preferred free parking available in Lots B (blue covered meters) A & E 
**All are welcome to join us for this FREE  event.**  

Save the Date:
 Economic Development Committee- January 26  
The next Economic Development Committee will be held Tuesday, January 26 at the Griggs Midway Building second floor conference room, 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. Learn about new projects occurring in our community and network with other Midway Chamber members.   

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 2121 University Ave.
Saint Paul, MN 55104

Thurs, January 7

  Presented By: 
 Seven Corners Printing Logo

FEBRUARY 20, 2016
Registration Open!!


Event chair Amy Votel announced the theme and details for the AnnualCelebration at the Nonprofit luncheon last week. The events committee has been busy finalizing details for February 20, which will include the Brazilian theme of Carnivale. See above for award nominations.  
Join us for 2016's Annual Celebration.  This year we will host our largest fundraiser of the year at the newly renovated Intercontinental Hotel. 

Carnivale: Annual Celebration of Merriment and Music will feature:

-2016's Leadership Awards

-A street fair

-Music from "Ticket to Brasil"

-Dance performances

-Electronic Auction

-Live Auction

- Cocktail reception & dinner

& more 


You don't want to miss this great evening of fun so join us!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

5:30 - Social Hour, Auction & Street Performances
featuring: "Ticket to Brasil"
7:30- Dinner & Leadership Awards
11 Kellogg Blvd E., Saint Paul

$120/ticket, call for tables
$85 Non-Profit rate 
$60 New member rate

Jan 31 Winter Jazz Fest Lineup Announced
The Twin Cities Jazz Festival has booked all four Winter Jazz Festival stages at The Saint Paul Hotel. The event will showcase local and nationally-known jazz musicians beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 31, 2016. Cyrus Chestnut will join Jazz Fest's Artistic Director Francisco Mela and Gerald Cannon as headliners at 6:45 p.m. in the Hotel's Ballroom. Click here to learn more and purchase tickets. 

Ribbon Cutting January 14- Block Advisors
Block Advisors, formerly H&R Block, is expanding its space at 1600 Spruce Tree. Included in the expansion is the rebrand to Block Advisors to reflect a more full portfolio of services- a new tax and business service where clients will have a personal relationship with their tax pro all year backed by the support and resources of the nation's leading tax experts. Join the staff at Block Advisors, the national CEO of Block Advisers, and Midway Chamber Ambassadors at the ribbon cutting Thursday, January 14 at 4:30 p.m. at suite 208 at 1600 Spruce Tree. 

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New Members
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Renewing Members

Aspen Waste Services
Betty McCollum for Congress
Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis
MacQueen Equipment
Perfetti, Oberg & Horn
University of Minnesota
Vanguard Construction


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1600 University Avenue West, Suite 301, Saint Paul, MN 55104

President's Circle

   Warners' Stellian 4 color         Western Bank    Xcel Energy  


Director's Circle

Anchor Bank       Hamline       Loucks Associates 1        Pioneer Press 3 St.Paul Port Authority Logo Seven Corners Printing Logo 

Associate Circle

Ally People Solutins:  University Avenue Clean Team   Associated Bank   Bywater Business Solutions  FastSigns Roseville   Hubbard Broadcasting Inc.  

Ideal Printers   Mintahoe Catering & Events   Mahoney Ulbrich Christiansen & Russ, P.A.

Mortenson Construction St. Paul Saints Baseball Club UPS