Monday, October 8, 2018
POLICY NEWS
Statement on the new USMCA trade framework
The Chamber has been working in partnership with Chambers of Commerce across the country to support renegotiation of a modernized trilateral trade agreement.

Minnesota makes products for the world. Nearly a third of our state’s exports go to Mexico and Canada at a value of almost $6.5 billion. Some 174,000 jobs in Minnesota rely on our trade relationship with Canada and about 93,000 jobs in the state depend on trade with Mexico. Those jobs, and the international trade that supports them, are important to our continued economic success. The new USMCA trade agreement is a positive step forward that builds on the long-standing trade principles shared by our three nations. We’re hopeful this agreement will help expand economic opportunity and provide businesses with the certainty needed to make investments.
Poll shows strong support for transit investments, majority would like to use transit more
Results from a statewide poll of Minnesota voters show broad support for expanded and improved public transit.

Nearly three-quarters, 74 percent, of all respondents said they would support the State of Minnesota making additional investments in transit, including buses, trains and light rail.

“This survey shows that Minnesotans are strongly supportive of investing in an improved transit system,” said Jonathan Weinhagen, President and CEO of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber. “Getting over the us-vs.-them discussion on transportation and transit is important. Minnesotans recognize that transit is good for our economy and they believe better transit would mean good things for jobs, making our state stronger and more competitive.”

Bloomington's Business Day at City Hall
This week Bloomington Chamber members heard from Bloomington Mayor Gene Winstead, City Manager Jamie Verbrugge and Bloomington Economic Development Director Eric Johnsonduring Business Day at City Hall. They shared the good news of a growing and dynamic city that is engaging with businesses and residents daily.

Mayor Winstead shared updates on construction projects around the area from the 35W bridge to MN Pass lanes on 169, and needed expansion along 494. Although it may feel like parts of the city are under construction for years the changes coming will make it much easier to get around the south metro.

The morning ended with a compelling presentation by Tawanna Black, the CEO of the Center for Economic Inclusion who told the assembled guests about the value of an inclusive economy and how it can benefit companies, communities, and our state.
 
Find out more about Bloomington Chamber events here .
Friday, October 12 | 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. | Elevate Food Hall

At this inaugural breakfast, we will celebrate the companies that have recently completed the first year of the mspWellness program. We will highlight the changes these mspWellness Champions have made to their workplaces creating better health and wellness opportunities for their employees.
 
Guest speaker, Nichole Melton Mitchell, Chief Operating Officer at Allina Health | Aetna, will share best practices for employee engagement in wellness initiatives, wellness plan implementation and potential outcomes. Join us as we salute this year’s mspWellness Champions!

mspWellness is a partnership between the Minneapolis Regional Chamber and the Minneapolis Health Department. mspWellness provides enrolled companies with tools, resources and technical-assistance to create healthier work environments.
This is not normal, or is it? Politics 2018
Is this normal? The tone and tenor of the news coverage, the rage and animosity in our political sphere—is this how it’s supposed to be? That feeling has been present in our offices for a while so we decided to bring some experts together to talk about the state of politics today.

Representative Matt Dean, Ron Harris, Annette Meeks, and Sarah Catherine Walker joined us for a freewheeling and insightful discussion moderated by John Rash. None of the panelists had easy answers for our current political climate. They all felt that social media adds to the debate, but also detracts from the quality of our discourse. They all felt that there was good work being done at the legislature in St. Paul and in Washington D.C., but that we have much work to do to return to a healthy political environment, and that we shouldn’t forget—things have been much worse before.

Our Public Affairs Forums are a great chance to hear from thought leaders and subject matter experts a number of pressing and important topics we face, to learn more click here .
Friday, October 19 | 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. | The Local Irish Pub

Minnesota elections are never dull. Recounts, resignations, old guard and new faces. When it comes to state and local politics we should always expect the unexpected. Hear from veteran political insider Brian McClung as he discusses this year’s exciting Minnesota electoral landscape and what changes in office could mean for businesses and communities across the region.

Thank you to our presenting sponsor Xcel Energy and our series sponsors Be The Match , CenterPoint Energy , the Local , US Bank , and Wells Fargo .
MEMBER NEWS
Electronics Recycler Tech Dump More Than Doubling in Size with Expansion Into St. Paul Building
At the start of 2017 , Tech Dump had a specific expansion vision in mind. That vision is now coming to fruition, at least partially, as the company signed a purchase agreement for a 90,000 square foot building, more than doubling their existing space. Tech Dump provides job training and experience to individuals likely to face barriers in employment, including those with criminal records or prior addiction struggles, through the work of recycling and refurbishing old technology.

Learn more about the expansion in this Twin Cities Business article .
Joe Mauer’s perfect (potential) goodbye
While it is not clear if the last game of this year's Twins season was also Joe Mauer's last game, it was the perfect potential goodbye. Mauer came onto the field during the 9th inning in his old catchers gear, which he hadn't worn since a concussion in 2013. The crowd had already greeted Mauer with standing ovations before all of his at-bats, and seeing him the way most fans remember brought them back to their feet for the loudest one of the day. Thank you to the hometown hero for another notable season.

Read more about the game in this MinnPost article .
Forbes Ranks Twin Cities Among 'Rising Cities for Startups'
The Twin Cities was recently named one of the Top 10 Rising Cities for Startups by Forbes. Minneapolis-St. Paul placed 9 th on the list. Forbes based the list on 13 different categories including business and living costs, education levels, the presence of colleges, working age population growth, entrepreneurship rates and venture capital investments. We must continue to support start ups by supporting education, workforce development, affordable housing and reliable transit and transportation to continue our regional success.

Friday, October 26 | 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. | Westminster Presbyterian Church

Minneapolis has evolved into a popular destination for nationally recognized events. Nearly 35,000 people make a living in the city’s hospitality industry. How can this industry sustain growth while also attracting and retaining a skilled and diverse workforce? Hear from our expert panel at the next Good Morning Minneapolis.  

Thank you to our presenting sponsor Wells Fargo .
WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS
RIBBON CUTTING
Store Manager DeMarcus McCoy cuts the ribbon for the newly remodeled Office Depot at the Quarry in NE Minneapolis.

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Cutting the ribbon for the new Dipped and Debris on Saturday in NE Minneapolis.

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MEMBER ADVANTAGE
The Minneapolis Regional Chamber and the MN Drug Card
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