April 8, 2019
Produced by the Mid-America Chamber Executives
Early Bird Ends Next Week!

Date:  May 1-3, 2019
Location:  Hilton Garden Inn – Sioux Falls, SD
Early Bird Cost:  $235 or Register 3 get the 4 th FREE
Early Bird Price ends April 15 .

The Early Bird price for the 2019 MACE Conference ends next week! Act now and register before prices increase!
Hotel Prices:  $144 or $149 a room

Early Bird Price ends April 15 .
Please note, after the cut off date prices increase to $245 a room and are subject to further price increases.
Did you Know?

Omaha's first postmaster, who was also employed as a bricklayer, surveyor and city councilman, used to carry the letters in his hat. 
Nebraska business leaders draw attention to workforce crisis

Nebraska employers are struggling to find qualified workers to fill tens of thousands of open positions, and business leaders are calling for action to attract, train and retain local graduates and out-of-state prospects...The state's biggest challenge in the coming decade will likely be retaining, attracting and training the people needed to fill jobs, said Bryan Slone, the president of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Shining the light on — and honoring — Nebraska development projects that overcame challenges

The idea of moving a fast-growing tech company into a worn warehouse in a forgotten part of town came with plenty of unknowns and risks...The all-day event, in its 30th year, was founded by Omaha attorney Jerry Slusky. The Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce has joined as a partner.
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The Institute curriculum is comprised of four week-long sessions. Each session is five days and is offered at five locations across the country annually. With courses on topics such as advocacy, media training, membership, finance, legal issues, human resources, and much more, Institute ultimately educates participants on all facets of running an association. To view a full listing of course offerings, click here .  

MACE POLL
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Survey Says:
How often does your chamber post on social media?

Once a day: 41.7%

2-4 times a week: 52.9%

Once a week: 0%

Less thank once a week: 0%
Chamber president steps down

The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for a new president. The Chamber announced in a release on Tuesday, April 2, that it had accepted the resignation of former president Heather Voll.
Why we won't back down about the Diversion

Let me start this message by reminding our embers that we take our chamber's rol seriously when it comes to advocacy, public policy, and working in the best interest of the majority of our local businesses.
Positive reaction from Chamber to USD's efforts to replace the University Center

The University of South Dakota's move to replace the University Center in Sioux Falls is an important step to the workforce training in the community according to Sioux Falls Chamber leader Jason Ball.
Spearfish business leaders reflect upon 2019 Legislative Session

It was a busy Legislative Session in Pierre where lawmakers passed a number of bills aimed at helping grow business in the state...“The Secretary of the Air Force herself who knows Rapid City well pointed out herself that we need to make it easier for spouses and military people to continue their professions and use their licenses when they come to South Dakota,” said David Owen, the president of the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce.
Hornby named new Baraboo Chamber director

A familiar face will lead the Baraboo Area Chamber of Commerce, as the business group named Darren Hornby its new executive director Friday. Formerly of Cell Plus, Hornby has served local nonprofits including the chamber, the Boys & Girls Club and the Kiwanis Club.
In a run-down electric building in downtown Wausau, city leaders see an opportunity

An abandoned brick building sits on the edge of downtown behind the train depot and overlooking the river, covered in overgrown branches...The building was slated for demolition by WPS. So Roberts, along with the Chamber of Commerce, reached out to the company with a proposal to try to turn the building into a coworking space or a brewpub.
Two days after Trump claims wind farms cause cancer, Iowa leaders push for more wind energy investment in the state

Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa business leaders announced a renewed push to expand wind energy in the state Thursday, two days after President Donald Trump bashed wind power and suggested there's a link between the noise from turbines and cancer..."The research clearly shows that what the president said yesterday is not accurate," said Jay Byers, CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership.
Is Windsor Heights ready to pull the plug on its traffic cameras?

Windsor Heights business leaders and at least one city councilman say it’s time for the city to consider removing two traffic cameras on University Avenue that have issued more than 73,000 speeding tickets in the past two years...Local businesses are on board, according to Michael Libbie, executive director of the Windsor Heights Chamber of Commerce
Della Schmidt resigns as Winona chamber president

The Winona Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for a new leader. Della Schmidt, who has served as president of the chamber since 2003, submitted her resignation to the chamber board on Monday.
Eye On Mining: Longtime mining advocate, chamber president retires

From working for former Governor Rudy Perpich to taking on the role as President of the Hibbing Chamber of Commerce, Lory Fedo has a long history with the Iron Range. “It’s just a lot of years,” said Fedo while looking through old photos in her Hibbing office.
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