Monday, November 12, 2018
POLICY NEWS
The Morning After: 2018 Midterm Election Results
The votes have been cast and the results are in. We now know who will lead Minnesota and who will represent us in Washington D.C. The morning after the election, Blois Olson shared with the chamber and attendees not only the results, but also what they mean for Minnesota.

With more than 4 million eligible voters, o ver 2.5 million votes were cast in the major statewide races. At over 61 percent, this is the highest midterm turnout in Minnesota since 2002. One of the biggest stories Olson shared with the audience was that the battle for the Minnesota House in the metro had some surprising results, 15 of the districts flipped the political party representing them.

The new Minnesota House representatives have hinted that they expect to work on tax reform and an opiate crisis bill in the near future. However, the Minnesota House is not the only place we will see new representatives. The Minnesota congressional delegation will have five new faces when the new Congress takes over in January.

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Business groups optimistic they can work with Governor-elect Walz
On late Tuesday evening, we learned that Tim Walz will be the next governor of Minnesota. Leaders of the state’s business groups, while they may not see eye-to-eye on every issue with Governor-elect Tim Walz, believe they can work with him. Minneapolis Regional Chamber CEO Jonathan Weinhagen spoke with the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal on how the business community can work with Walz once he is in office.“To some extent, we stay the course and keep driving the key issues that are economic-competitiveness drivers around transportation, workforce and housing affordability,” Weinhagen said. We look forward to working will all our elected officials to continue to improve our economy and quality of life.

Thursday, November 15 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Dakota Jazz Club

Communities of color are underrepresented and often excluded from financial decisions that ultimately impact all of our communities. As the Director of Village Financial Cooperative, Me’Lea Connelly is challenging assumptions surrounding the financial service industry. Connelly is at the forefront of transformative change, creating a more inclusive and equitable financial system for the shared prosperity of all Minnesotans. At this DRIVE Leadership Luncheon, hear her story in a candid one-on-one interview. RSVP today. 

Thank you to our presenting sponsor Be The Match and our event sponsors  CenterPoint Energy ,  Minnesota Timberwolves, and U.S. Bank.
MEMBER NEWS
Minnesota Timberwolves tickets on sale
As a member of the Minneapolis Regional, Bloomington or Northeast Minneapolis Chambers you have the option of purchasing some of our season tickets for the Minnesota Timberwolves season at the Target Center. Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis. As a special for our members, the tickets for the 11/24 and the 1/12 games are being sold at a 25% discount. To purchase tickets, please email Andrea Carver at acarver@mplschamber.com or call 612-370-9100 .
Friday, November 30 | 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Loews Minneapolis Hotel

Effectively 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. Transit decisions and policies 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, will discuss current policies as well as the leadership we need to develop a successful transportation and transit system in our region.

Speaker:   John Robert Smith | Chair | Transportation for America 

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.
Give to the Max Day on November 15
It's that time of year again where as we get into the holiday spirit, we also start thinking about how we can give back. GiveMN and Give to the Max Day is celebrating its 10th anniversary on November 15 this year. Give to the Max Day is a day where everyone is encouraged to donate to their favorite charities and nonprofits. Every year thousands of organizations raise money to improve the quality of life in Minnesota and communities around the world.We’re thrilled how Minnesotans have embraced Give to the Max Day, but GiveMN is more than a one-day giving extravaganza. You can donate any time of the year through GiveMN.

Learn more and participate in Give to the Max Day here .
Johnson Street banners get fresh look thanks to Northeast Minneapolis Chamber
The banners on Johnson Street Northeast received a fresh look on October 24 thanks to a re-branding effort between the Northeast Minneapolis Chamber and the Johnson Street Merchant Association (JSMA). The re-branding process, a five-month long project, includes the updated banners as well as an updated logo. The JSMA selected four themes to represent the different activities that take place in the Audubon neighborhood. This branding will also be reflected on JSMA’s website, social media pages and on special event promotions. The re-branded banner project was part of the Northeast Minneapolis Chamber’s continued work through the Destination Northeast initiative to enhance node and activity center awareness, visibility and branding throughout Northeast Minneapolis.

Learn more about the project in this press release .
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.

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

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

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 .
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MEMBER ADVANTAGE
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 .
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 .