Monday, November 19, 2018
POLICY NEWS
Instead of gridlock, let's make progress in a literally unique Minnesota
The election, and seemingly nonstop ads, are over. Now leaders from every ideology and every part of our state need to come together to consider how to make Minnesota stronger and more competitive, before the legislative session begins in January. Minneapolis Regional Chamber President and CEO Jonathan Weinhagen provides advice to Governor-elect Tim Walz and DFL-led House/GOP-led Senate in a Star Tribune op-ed.

Read the full op-ed in the Star Tribune here .
Twin Cities transit advocates saw a lot to like in election results
From the governor's office to the Minnesota House and the U.S. Congress, a slate of new leaders could plug a deficit at Metro Transit, fund light-rail lines and pump more money into local rapid bus improvements. Transit is necessary, but sometimes it can be a little complicated. We must work together at every level to achieve success.

Read more in this Star Tribune article .
A statement from the Minneapolis Regional Chamber CEO in response to SWLRT
The announcement from the FTA is good news for commuters, employees, and employers in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Moving forward with the Southwest Light Rail (SWLRT) Project means thousands of Minnesotans will have access to additional jobs across our region. Right now, 40 percent of employees in downtown Minneapolis get to work using transit, relieving pressure on our roadways and making our city a more attractive place for businesses. That number will certainly grow when SWLRT is in place.

A recent survey we conducted found that 58 percent of Minnesotans want to use transit more frequently and 74 percent support making additional investments in transit. We need to keep moving forward with comprehensive transportation solutions in our state to increase access to jobs and attract future workers, many of whom don't want to use a car.
Minneapolis neighbors gather for latest chance to weigh in on 2040 Comprehensive Plan
Minneapolis’ long term plan passed another important hurdle this week. We can plan a stronger environment for businesses and residents and the Minneapolis Regional Chamber thanks the staff and leaders of the city of Minneapolis for all of the work they have done to put all of this together.


Read more in this Star Tribune article .
MEMBER NEWS
Giving back
Thank you to those who donated to the Minneapolis Regional Chamber Development Foundation during Give to the Max Day! Whether you donated to Leadership Twin Cities, Bloomington Future Leaders, the Minnesota Keystone Program or just the general Foundation we greatly appreciate your support. Even though Give to the Max Day may be over, you can still donate year round through GiveMN. You can donate by clicking here .
Mall Of America Tops List Of MN’s Most Popular Attractions
Explore Minnesota, the state’s tourism board, just released final attendance figures for 2017 and the Bloomington mega mall unsurprisingly topped the list. They estimated that 40 million visitors hit the mall last year.

Learn more in this WCCO story .
AccessAbility Celebrates 70 Years Of Service
AccessAbility, whose mission is to help provide self-sufficiency for people who face employment barriers, has been serving the community for 70 years. Located in Northeast Minneapolis, AccessAbility serves more than 600 people every year.

Learn more in this WCCO story .
Northside Holiday Crawl
Mark your calendar for the Northside Holiday Crawl this Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. The Crawl highlights special sales & events happening throughout the holiday season, so get out and support your local (and favorite) businesses. Happy Holidays!
EVENTS
Critical Issues Forum: Keep MSP Moving
Thursday, 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, 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.  

Speaker: 
  • John Robert Smith | Chair | Transportation for America
  • Alene Tchourumoff | Chair | Metropolitan Council
  • Margaret Donahoe | Executive Director | Transportation Alliance

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. 
Beer with B.E.E.R.S.
Thursday, December 6
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Bowlero Eden Prairie

It's that time of year again! Network and create connections with members of five different chambers while sampling offerings from local breweries. Cast your vote and help us choose which of these will win the "Best Chamber Beer" award and will be on tap at Bowlero for a year.
 
Admission includes beer sampling, complimentary appetizers and more.
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 .