Monday, November 26, 2018
POLICY NEWS
Home sales grow 3.4% as supply stabilizes
Home sales in the 16-county Twin Cities region grew by 3.4 percent in October from a year earlier as the supply of homes for sale declined by the second-smallest amount since May 2015. However this didn't necessarily mean it was easier to find a home to purchase, especially if buyers were looking for one that cost less than $400,000.

Learn more in this Finance & Commerce article .
$15 minimum wage fight moves to Minnesota State Capitol
Suburban communities, particularly those with newly elected council members, have reached out to the Minneapolis Regional Chamber about raising their minimum wages and implementing earned sick time policies, said President and CEO Jonathan Weinhagen.
“I could see Bloomington being a natural next location,” he said. “But [activists are] also doing work in Rochester and Duluth — kind of our larger urban cores.”

Read the full article in the Star Tribune here .
As Rochester grows, 'trailing spouses' still struggle to find work
Businesses have to face many challenges in attracting and retaining the best possible workforce. Employment opportunities for spouses and partners is just one of those challenges. Connecting MSP to regional centers like Rochester and Duluth with stronger transit options would grow our state economy and increase the pool of available workers for the Mayo Clinic and businesses everywhere.

Read the full article from MPR News here .
MEMBER NEWS
Energy Technical Assistance Program
The City of Minneapolis, with the help of the Northeast Minneapolis Chamber, is providing services aimed at supporting the implementation of energy cost-savings practices in small businesses through the Energy Technical Assistance Program (E-TAP). The Northeast Minneapolis Chamber works with business owners to navigate utility programs to help businesses not only be more energy efficient, but also save money. Learn more and get started today .
Local Suds: 5 Minnesota beers to drink in November
Looking to drink local this month? Check out some of these great Minnesota beers, including one from Indeed Brewing. You can also stop by one of the many breweries and distilleries across the metro and the state!

More in this City Pages story .
EVENTS
Critical Issues Forum: Keep MSP Moving
Friday, November 30
7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Loews Minneapolis Hotel

Moving people and goods around is essential to our regional and national economic competitiveness. Everything is driven by our transportation and transit infrastructure, from how we get to work to how we get our groceries. The decisions and policies our elected officials pursue can drastically impact our everyday lives. How do we make sure that those decisions keep us moving forward? John Robert Smith, chair of Transportation for America, Charlie Zelle, Commissioner of Transportation, Alene Tchourumoff, chair of the Metropolitan Council, and Margaret Donahoe, the executive director of the Minnesota Transportation Alliance, will discuss current policies as well as the leadership we need to develop a successful transportation and transit system throughout Minnesota.  
 
Speakers: 
  • John Robert Smith | Chair | Transportation for America
  • Alene Tchourumoff | Chair | Metropolitan Council
  • Margaret Donahoe | Executive Director | Transportation Alliance
  • Charlie Zelle | Commissioner of Transportation

Thank you to our presenting sponsors Mortenson , Thrivent , and Xcel Energy ; our series sponsors Associated Bank, Sunrise Banks , and Voya ; and our media sponsor Finance & Commerce. 
mspWellness Cohort Information Session
Thursday, November 29
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
MPLS Regional Chamber Office

Workplace wellness programs do not need to be complicated or expensive to work. Companies of all sizes can create healthier work environments and support healthier behaviors among their employees.
 
The chamber, with support from the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) and the Minneapolis Health Department, would like to engage 10-15 employers that are motivated to build employee work site wellness initiatives allowing employees access to healthy choices in the workplace for the 2019 cohort. Work site will not only have access to technical assistance, but they will also have the benefit of a peer-to-peer network as part of the cohort.
2018 Annual Minnesota Keystone Awards Luncheon
Thursday, December 13
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

Originally known as "The 5% Club," the Minnesota Keystone Program recognizes companies that give back at least two to five percent of their pre-tax earnings to the community. Celebrate this decades long tradition of corporate giving at this year's luncheon as we recognize our 2018 honored companies with keynote speaker Kevin Warren.

Honored Company awards will be presented to: Nemer Fieger, Highland Bank, and Walser Automotive Group.

Keynote Speaker: Kevin Warren | Chief Operating Officer | Minnesota Vikings

Thank you to our presenting sponsor Xcel Energy ; our supporting sponsors Blue Cross Blue Shield Minnesota , RBC Wealth Management , and Wells Fargo ; our luncheon sponsors Mortenson , Mystic Lake , Target , and Padilla ; and our event sponsors Bremer Bank , Comcast , McGough , Minnesota Vikings , and WCCO .
WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS
MEMBER ADVANTAGE
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 .
The Minneapolis Regional Chamber and the MN Drug Card
The FREE MN Drug Card is provided to you and your family to help lower prescription drug costs. The card helps you to receive savings of up to 75 percent (discounts average roughly 30 percent) at more than 56,000 national and regional pharmacies. This card can be used as your primary plan and/or it can be used on prescriptions not covered by your insurance plan.

Get your MN Drug Card here .