Monday, July 2, 2018
Note: Chamber Offices Closed July 4 - 6, 2018.
Chamber policy committees
The Minneapolis Regional Chamber is the region's chief leading advocate bringing people and organizations together around issues that matter including workforce development, education, transit and housing, which MinnPost did an article on last week . Because of this, we have created policy committees around each of these key issues. The committees have each had their first meeting, but it isn't too late to join.

If you are interested in being a part of the conversation, contact us at .
Town Talk: Workforce
Last week the Chamber hosted our regular Town Talk forum at Jax Café in Northeast Minneapolis. Jeremy Hanson Willis from DEED, Julie Brekke from HIRED and Matt Halley from Cookie Cart came to share their understanding of one of the most pressing issues facing business—getting qualified workers. They addressed the importance of career pathway training, the dangers of the benefits cliff, and the opportunities that exist to hire immigrants and those with criminal records. By 2020 we will have a 62,500 person shortage in our workforce with thousands of positions going unfilled.

Join the Chamber and share your successes in building your workforce by emailing
Minneapolis Regional Chamber Board of Directors elects THOR Companies CEO Ravi Norman as Chair-Elect
The board of directors for the Minneapolis Regional Chamber has selected Ravi Norman, CEO of THOR Companies, as its new chair-elect. He will assume the role of board chair in January 2019.

The Twin Cities Total Internship Management Workshop
Utilizing internships is the perfect way to conduct recruiting activities. That's why we partnered with the University of Minnesota to host The Total Internship Management Workshop, designed to help you & your organization build a win-win internship program.

Bloomington, St. Louis Park receive League of Minnesota Cities City of Excellence Award for Pathways to Policing joint effort
The cities of Bloomington and St. Louis Park were recognized at the League of Minnesota Cities annual conference with a 2018 City of Excellence Award for their Pathways to Policing joint effort.

89th Celebrate Northeast Parade
Thank you to all who participated in this year's Celebrate Northeast Parade! Your hard work and dedication helped us to make it a successful one. We appreciate the community pride, intense efforts and creativity you bring to our celebration. There is a large collection of photos taken by Alex Carroll Photography on the Chamber's Flickr website for your viewing.

If you have any suggestions, comments, or insights about your parade day experience, please email
B.E.E.R.S.: Fun with the St. Paul Saints
Thursday, July 26 | 2:30 - 9:00 p.m. | CHS Field Securian Club

In this interactive experience, Mike Veeck, co-owner of the Saints, and Fran Zeulli, president of Fun Is Good, will help attendees learn the key elements of the Fun Is Good philosophy. See it all come to life as the nationally renowned St. Paul Saints and staff delight fans during the entertaining and fun-filled outing. Included in admission are seminar, CHS Field Tour, dinner buffet with open bar (soda, beer & wine) and St. Paul Saints game.

Fun Is Good Seminar, Securian Club at CHS Field
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Private Tour of CHS Field
5:00 – 5:45 p.m.

Open dinner buffet and bar (soda, beer & wine)
6:00 p.m.

St. Paul Saints Game, Securian Club seating
7:05 p.m.
DRIVE Leadership Luncheon: Workplace Ethics
Wednesday, July 25 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Dakota Jazz Club

Companies are often recognized for their corporate ethics. How do ethics impact policy and procedures as well as decision making? At the next DRIVE Leadership Luncheon, our panelists will discuss corporate ethics, being an ethical leader and the challenges that occur when personal and business ethics are in conflict. Join the conversation and register today.

Dawn Elm | Distinguished Professor of Business Ethics & Leadership, University of St. Thomas
David Rodbourne | Principal Consultant, DHR Consulting & Associates
Suzan McGinnis | Director of Ethics, Target

Thank you to our presenting sponsor Be The Match , and our series sponsors CenterPoint Energy , Minnesota Timberwolves , and U.S. Bank .
Executive Women's Council: 2019 Final Four Preview
Wednesday, July 25 | 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. | Weber Shandwick

In April of 2019, Minneapolis will host the NCAA Final Four. Join us for an evening of conversation, networking and updates from Kate Mortenson, President and CEO, 2019 Minneapolis Final Four ® Local Organizing Committee, about plans for the big event.

Costco Business Center
Tuesday, June 26th we were at the Costco Business Center as they cut the ribbon on their new location in Northeast. Be sure to stop by and check them out, or check out their website!
The Works Museum's Bloomington Summer Pass
The Works Museum and the Bloomington Chamber are offering an unlimited admission summer pass. The pass includes two adults and up to four children under the age of 18. The pass is for families who either live, work or attend school in Bloomington and is valid between June 11 and August 31, 2018. Passes may be purchased at The Works Museum or online. The passes are $25.99, or if you qualify for the Gateway Program subsidies, the cost is $11.99.

Purchase passes here .