May 20, 2019
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Nebraska is home to Archie, the biggest mammoth on display anywhere. This  14-foot fossil  was found in 1922 by a rancher in Lincoln County.
5 from Kearney picked for Class XII Leadership Nebraska

The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which organizes Leadership Nebraska, announced the participants for 2019-20 this week, and five of the 30 are from Kearney: Dustin Favinger, Justin Gould, Derek Rusher, Melissa Scott-Pandorf and Marsha Wilkerson.
The Omaha area needs to make public transportation a regional priority

The Omaha area’s future depends in considerable measure on how well it pursues stronger public transportation options...Consider the observation from Rebecca Ryan, a consulting economist who has worked with the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce to develop its new 2040 goals.
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Survey Says:
According to the 2019 MACE Ops Survey what % of chambers have cyber/data breach insurance??

Your Answer:

10%: 76.5%

25%: 23.5%

45%: 0%

63%: 0%

Correct Answer: 25%
'From nothing': North Dakota officials prepare to appoint ethics commission

Top North Dakota officials charged with forming a new panel to oversee ethical standards in state government say they're looking for applicants without an political agenda, as the implementation of last year's ballot measure enters what observers see as a crucial phase...Greater North Dakota Chamber president and CEO Arik Spencer, who helped lead the charge against Measure 1, said the state's lobbyists lawmakers need more "certainty" about the new ethics rules.
A shift to more Mom 'n Pop stores, non-retail at the Rushmore Mall

New retail and service businesses, and even a museum, highlight the new landscape at the Rushmore Mall as the 41-year-old indoor shopping center continues to evolve...Erik Bringswhite, his wife Morgan and partner Tyler Read hosted the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce on Friday for another ribbon-cutting and grand opening of their Native American youth outreach and cultural center called I. AM. Legacy, located in the At Home wing of the mall.
Celebrate Armed Forces Day!

Tomorrow is Armed Forces Day. The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce is holding a ceremony at the main hangar at the South Dakota Air National Guard Base. It is located at South Dakota Air National Guard, Hangar 40, 1201 W. Algonquin St.
Wausau Chamber hires firm to create plans for possible coworking space in historic electric building

Plans are progressing on a  potential coworking space  that business leaders hope will attract young professionals to Wausau. The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday hired McMAHON Group, an engineering and architectural firm based in Neenah, to create a design plan to transform a historic electric building on the river for the possible coworking space.
Finding solutions to the struggling dairy industry

The changing dairy industry is a topic of discussion Monday in La Crosse. Local business leaders, government officials and dairy industry officials gathered to talk about the current state of the agriculture industry...The forum was put on by the La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce.
Leadership Sioux Center wraps fifth year

Eric Tudor hadn’t heard about Sioux Center prior to 2007...Leadership is an educational program offered through the Sioux Center Chamber of Commerce that’s intended for Sioux Center area citizens who have an interest in their community, their leaders and institutions and specific leadership opportunities available in Sioux Center.
Ames Chamber to take local concerns to D.C.

As representatives from the Ames Chamber of Commerce land in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, they hope to bring the issues affecting Iowans to leaders in the nation’s capital. From Tuesday to Thursday, representatives from the Ames Chamber, along with Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, will meet with various officials in Washington, D.C., to discuss issues including trade, renewable energy, immigration and infrastructure.
President Trump, Come to Willmar

In 1949 my aunt and uncle moved from Minneapolis to this town in west-central Minnesota, where they started a small steel distribution company...“and bodies like the Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Commission, the Willmar Area Community Foundation, the employers, the county, local legislators and influential families of wealth. There is a real sense of ownership.”
Deb McMillan to lead Minnesota Chamber's workforce initiatives

The Minnesota Chamber recently announced the hiring of Deb McMillan, TwinWest Chamber's vice president of public policy, to lead the Minnesota Chamber Foundation's Center for Workforce Solutions. This center is a first-of-its-kind in Minnesota business-led initiative that offers research and programs to confront the state's worker shortage and help the economy change and grow.
"We enthusiastically welcome Deb to head up our workforce initiatives," Minnesota Chamber President Doug Loon said in a news release.
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