July, 2019
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The 911 system of emergency communications, now used nationwide, was developed and first used in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Will job board be enough to lure tech workers to 'super region' of Omaha-Lincoln?

Fifty-seven miles separate the urban centers of Omaha and Lincoln, but economic developers in Nebraska hope tech talent sees the two cities as the same destination... A statement from the Greater Omaha Chamber says along with the jobs portal the effort will include "an aggressive, targeted marketing campaign in select markets."
From the Chamber: Young Professionals: Taking a look at the bigger picture

When we meet with various Grand Island business about things they worry about, two topics are frequently mention: workforce and employee retention. That’s when we mention the Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals program. The program is designed to help immerse young professionals into our community.
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Does your chamber have an official position on Foreign Trade & Tariffs?
Survey Says:
Will your chamber offices be opened July 5, 2019?

Yes: 72.5%

No: 27.5%
July Connection

July is a good time to kick back, take a vacation and enjoy some well-deserved time off. And who could blame you? It seems as though this community just never stops with new opportunities, new challenges, and new dynamics. It just comes with the territory when you live in a place like Bismarck-Mandan that's growing.
'It's nice to be home': Police chief aims to keep Brandon safe

When Joe Weir took the job as Brandon police chief in April, it was a homecoming of sorts...“This is kind of home for us.” said Weir, 56, at the Brandon Valley Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon last week. “This is a chance to come back and serve a smaller department, which kind of appeals to me, and serve a community that I know and cherish.”
VCDC Announces New Director Of Strategic Communications & Tourism

The Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce & Development Company (VCDC) is excited to share the promotion of Megan Davidson as their new Director of Strategic Communications & Tourism. Davidson, who joined the VCDC in March 2019 as an executive assistant to the President & CEO Nate Welch, assumed her new role earlier this month.
What impact is the Trump administration's trade dispute with China having on Wisconsin?

President Donald Trump's global trade battles may be fought a long way from Wisconsin, but local retailers, farms and other small businesses are keeping close watch...Peter Thillman, vice president of economic development and workforce at the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce, said the effect of the trade dispute on consumers is somewhat muted by the current state of the U.S. economy.
Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce opposes Common Council's public works projects proposal

The Chamber of Commerce renewed its opposition Monday to a city proposal to change the way it subsidizes the costs of certain public works projects. The Oshkosh Common Council is considering a proposal to replace special assessments — charging property owners based on the number of feet adjacent to road work — with a transportation utility, which would charge property owners a monthly fee based on the size and type of property.
Go Treasure Hunting

Three times each summer three locations around the Lakes see vendors show their wares for antique shoppers and hidden treasure seekers...“It’s a huge economic benefit to have the flea markets here,” said Blain Andera, CEO of the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. 
Quad Cities Chamber could lead new development group in Bettendorf

The Quad Cities Chamber and the city itself may partner up on a new development group for the downtown. The  Downtown Bettendorf Organization (DBO) ,a division of the Chamber, would run the “development, marketing, promotion, and management of activities and events” in that area, according to a press release sent out by the group.
Winona Chamber celebrates "Family Night on the Farm"

Families and friends were celebrating the economic importance of agriculture with "Family Night on the Farm" this Wednesday. The Winona Chamber provides a fun family event at a local family owned dairy farm each year to recognize the agriculture industry in Minnesota. 
Swine production big business — globally and in Marshall

Pigs are big business in Minnesota — the state is one of the top pork producers in the country, after Iowa, Greg Boerboom said. Part of the reason is because the Midwest is where the pig feed is...Marshall area residents got a chance to learn a little more about the pork industry on Tuesday as part of an Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce AgriBusiness event held at Boerboom Ag Resources.
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