MAY 2016
Northfield Rallies in Support of Hospitality and Tourism Industry
By Lisa Peterson, Director of Tourism
The Northfield Convention & Visitor's Bureau (CVB) will celebrate National Travel & Tourism week by hosting Northfield's tourism community at a Hospitality Luncheon on May 4, 2016 at the Northfield Golf Course.
The luncheon is part of the 33rd annual National Travel and Tourism Week (May 1-7), which unites communities each year to celebrate what travel means to American jobs, economic growth and personal well-being.
"Tourism supports over 254,000 jobs in Minnesota, including 2,239 in Rice County." said Lisa Peterson, Director of Tourism. "We are excited to celebrate what tourism means to Minnesota and to Northfield. I am beyond thrilled that the Director of Explore Minnesota Tourism, John Edman, will be our keynote speaker and will discuss state and national tourism efforts.  We will also be saluting local individuals that go above and beyond, with our 'Hospitality Person of the Year' awards.  It will be a great luncheon!"
Across Northfield and Rice County, tourism employs a prosperous and diverse workforce, from hotel employees, to restaurant, attraction and retail workers, and supports related sectors such as construction, manufacturing and finance. Some of the numbers:
  • 2,339 jobs are supported by travel and tourism in Rice County
  • In Rice County, travel and tourism generates $6.5 million in local sales tax revenue.
  • In Northfield there are 7 lodging establishments and with a total of 219 rooms. 
  • There are 50 dining establishments and over 50 retailers in Northfield.
  • Northfield has many outdoor and indoor recreation facilities including softball and baseball fields, soccer fields and ice arena which bring in thousands of athletes and their parents to town.
  • Northfield is home to 5 transportation companies who safely deliver our travelers to and from their destinations.
  • Northfield is home to two outstanding liberal arts colleges whose programs attract students from around the globe to study here and bring their families and friends who stay, shop and dine here.
These local figures are an important part of tourisml's economic importance statewide. For example:
  • Tourism is a $13.6 billion industry in MN, and generates $878 billion in state sales tax by domestic and international visitors
  • These visitors support 254,400 jobs-roughly 11% of private-sector employment, and create $47 billion in wages.
"I am fortunate to have worked in the hospitality industry in Northfield at the Archer House River Inn & Suites, for the past 5 years," said Arianna Eager. "I know tourism has helped Northfield's economy immensely, not to mention the countless businesses and jobs that are supported by all of our visitors. That's why I'm proud to work in the hospitality and tourism industry!"
In addition to its benefits for the local economy, travel can also have a positive effect on personal well-being for residents and visitors of Northfield. Numerous research studies have confirmed the positive health effects of travel and time off, from reducing the risk of heart disease to decreasing depression. Using time off to travel with our families is good for everyone, especially our children-kids who travel with their families are more likely to attend college and earn more as adults. 
The moral of the story is: TRAVEL! It's good for you, and it's good for your community!

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Northfield, MN 55057
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April's Top 
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The Chamber Buck program is another member benefit offered by the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism. We encourage members to proudly display their "Chamber Bucks Accepted Here" stickers and promote their acceptance in their own marking materials. For ideas please contact the Chamber office. 

According to a study conducted by Local First "local retailers return an average of 52 percent of their revenue to the local economy, compared with just 14 percent for the chain retailers.  Similarly, the local restaurants re-circulate an average of 79 percent of their revenue locally, compared to 30 percent for the chain eateries." 


Other members that took advantage of the Chamber Buck program in April include:

Paper Petalum
Bierman's Home Furnishings
Gooters Dough To Go & More
Basil's Pizza

Remember Chamber Bucks
make great gifts or employee incentives. Available all year in $5, $10 and $25 denominations 
Ribbon Cutting honoring Harmonic Spirit Hypnosis and Wellness
State chamber pushes hard at Capitol
By Doug Loon, President of the Minnesota Chamber
We cannot ignore the economic headwinds, however. The Twin Cities is about as prosperous as any major metropolitan area in the country, but other areas are not.
As the new president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, a top personal priority has been to hit the road. For six months, I've been crisscrossing our great state, asking questions and listening. It's been encouraging and energizing.

I've gained an even greater appreciation of how Minnesota's economic fortunes are interconnected. My conversations have identified actions necessary to ensure Minnesota is ready for the future.

