Monday, September 24, 2018
Urban Disparities: Economics, Education & Environment
At our September 21 st DRIVE Roundtable, a great audience of young professions got the opportunity to hear from Joy Marsh Stephens, the manager of Equity and Inclusion with the City of Minneapolis.

At the city, she oversees the equity plan adopted by the City Council in 2017. Through that work she helps the city plan for and hold its departments accountable for their work to support inclusive work-spaces and breaking down the existing barriers to a equitable and fair city.

Marsh Stephens acknowledged the limits of the city’s power, it cannot end homelessness or fix the education achievement gaps, but through the work of the city there are numerous policies and practices which can help solve for those issues. Joy urged the audience to think critically about policy changes in their organizations, wondering “who benefits?” and “who is being harmed?” about changes, and urging all organizations to include those who are impacted by decisions in their process.

For more information about DRIVE click here , and for more information on the city’s office of Equity and Inclusion click here .
What to expect from a revised Minneapolis 2040 plan
We are facing a housing shortage in Minnesota at all levels, but especially at the workforce and affordable ones. The Minneapolis 2040 Plan informs the land use that will drive development in Minneapolis over the next decade. The plan has drawn a lot of attention in Minneapolis and we look forward to reviewing the updated version of the plan and giving input on behalf of Minneapolis’ businesses.

Read more in this MinnPost article .
Friday, October 5 | 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. | Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

Politics have changed. The ends of the spectrum have become more divisive, and voters have become unpredictable. Social media has impacted - well everything. Is this really the new normal or will the pendulum swing? Our speakers will engage in a candid conversation about trends, the intersection of local and national politics, and the upcoming election cycle.

  • Representive Matt Dean, Minnesota House of Representatives, District 28B
  • Ron Harris, Member, Democratic National Committee
  • Annette Meeks, CEO, Freedom Foundation of MN
  • Sarah Catherine Walker, Lobbyist, mza + co
  • John Rash, Columnist & Editorial Writer, Minneapolis Star Tribune

POWERING INCLUSION: Achieving the Growth We Want by Engaging All of the Talent We Have
The Center for Economic Inclusion's new POWERING INCLUSION event series will move us from conversation to collective action to measurable impact. We'll catalyze ideas, partnerships, and opportunities as we directly face the choice: keep leading the nation in racial exclusion or pave the way to shared prosperity. Join them and other thought leaders in adopting best practices, amplifying community assets, and embracing the role we each play in creating an inclusive economy.
This event is FREE but space is limited. Registration is REQUIRED.

Wednesday, October 10 | 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. | University of St. Thomas Minneapolis Campus

Business professionals on average spend more time working than doing any other activity. Often due to the nature of their positions, individuals may not feel they have made a meaningful contribution with their time spent. At this DRIVE Leadership Laboratory, Professor Michaelson will discuss what meaningful work is, the role leaders play in creating meaningful opportunities for others and how to pursue meaning in your professional and personal life.

Christopher Michaelson, Distinguished Professor of Business Ethics & Social Responsibility
About DRIVE Leadership Laboratory
Leaders aren’t born – they’re made. That’s why the Minneapolis Regional Chamber and University of St. Thomas are combining forces to bring the region a new type of event. The DRIVE Leadership Laboratory connects acclaimed professors and instruction from the University of St. Thomas to the Minneapolis Regional Chamber’s young leaders group, DRIVE, to offer a comprehensive training on topics paramount to the emerging workforce.  
Public hearing set for revisions to the recycling ordinance
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners set a public hearing to receive testimony from the public on proposed revisions to Ordinance 13 – Recycling .

The hearing will be held before the Public Works Committee of the county board.
  • When: Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as practicable
  • Where: A-2400 Hennepin County Government Center Board Room, 300 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis

This affects how your business recycles food, so be sure to stop by and make your voice heard.

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.
Minnesota Wild Tickets on sale now
As a member of the Minneapolis Regional, Bloomington or Northeast Minneapolis Chambers you have the option of purchasing our season tickets for the upcoming Minnesota Wild season at Xcel Energy Center. Tickets are $155 each and are located in Section 103, Row 10. They are available on a first come, first serve basis. To find out what games are still available and to purchase tickets, please email Andrea Carver at m or call 612-370-9152.
Operations Director Stephen Rubenstein backed by team members cuts the ribbon celebrating the opening of Topgolf in Brooklyn Center.

Visit their website here .
Last week Novel Coworking celebrated opening their first Minnesota location in the LaSalle Building downtown Minneapolis.

Check out their website here .
It was a family affair as founder Jim Warner and store manager Joe Warner cut the ribbon for the new Warners' Stellian Appliance yesterday!

Be sure to stop by, and check out their website here .
The Minneapolis Regional Chamber and Sprint
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 .