December 3, 2019
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The highest double track railroad bridge in the world, the Kate Shelley Bridge, is located at Boone, Iowa.
Eldora Plans for Iowa’s Ride

Last week it was announced that Iowa’s Ride, the new cross-state bike ride, will be stopping in Eldora as an overnight stop in July...“The drone footage we were seeing shared on Facebook, we wanted use it to our benefit to promote the area to promote conservation, things to do, places to go and see within the area of the greenbelt,” said Brady Winter, Eldora Chamber of Commerce president.
Small businesses owners face short shopping season

Thanksgiving landed on the latest possible day this year meaning a week less for holiday shopping and even more important for small business owners to advertise...“I think it is getting harder and harder for small businesses because of all of the costs that come with it,” said Kim Casko with the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce.
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Does your chamber do any programming around Small Business Saturday?
Survey Says:
Does your chamber participate in or host any holiday specific events?

Yes: 69.2%

No: 30.8%
St. Paul Chamber chief says city needs more officers on street

For more than 13 years — 11 at the St. Paul Port Authority and the past two-plus as president and CEO of the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce — B Kyle has worked mostly behind the scenes, quietly building relationships to boost the capital city’s development fortunes. Now Kyle said it’s time to step out more forcefully for her 1,200 members. The first big issue? Public safety.
Minnesota says new federal pollution rules would 'kneecap' water protections

A federal proposal to streamline water-quality laws would “kneecap” Minnesota regulators and effectively remove their authority to protect drinking water, rivers, streams and wildlife from dozens of new projects each year, state officials have warned in a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency...Minnesota’s business community, however, welcomes the changes, according to Tony Kwilas, director of environmental policy for the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.
‘Commit to Complete’ campaign encourages Nebraska students to graduate on time

The leaders of Nebraska’s public higher education institutions, Gov. Pete Ricketts and the business community have joined in launching a statewide campaign that aims to minimize college costs and grow the workforce by encouraging students to graduate on time...The Nebraska, Kearney, Omaha and Lincoln chambers have all endorsed “Commit to Complete” as a strategy for growing a skilled workforce for the state. “If we want Nebraska to remain competitive, we will need to produce more college graduates in every corner of the state. That includes rural communities, where workforce shortages in some areas are especially urgent,” said Derek Rusher, president and CEO of the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce.
Low wage jobs account for 40 percent of Omaha workforce, Brookings Institute finds

Four out of 10 people in Omaha are working in low wage jobs, according to data collected by the Brookings Institute. The findings flashed on screens in front of the region's business leaders at the Greater Omaha Chamber's annual economic outlook event Tuesday.
Why should Williston shop small?

Local businesses are preparing for one of the busiest holiday weekends of the year...The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce is encouraging everyone to shop at new businesses this year, like the children’s clothing boutique, Lilac Lane. This shop is one of many that are being planted in the community.
Make Your Mark

MAKE YOUR MARK is a Chamber EDC initiative that addresses the ongoing workforce challenges facing Bismarck-Mandan. As out region’s thriving economy continues to grow, so does our community’s need to attract and retain a talented workforce. As a way promote the many professional opportunities we have in our community, the Chamber EDC has developed a series of workforce development initiatives to highlight the Bismarck-Mandan community and the career options available.
Sioux Falls Mayor Proclaims Small Business Saturday

According to the Small Business Administration, 99% of businesses in South Dakota are small businesses. That includes everything from family farms to specialty boutiques...The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce alone has two thousand members—60% of them have 10 or fewer employees. Dr. Dave Kapasca is the interim president of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber.
South Dakota Youth Business Adventure

South Dakota Youth Business Adventure is a week-long summer program, planned and implemented by business people for the purpose of opening the world of South Dakota business opportunities to the state's young people. With ever tightening school budgets, many South Dakota high schools no longer offer a full business curriculum.
Beaver Dam Area Chamber of Commerce President Phil Fritsche takes job in Illinois

An prominent organization in Beaver Dam will lose its long-time leader. Phil Fritsche, president of the Beaver Dam Area Chamber of Commerce, announced Monday that he submitted his resignation to the chamber's board of directors. He is leaving to head up the chamber in Crystal Lake, Illinois, a large suburb of Chicago. Fritsche's last day will be Dec. 13.
Transportation and logistics leaders talk the trade

New York, Houston and even Chattanooga, Tennessee, may be leading the nation in transportation and logistics, but there's no reason Green Bay can't also be a national leader.

That's one message hauled home at a Greater Green Bay Chamber event focusing on the topic Nov. 20.
BRIGHTER FUTURE: Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Project will create thousands of construction jobs and is based on safety and environmental protection, to which Audrey, a pipeliner for 20 years, encourages Native Americans like herself to get trained and find pipeline work. WATCH:
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