Our job at the Minnesota Chamber is to help Minnesota businesses - large and small, all types and sizes - change, compete, grow and excel. In short, we want to ensure Minnesota is ready for our next opportunities. We believe firmly that our system of economic liberty and our society's promise of a fair return on effort and investment make all of our lives better.

The good news is that Minnesota overall continues to benefit from a relatively healthy and diverse economic structure.  Minnesota employers traditionally have been an optimistic, innovative and dedicated group. People want to stay here.

We cannot ignore the economic headwinds, however. The Twin Cities is about as prosperous as any major metropolitan area in the country, but other areas are not. The Iron Range is hurting, agribusiness shows signs of weakening, and manufacturing is struggling.

We are collectively challenged to chart a path to maintain our momentum and a vibrant economy. Competitive pressures are constant and ever-changing. Realistic assessment of our strengths and weaknesses has never been more important to our long-term prosperity.

An important first step is objective measurement of where we are. To that end, the Minnesota Chamber is inaugurating our Minnesota Business Benchmarks. This collection of key economic indicators sizes up our business climate - providing comprehensive and impartial data on Minnesota's economic competitiveness. We will use these measures to identify and advocate for both private-sector and public-sector solutions.

Among the key takeaways in our report:
* Minnesota's quality of life and talented workforce is the envy of many.
* There are mixed results for Minnesota's overall business and economic climate.
* Too many indicators show Minnesota's cost of doing business as not competitive.
* Minnesota is improving in key infrastructure areas of transportation and educational attainment, with more work to do.

Policymakers and business leaders must work together to build on the state's strengths and minimize its weaknesses. We must identify those statewide actions that make Minnesota ready for economic change, opportunity and growth.

Much of our focus will be on state government. Three key principles should be at the forefront of public policy to advance economic prosperity for all.
* We must improve the overall competitiveness for all businesses.
* We must provide quality government services and infrastructure at a competitive price through efficient and effective spending that focuses on specific outcomes.
* We must remove and/or lower uncompetitive taxes and regulatory burdens that hamper innovation and investment.

The Minnesota Chamber is promoting an aggressive agenda at the Legislature. By cautiously using the surplus, we can invest in our economic and physical infrastructure by passing both strategic business tax relief and sustained investment in roads, bridges and transit. We must pursue initiatives in the public and private sectors to better synchronize workforce skills with the needs of the changing economy. Access to a strong broadband network and providing investment tools for workforce housing development will help all regions of the state to grow.

We will engage on important topics like workplace regulations. We urge policymakers not to enact one-size-fits-all mandates that can reduce flexibility for employers and employees alike. Let's instead look to a private-sector solution that illuminates best practices and set clear goals for putting them to use in our workplaces.  

In addition, we'll work with the State Council on Disability and Human Rights Commission to make sure small and midsized businesses have the time needed to comply with accessibility laws and avoid expensive lawsuits that can end up shutting these employers down.

Doug Loon is president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce -
Chamber Happenings

Home & Garden Show at the Northfield Ice   Arena featured local exhibitors for all your   home, garden, lifestyle, health and leisure needs.

Morning Business Brew hosted by Gooters Dough to Go & More

2016 State of the City Luncheon with Guest Speaker Dana Graham 
at The Grand Event Center, sponsored by Dick's Sanitation Inc.

Business After Hours hosted by The Goat

Member News
Northfield Public Library Grand Re-opening  
Saturday, May 7
10:00 am Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
11:00 am - 5:00 pm Music, Dancing, Self-Guided Tours throughout the renovated library
Everyone is Welcome!
Sponsored by the Friends of the Northfield Pubic Library

Test drive a new car at Dokmo Ford Chrysler on Saturday, May 7th from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm and $20 will be donated to Prairie's Edge Humane Society. 

Dicks Sanitation Inc. hosts Northfield Spring Clean-up Days on May 7th and 14th from 7:00 am - 11:00 am visit for details. 

Jim and Joan Spaulding, owners of The Hideaway Coffee House and Wine Bar celebrate 10 years in business on May 20, 2016.   
Do you have business news to share? We want to hear about it! Please contact Lindsay at to have your big announcement in next months newsletter. 
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