Monday, August 6, 2018
Congressional District 5 Candidate Forum
On Thursday, August 2 the Minneapolis Regional Chamber, mpls downtown council and TwinWest Chamber of Commerce hosted an exclusive Congressional District 5 candidate forum. The event was presented in partnership with WCCO News Radio. Three candidates, Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Ilhan Omar and Patricia Torres Ray, attended the event and gave insight into the issues they care about.

You can read more about the event and what the candidates had to say in this Star Tribune article .
Receive a 50 percent cash match
on your intern's wages
Receive a 50 percent cash match on your intern's wages, up to $2500, through SciTechsperience.

SciTechsperience is a free, statewide, state-funded internship program that connects small for-profit Minnesota businesses with talented college STEM students. Participating companies receive a wage reimbursment of 50 percent of the intern's wages up to $2500.

For more information and to check if you are eligible go to .
Minneapolis Regional Chamber testimony at public safety hearing
The Minneapolis City Council is considering a ballot measure to change the city’s charter to have the oversight of the police department fall under the entire city council. In response, the council held a meeting on Wednesday to take public comment. Director of Public Policy for the chamber, Sean Broom, testified at this hearing.

The chamber believes the proposal has been rushed, the impacts are unclear, and the opportunity for real community engagement about proposed changes has been missed. It looks like the proposal will be tabled by the Minneapolis Charter Commission which is an appropriate way to give everyone in Minneapolis, community members and businesses, the chance to be part of a robust discussion about police reform in Minneapolis.

If you would like to share your concerns with the Charter Commission please reach out at
Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest making progress at new site
On Monday we were with Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest to tour their new facility currently under construction in the Midway area. The building—named the Junior Achievement James R. and Patricia Hemak Experiential Learning Center—will house three premier learning labs: JAUM’s existing JA BizTown and JA Finance Park programs and the first-of-its-kind JA Innovation Incubator. We can't wait to visit once the space is complete!

Revisions to Hennepin County’s recycling ordinance now available for public comment
The county has released draft revisions to its recycling ordinance, which includes a requirement for businesses that generate large quantities of food waste to implement food waste recycling by January 1, 2020. This proposed requirement will potentially affect businesses, including restaurants.  

Requirements would apply to certain businesses that generate one ton of trash or more per week or contract for weekly collection of eight or more cubic yards of trash.

A summary of the proposed requirements and the draft revisions are available here . Comments are being accepted through August 17 via a survey or by email to .
Xcel Energy presents Kraus-Anderson with 2018 High Performance Building Award
Xcel Energy’s High Performance Building Award has been presented to Kraus-Anderson (KA),recognizing the company’s new five-story, 100,000-square-foot downtown Minneapolis headquarters. The award honors KA for its exemplified leadership and ongoing commitment to energy efficiency.

Wednesday, August 15 | 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. | Jax Cafe

Unbound: A New Conversation about Public Education in Minneapolis  is a campaign to promote dialogue about complex issues in our public schools and is a collaboration between the Graves Foundation and Pollen Midwest. Join us for a lively discussion about such critical issues as changing demographics, budget challenges, school choice, integration, our future workforce and why business and the community must engage.

Thank you to our series sponsors CenterPoint Energy and Wells Fargo and host Jax Cafe .
Friday, August 17 | 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. | The Local Irish Pub

The nature of giving has had to change with time. As the cost of living increases, technology advances and as millennials replace baby boomers, how do organizations that are reliant on financial contributions evolve their approach for donors? At the next DRIVE Roundtable we will hear from Alyssa Hawkins, Director of Giving Programs at the Minneapolis Foundation, on how they have forged new pathways to give and how they maintain relevancy in an ever-changing marketplace.

Thank you to our presenting sponsor Xcel Energy and series sponsors Be The Match , CenterPoint Energy , The Local Irish Pub , U.S. Bank , and Wells Fargo .
Friday, August 24 | 7:30 - 9:00 1.m. | Minneapolis College (MCTC)

The MSP region is known for its steady economy and strong workforce, yet our employment disparities are some of the worst in the nation for workers from communities of color in terms of access to training and finding the right employment. We also face an overall projected worker shortage. How will the region meet the growing demand for technical workers, develop job training and prepare for an increasingly complex working environment? Hear from our expert panel at the next Good Morning Minneapolis.

Vincent Thomas, Dean of Continuing Education & Workforce Development | Minneapolis College
Khadija Ali, President & CEO | Global Language Connections
Eric Muschler, Program Officer Region & Communities | McKnight Foundation 

Thank you to our series sponsor Wells Fargo.
The Minneapolis Regional Chamber and Office Depot
Office Depot and the Minneapolis Regional Chamber have partnered to provide exclusive savings on all of your business needs, including deep discounts on:

  • Office Essentials
  • Cleaning and Breakroom Solutions
  • Copy & Print Services
  • Technology
  • Furniture

Let Office Depot save you time and money! Whether you're a company of five or 10,000 employees we can help! 

Learn more and see the deals here .