March 18, 2019
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MACE Awards

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.
If you know a chamber within the MACE region that is deserving of recognition, choose a category below, fill out the form, and nominate them to be recognized at the Annual Conference in May.
Did you Know?

Known for her dairy production, Wisconsin actually leads the nation in exports of cranberries, whey, ginseng root and sweet corn.
Flooding recovery efforts underway in Lodi

Recovery efforts are underway in Lodi after a rapid snow melt and rainfall last week resulted in flooding that caused damage to several businesses along Spring Creek on South Main Street. Approximately 10 to 12 businesses, many without insurance, were affected by the flooding, leaving them on their own to cover cleanup costs, according to Kristi McMorris, executive director of the Lodi and Lake Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce.
Wausau Chamber Holds Economic Outlook Meeting

The Wausau Chamber of Commerce held their annual economic outlook meeting Thursday morning. The meeting focused on how to move the Wausau areas economic future forward. President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, Dave Eckmann told WAOW-TV that the Chamber noticed the challenge areas for the region and put together a 5 to 10-year economic plan.
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Institute for Organization Management (Institute) is the premier continuing education experience for chamber professionals. Since 1921, the Institute program has educated and empowered chamber executives with the knowledge and skills they need to be leaders in their organizations and industry.

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 .  

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Maquoketa receives $500,000 grant from Iowa Economic Development Authority for downtown upper story housing project

Maquoketa has received a $500,000 grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority for a downtown upper story housing project...For the past few months the Jackson County Economic Alliance (JCEA), East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA), the Maquoketa Chamber of Commerce, 563 Design, and the Maquoketa Art Experience have been working on an application for the Iowa Economic Develepoment Authority's pilot program.
Registration open for 37th Walleye Weekend

Calling all anglers: Get ready to kick off the 2019 walleye season May 4-5 in the Iowa Great Lakes during the 37th Annual Walleye Weekend. Top prize for catching a specially-tagged walleye is $37,000 and the cost of the tournament is $25 for entrants aged 16 and older and $15 for those aged 15 and younger...Registration forms will also be available at Fisherman's Factory Outlet, Kabele's Trading Post, Oh Shucks, Stan’s Bait & Tackle and at the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce office in just a few short weeks.
Paid-leave debate splits Minnesota business owners

As Charles Johnson preps ingredients and fills orders at the Butter Bakery Cafe in Minneapolis, he's got a lot on his mind. The 23-year-old cook is about to become a dad..."This is a very expansive program," said Laura Bordelon, senior vice president of advocacy for the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.
Pot of Gold winner at Chamber event

The Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated a Pot of Gold winner at its Wake Up Alexandria event at Lake Community Church on Friday, March 1st. Business Network International (BNI) Runestone Chapter won the drawing, which included a prize package valued at $5,099.75.
Higher tax on millionaires shelved by Legislature

The Legislature's Revenue Committee on Monday shelved a bill to increase state income taxes on millionaires and other high-income Nebraskans...Among those lining up in opposition to the proposal at its public hearing in January were representatives of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, the Nebraska Bankers Association and the Lincoln Independent Business Association.
Nebraska in running for USDA office relocation

Nebraska remains in the running to become the new home for a pair of U.S. Department of Agriculture programs...The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce, Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and Omaha Chamber of Commerce have also signed onto the proposal.
North Dakota Senate approves bill banning local minimum wage hikes

North Dakota cities would be prevented from raising their minimum wages above the state mandate under a bill sent to Gov. Doug Burgum Monday, March 18, although officials in the state’s major municipalities said the idea isn’t on their radar...He said groups that supported the bill, including the Greater North Dakota Chamber, worried about a "patchwork" of employer pay requirements.
Bismarck, Mandan businesses see value in North Dakota 'blue law'

Matt Mitzel enjoys the peace and quiet of a Sunday morning...That's a concern Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC President Brian Ritter said he's heard amid the blue law debate: Would businesses be able to staff their stores before noon on Sunday? 
Are you 16 and dreaming of one day running Sioux Falls? Here's how you can get involved now.

As part of its first community service project, Leadership Sioux Falls is focused on developing today's youth to be tomorrow's leaders. The 33rd class of community leaders is hosting its first  Sioux Falls Rising Leaders Summit in Apri l, giving local high school sophomores and juniors a chance to network and mingle with some of the city's biggest movers and shakers, said Katie Ashmore, a member of the leadership development program fostered by the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.
Basketball tournament a slam dunk for Rapid City economy

A lot of the people in Rapid City for the State Basketball Tournament came a couple of days early to beat the weather...The Rapid City Chamber of Commerce says each family can bring thousands of dollars to hotels, restaurants and stores. Business leaders say while the tournament brings in the bucks for Rapid City, it also benefits towns across the state.
FLEXING SOLAR MUSCLE:   As of fall 2018, Enbridge’s office in Bemidji is powered by solar energy as part of a partnership between Enbridge and Native American-owned businesses, contractors and labor. The project, using photovoltaic panels manufactured in Bemidji, aligns with Enbridge’s Indigenous Peoples Policy and Climate Change Policy. WATCH:
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