Monday, July 30, 2018
POLICY NEWS
Get Ready to Vote
Your vote matters. The Primary Election Day is August 14. By voting in the primary, you get to help choose the candidates for the General Election, and there are important primaries across the ballot.
 
Learn more about how you can register to vote, where to participate on Election Day, other ways to vote and what is on your ballot by clicking here .
Rail lines on pace for another year of record ridership
People want options. Ridership on the Green Line, Blue Line and Northstar Commuter Rail Line is ahead of last year’s totals through the first half of 2018. Systemwide, more than 39.6 million rides have been taken through the end of June.

Increased ridership shows that MSP is stronger when people have affordable and reliable transit opportunities that can bring them to jobs or educational training. Let's work together to provide this for everyone.

Read more from Metro Transit about the projected record ridership year here .
Support police accountability; oppose expanding role of Minneapolis City Council in overseeing department
Recently, Council Member Cam Gordon proposed that the council have equal authority with the mayor over the Minneapolis Police Department. In response, several business leaders responded in an article about why this proposal should be opposed.

Making policing more accountable is important, and obviously timely. But this attempt by the Minneapolis City Council is rushed with no real community engagement around what amounts to changing the city’s “constitution” to upend over 100 years of policy and municipal operations. The chamber supports a deliberate and thoughtful process around police reform where the city can engage with all of its residents and businesses while looking at peers and best practices from around the world. We look forward to being part of that longer conversation but feel this attempt is rushed.

Read the article here .
MEMBER NEWS
Revisions to Hennepin County’s recycling ordinance now available for public comment
The county has released its draft revisions to the recycling ordinance, which includes a requirement for businesses that generate large quantities of food waste to implement food waste recycling by January 1, 2020. 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 environment@hennepin.us .
What’s New in Minneapolis – Summer 2018
Summer time in Minneapolis is festivals, concerts, biking, dining on patios, the X Games, riverfront fireworks and so much more. It’s also a booming time for new museums, water taxis and even axe throwing in this six-time #1 Park System in the U.S. winner. Check out the list of what’s new in Minneapolis and the surrounding area this summer from Meet Minneapolis.

2018 Annual State of the Airport Luncheon
They are many improvements and enhancements currently underway at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Brian Ryks, CEO of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, will provide an update on these and how they affect the future of the airport.
 
Delta CEO Ed Bastian will provide comments via video, while Senior Vice President Bill Lentsch will address MSP Airport's critical role as a Delta hub, while marking 10 years since Delta's acquisition of Northwest Airlines.

EVENTS
Friday, August 3 | 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. | Wells Fargo Center 3rd Floor

The Minneapolis Public School District faces several obstacles including the passage of the upcoming referendum, deepening equity gaps and special education cross subsidy funding. Superintendent Ed Graff will talk about these issues and what the administration is doing to make change. Graff will also discuss why the business community should be concerned and why they should actively engage with the district to solve for these problems.

Thank you to our series sponsors CenterPoint Energy and Wells Fargo .
Thursday, August 9 | 3:30 - 6:00 pm | Elsie's Restaurant, Bar & Bowling

Marketing, the act of connecting your product and services with customers, is a rapidly changing and always evolving discipline. Whether using digital platforms to build influence or re-imagining traditional marketing methods, how you market your business can be huge determinant of success. Our panelists will discuss methods they have used to market their businesses and share what has worked for them.


The program will be followed by a happy hour. Light appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available.

Panel:
  • Dr. Simone Xavier, Chief Creative Officer, Sigma Beauty
  • Ben Gregory, Strategy Director, BIG – Brand Innovation Group
  • Mike Schwandt, Marketing & Communications, Bauhaus
  • Moderator: Buffie Blesi, CEO & Owner, We Spark Growth


Thank you to our sponsors UPS and Northeast Bank .
Thursday, August 16 | 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. | CHS Field

Join DRIVE and SPACC YPro for a night of networking and baseball! We will begin the night at Penfield for happy hour featuring complimentary appetizers and drinks. Then cheer on the St. Paul Saints as they take on the Sioux Fall Canaries. Tickets are limited reserve your spot today!


This event is hosted in partnership with the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce.
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