October 15, 2018
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The 19-story  state capitol building  in Bismarck, ND is one of only four tower-style capitols in the U.S. 
Recreational marijuana opponents have more campaign cash, but supporters say they have major online presence

A printing shop was a busy place this week as a group opposing legalizing medical marijuana was having fliers printed — almost 350,000 of them — giving their side to the story on the issue confronting North Dakota voters in less than a month...The effort got its start with a $25,000 donation from the Greater North Dakota Chamber of Commerce.
Can oil and ag mix?

Voters in three of four Williams County Commission Districts will have a choice come November, and the six candidates were all present for an election forum Thursday, talking about the issues that they feel matter most to the county. The forum was put on by the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce, sponsored by Williston Regional Economic development Cooperation, moderated and live streamed by the Williston Herald and the location was provided by Williams County.
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New Leader Tackles Economic Development in Mitchell

It was a case of right time, right place for Mark Vaux earlier this year...Vaux, 56, was named the executive director of the Mitchell Area Development Corporation and the Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce on July 27, and he started the new job last month, the Daily Republic reported.
Once a family tradition, South Dakota pheasant hunting season has gone commercial

You would have to start pretty early in the year to get a jump on Chad Stevicks...Suzanne Braun, director of the Gregory/Dallas Chamber of Commerce, notes that five businesses have opened just this year. One, a boutique downtown, has already expanded and its owner could grow even more.
Madison area business leaders are told to 'Imagine Forward'

Don’t be afraid to throw out convention and take risks, Madison-area business leaders were told Thursday night. “Imagine Forward” was the theme of the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner, and keynote speaker Beth Comstock urged the crowd not to resist change. This is the “age of emergent change,” she said.
Tourism officials look at long term health of Mississippi River

Over $200 million, that’s the amount of money tourism brings into the La Crosse area each year. A big contributor to that is the attraction of the Mississippi River...“Typically we see anywhere between 50,000 to 60,000 tourists coming in between June and the end of October,” Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce President Robert Moses said.
State and local office candidates participate in Ames Chamber forum

The Ames Chamber of Commerce held a candidate forum for state and local candidates Friday afternoon. State candidates included Brenda Brink, Democratic candidate for the Iowa House District 49 seat, alongside Republican incumbent Dave Deyoe, whom she is challenging.
New business filings break 3rd straight state mark

The Iowa secretary of state's office reported 23,649 new business filings in the 2018 fiscal year, breaking the state record for a third consecutive year..."Here we are seeing renewed interest in some of these storefronts we have, especially from local entrepreneurs," Spencer Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bill Campbell said.
ENM Candidate Forum draws 100 residents

The Elko New Market Chamber of Commerce’s Candidate Forum drew 100 area residents interested in finding out about candidates for Elko New Market City Council and mayor, Minnesota House of Representatives District 20A and Scott County Sheriff. 
Our view: Thumbs up on appointing Chamber of Commerce president

It took some time, but the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce finally has a new president. The chamber last week removed the “interim” title from Kathleen Harrington — and not a moment too soon. The organization has been struggling to recover from a controversy that led to the resignation of the previous president in 2017, and this is the necessary first step on the road back.
State chamber, labor groups unite in support of pipeline

The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry announced Tuesday, in cooperation with Nebraska labor leaders, their support of TransCanada’s application to the Nebraska Public Service Commission to site and construct the Keystone XL pipeline.
Long list of new leaders

On Nov. 1, Michael Krings will take over as executive director of the Hastings Economic Development Corporation...Krings once was a city department head and a former member of the Hastings Council. He was a council liaison to the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and served on the board for HEDC and the Community Redevelopment Authority.
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