November 5, 2018
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Iowa's only fire tower is situated in Yellow River State Forest.
Ames vying for the chance to host two U.S. Department of Agriculture divisions

During a presentation on jobs and economic development to the Story County Board of Supervisors last week, Dan Culhane, president and CEO at Ames Chamber of Commerce & Ames Economic Development Commission, talked briefly about a possibility that Ames and Story County could be selected as a location for two divisions of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Clinton County is 'child care' desert

Clinton County, like other counties across the state, is facing a shortage of child care options available for working parents. During a child care forum Wednesday at the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce, Iowa Child Care Resource and Referral Recruitment and Retention Specialist Chelsea VanDaele said the number of child care programs in Clinton County decreased from 10,000 in 2012 to 6,000 in 2017.
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Will higher taxes, unclear goals doom St. Paul schools referendum?

Eye-popping tax proposals and a half-baked strategic plan could make Tuesday’s St. Paul Public Schools referendum an unusually hard sell in a city that’s historically opened its wallets to support public education...The St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce board, which endorsed the 2012 referendum, failed to reach a consensus this year and is not taking a public position, spokeswoman Shannon Watson said.
CEO of Allete speaks at Chamber of Commerce dinner

There were more than 1,200 seats at the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce dinner. But the keynote speaker referenced only one. "A seat at the table," said Al Hodnik, CEO of Allete on Thursday night at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.
South Sioux Chamber hosts Candidate Forum and Dakota County Commissioner Candidates

Candidates come together in South Sioux City to discuss the issues and answer questions. Local leaders say the chamber of commerce wanted to give South Sioux City voters the opportunity to listen to the candidates before casting their ballots.
Lincoln senators identify priorities; Nebraska chamber outlines growth strategy

Sen. Kate Bolz of Lincoln said Wednesday that one of her top priorities for the 2019 legislative session will be "making up for lost ground" in terms of funding for the University of Nebraska and programs administered by the Department of Health and Human Services...Bryan Slone, president of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry, told the gathering that there are 58,000 jobs open and unfilled in Nebraska and that is a challenge that is "limiting the growth potential of Nebraska."
For new chamber director, it's all about community

New executive director of the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce Emily Bivens believes she brings with her a strong background of skills and experience related to people, connecting and community. Chamber board chair Jason Rohr said her experience with the Jamestown community and tourism and her familiarity with the chamber was the reason she got the job.
Voters to Decide Whether North Dakota Needs Ethics Watchdog

Supporters of a constitutional amendment to overhaul  North Dakota 's government ethics have been told they have a solution in search of a problem and they can't point to any scandal that would justify the measure...The Greater North Dakota Chamber, the state's largest business organization, has worked against the measure.
Advocating for Brandon is way of life for Kim Cerwick

It takes a lot of different people to create a successful community. From the mayor and fire chief to volunteers, city administrators and the police chief, there’s always a mix of quality people that make up a strong and prosperous city.
Appleton program for veteran businesses gets grant

Veteran business development programs in Appleton are one of six receiving $400,000 in grants from the state...Other recipients are Ashland Area Development Corporation, Ashland; Horse Sense for Special Riders, La Crosse; Indianhead Community Action Agency Inc., Ladysmith; Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce, Milwaukee; and the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp.
Off Beat: New tool available for regional employers

The phrase is simple yet catchy. Local officials also hope it helps the Chippewa Valley broaden its workforce. “We heard from many employers that all the great things happening in the Chippewa Valley can be a selling point for recruiting talent into the community, but that they’d like a tool to more effectively communicate it,” said Scott Rogers, governmental affairs and workforce director for the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce. 
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