September 2, 2019
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Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce: Commits to organize U.S. Census Complete Count Committee focused on veteran and military engagement in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce announced Wednesday that it will organize and lead a U.S. Census Complete Count Committee dedicated to engaging Wisconsin military service members, veterans, and their families in the 2020 Census. U.S. Census Bureau’s Complete Count Committees are coalitions made of up individuals, groups, and organizations dedicated to increasing awareness about the census and motivating residents to respond.
A passion for the community; Chamber member plays important role in recovery

It will be a while before Wisconsin Rapids area forgets about the damage done by the July storms. Fortunately, thanks to the help of the entire county, the city will not soon forget about its impressive recovery efforts either. Krista Coon, vice president of the Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce, played an important role in pulling the community together in the time of crisis. Coon has a “passion for the community,” that has motivated her to become involved
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Oskaloosa Recognized In New Future Ready Iowa Employer Innovation Fund

Governor Kim Reynolds announced the first 13 recipients of the new Future Ready Iowa Employer Innovation Fund, a matching grant designed to help employers carry out solutions to help their employees achieve postsecondary training and education...Locally, the workforce committee at the Oskaloosa Area Chamber & Development Group has been meeting monthly, setting goals for future workforce initiatives to take place in Mahaska County.
Child care slots: Too few, too expensive

Jennifer Bana, the vice president for advocacy and external affairs for the Iowa City Chamber of Commerce, said she remembers how expensive daycare was when she had little ones. "When they were growing up, it was the kind of thing you just suffered through. You pay the same as college tuition if you can afford it. You just do it," Banta said.
Tourism statewide, locally shows strong growth

A recent report from Explore Minnesota revealed that the state’s tourism industry had an excellent summer and that Minnesota’s lodging industry is optimistic about the near-term future...Locally, the Minne-roadtrip partnership between the Northfield, Faribault and Owatonna Chambers of Commerce and Tourism has focused on attracting day-trippers to the area by publicizing local events and attractions. 
Clinton Falls exit on I-35 to receive lights for travelers

Over the past several years, weary travelers have been stopping in to hotels on the north side of Owatonna during the dead of night with the same story and concern: “It sure is dark on that exit.” According to Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism president and CEO Brad Meier, all the hotels in that area have been hearing the same thing. Just off the Clinton Falls exit on Interstate 35 the road is incredibly dark as soon as the sun goes down.
Community colleges play a key role in meeting Nebraska workforce needs

More than 36,000 jobs have gone unfilled this year across Nebraska, the state Department of Labor reports. Bryan Slone, president of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry, calls the state’s workforce shortage “the most pressing economic issue in the state.” Nebraska’s community colleges are among the key institutions for addressing the challenge.
Rolling through town: Army vehicle convoy makes stop in Schuyler

Schuyler residents recently got a blast from the past when dozens of old-school military vehicles made their way through town...Convoy members were greeted with open arms, as the Oak Ballroom served as the site of a luncheon put on by the Schuyler Area Chamber of Commerce. 
Tourism in North Dakota, Minnesota: Spend millions, reap billions

Minnesota and North Dakota have healthy budgets for tourism marketing as they try to attract visitors to the region's attractions...North Dakota Tourism is evolving to keep up with changing times — because it has to. As Arik Spencer, president and CEO of the Greater North Dakota Chamber, explains, not only has tourism historically been one of the largest industries in the state, but it’s also an important economic driver for other sectors.
'I recruit hard:' North Dakota worker shortage persists amid low national unemployment

When Scott Wirth took the job of human resource manager at Roers three years ago, he had no trouble finding carpenters and laborers for construction projects...Arik Spencer, president and CEO of the Greater North Dakota Chamber, noticed the change, too. “When the economy around the country in different states turned around, a lot of people went back to where they’re from,” he said.
Uncovering Sioux Falls' identity

Research is underway to create a visual Sioux Falls brand - basically, a new logo that represents all facets of the community. It won't be easy. "Absolutely it's a challenge, and it's a fun challenge and I'm looking forward to seeing what the outcome will be," says Jennie Doyen with the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.
Young Leaders Riding High in Buffalo, SD

“Taylor and I have traveled all the way to the far northwest corner of KELOLAND. We’re in Buffalo, South Dakota in Harding County home Tipperary, the famous bucking horse, prehistoric dinosaurs, as well as a three-toed wolf and now one of the youngest Chambers of Commerce in KELOLAND, said KELOLAND On the Road host, Mike Huether. 
BRIGHTER FUTURE: Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Project will create thousands of construction jobs and is based on safety and environmental protection, to which Audrey, a pipeliner for 20 years, encourages Native Americans like herself to get trained and find pipeline work.
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