July 29, 2019
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Iowa had only been a state for 15 years when the Civil War started.

Still recovering from summer floods, Davenport reconsiders a flood wall it has long rejected

Hundreds of communities line the Mississippi River on its 2,348-mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico, but Davenport, Iowa, stands out for the simple reason that people there can actually dip their toes in the river without scaling a flood wall, levee or other impediment..."We saw water go where water has never gone before, so it really shook the community and it awakened all of us to say, 'What are we doing? Is this a new reality for us?'" said Paul Rumler, the leader of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce.
Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce moving locations next week

The Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce will make its move next week to a new location in downtown Iowa City. The chamber will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday as workers move items to their new location, at the MERGE co-working space on the Pedestrian Mall, 136 S. Dubuque St.
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Dakota County Regional Chamber to study transit needs and opportunities

Dakota County employers need and want better transit service. How to provide that better service, and the benefits of doing so, will be the subject of a new initiative just launched by the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber of Commerce to host Noontime Knowledge on climate change

The Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce’s Noontime Knowledge luncheon will go over climate change and how it impacts us now and in the future. 
Bomgaars to open in former Shopko building this fall

Bomgaars, a farm and ranch supply company with retail stores in seven states, will open its 90th store in North Platte’s former Shopko building this fall, a regional manager for the firm told The Telegraph Friday...Gary Person, president and CEO of North Platte Area Chamber & Development Corp., called Bomgaars’ plans “very welcome news” that should energize retail renewal in the business district dominated by Platte River Mall.
Kearney audience among first to hear Blueprint Nebraska report

Attendees of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s annual fall forums will be among the first Nebraska residents to get an in-person briefing on the results of the Blueprint Nebraska strategic planning process. The 30-community tour starts Aug. 12 and includes an Aug. 15 stop in Kearney. The tour concludes in late October and is being held in coordination with local chambers of commerce and community organizations.
Proposed plan could replace special assessments

Street repairs are necessary but expensive for those who benefit, because of special assessments..."They should a real reception, a real willingness to listen to the concept, and work forward with us on this idea. Because we're gonna need their help, and I think they're fielding the same comments and the same concerns and the same questions from their constituents as we're receiving on the local level," Bismarck-Mandan Chamber EDC President Brian Ritter said.
Closing hour comes for North Dakota 'blue laws'

Monte Preabt sat in his vehicle outside the Bismarck Menards, waiting for the clock to strike noon...In a state with about 30,000 open jobs by the governor's estimate, businesses that choose to expand Sunday hours could be faced with a staffing challenge, according to Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC President Brian Ritter. "How do they adapt? How do they adjust?" he said. "How will they change scheduling patterns to try to fill a void now or try to staff extended hours on Sundays?"
Jason Ball to leave Chamber of Commerce as president and CEO, Dave Kapaska to assume interim role

The president and CEO of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce is stepping down from the role effective Aug. 16. Jason Ball is leaving for a similar position in the Austin, Texas area, at the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce, the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors announced Wednesday afternoon. 
USD Gives Boost To Vermillion Now! 3

The Vermillion Now! 3 economic development campaign was in very good shape mid-way through the July 17 luncheon meeting of the Vermillion Rotary Club when Vermillion Chamber and Economic Development CEO Nate Welch began his presentation about the campaign to club members.
Rapids Chamber encouraging business owners to report damage

The Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce is asking business owners in Wisconsin Rapids to report the dollar value of their storm damage. "We're collecting that list so we can try to secure some funding with no interest so these businesses need additional funds to combat the devastation, those resources will be available," said Chamber President Angel Whitehead.
IN DEPTH: Murals seen as downtown revitalization to ol

As businesses fled downtowns in communities all over Wisconsin in favor of sprawling shopping districts in the 1990s and early 2000s, small groups of owners organized to hang onto and promote the culture that held commercial districts together for more than a century...“I think that cooperation with the wall owner is unique to our process,” said Portage Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marianne Hanson.
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