February 11, 2019
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MACE strives to recognize high performing chambers. These awards are given by MACE as an example of hard work, passion and effort displayed by chambers across the region.
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Iowa's only fire tower is situated in Yellow River State Forest.
Vertex expansion to add 300 jobs

The Ames City Council will consider on Tuesday whether it will sponsor an Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) application for financial assistance of $300,000 on behalf of an Ames-based software company for a expansion project that will create 300 jobs, a third of which would pay $100,000 a year or more...“This is an incredible economic development opportunity for Ames and Story County with the promise and pledge of 300 jobs,” Ames Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Dan Culhane said.
Conversation with Garner Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amber Jenniges

A podcast interview with Amber Jenninges, Executive Director of the Garner Chamber of Commerce.
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Tax credits proposed to spur business investments in Minnesota

State lawmakers and Gov. Tim Walz want to replenish funding for a lapsed program that gave tens of millions in tax breaks to investors who helped start businesses in Minnesota..Walz did not commit to an exact amount but told members of the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce on Friday that the tax credits will be part of the budget he unveils Feb. 19.
Pouring In Like Purple Rain: Chanhassan Sees Uptick In Prince Fans Near Anniversary Of His Death

This spring will mark the third  anniversary  of Prince’s death. April 21 has become a date of remembrance and a chance to  celebrate  his legacy...“We hear tons of stories of him showing up at one of the high schools and their bands. Being at the local coffee shops,” said Jeff Filipek,  president  of the Southwest Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce celebrates history, 100 years

The Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated 100 years. The Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce president and CEO said it's a testament to the Kearney community. "I'm just so grateful for the leadership that's been here in the past and the foundation that they've given our community and specifically our business community with the chamber. It really just shows how successful we have been and why we are successful now," said Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Derek Rusher.
Senator minimum age, salary proposals unopposed

Reducing the age of eligibility to serve in the Nebraska Legislature from 21 to 19 would expand the pool of potential state senators and recognize "the recent wave of civic engagement by young people," Sen. Matt Hansen of Lincoln said Wednesday...The proposal was supported by the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC launched a new organizational logo at the January 24th Chamber EDC Annual Dinner, marking the beginning of the new Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC organization. The new logo represents the Chamber EDC’s commitment to business advocacy and economic development to ensure our region is a progressive, business-friendly environment.
Bill: earnings from oil tax savings would offset income tax

A proposal by top Republican House members to tap some earnings from North Dakota's voter-approved oil tax savings account for income tax relief could bridle some future pet projects pushed by the governor and fellow lawmakers, the bill's sponsor said Tuesday...The Greater North Dakota Chamber, the state's largest business organization, supported the legislation, as did Dustin Gawrylow, managing director of the North Dakota Watchdog Network, which keeps tabs on how public money is spent.
Legislation Allowing for Publication of South Dakota Drivers License in Spanish Advances

A bill many are watching as it makes its way through the South Dakota legislature right now is  SB 117 ...Jason Ball, President and CEO of the  Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce  talked with Carleen Wild Thursday on  KDLT News Today  to explain what’s behind the push for change.
Halfway through legislative session, 1 in 10 South Dakota bills are empty shells

Senate Bill 87 has fewer than 10 words: "The Legislature shall pursue opportunities to enhance the state."...On the rarest of occasions, vehicle bills have passed both chambers before the text was added in a conference committee, the last step before it goes to the governor for a signature, explained Debra Owen, public policy director for the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce.
Manufacturing Legacy, Innovation, Talent Drive Wisconsin’s Economic Growth

When the Foxconn Technology Group announced last year that it would build a state-of-the-art $10 billion advanced manufacturing campus in Wisconsin, the decision took some by surprise...“Eighty percent of Wisconsin’s business leaders say they are having trouble finding workers, according to our latest economic survey,” says Kurt Bauer, president and CEO of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, the state’s chamber of commerce with more than 3,700 members.
Baraboo Chamber exec leaves for Circus World

The Baraboo Area Chamber of Commerce’s executive director is leaving to take a fundraising post with the Circus World Foundation. Bobbie Boettcher announced to the Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Committee on Thursday that she’ll leave this spring. The transition plan hasn’t yet been established, but it will begin in March.
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