August 12, 2019
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Ne braska's state nickname used to be the "Tree Planter's State"
Events and their economic impact

Communities, counties and states rely on visitors to the community for tax revenues, business development and employment generation...The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce and its partners (Fonner Park, Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Nebraska State Fair) work diligently to recruit livestock and agricultural shows to Grand Island.
Congressional delegation, Ricketts stress need to ratify NAFTA replacement

Trade was the topic most on the Nebraska congressional delegation's mind Thursday as its five members huddled with several hundred business and civic leaders at the annual Chamber of Commerce legislative summit. 
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Chamber report shows areas of Minot economy picking up

Minot’s economy has picked up slightly in some areas, although the city isn’t seeing the new construction starts that it once did... “We are seeing a small uptick and I think what you are seeing is people understanding what the new normal is and settling in,”  said John MacMartin, Minot Area Chamber of Commerce president.
Trade War Benefiting Some South Dakota Businesses

A recent survey of Mid America businesses by Creighton University found two thirds had felt some impact from the tariffs and trade war with China. Dave Owen, President of the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry, says they surveyed their members too.
Rally vendors reflect on trademark issue

Virginia Rhodes Cycle Shirts’ business operates at the epi-center of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally – Lazelle Street and Junction Avenue...Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc., was born in June of 2010 when the Sturgis Chamber of Commerce board voted to convey the trademarks to a new organization.
Job fair: Military hiring event set for Aug. 22 at Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center

The Sheboygan Area SHRM chapter will hold a military hiring event Aug. 22 at the Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center...The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is promoting  Hiring our Heroes, a program for recently discharged military service people and their families  at the event.
University, business leaders discuss future of education in La Crosse

Leaders in our area are discussing the state of higher education in Western Wisconsin. The La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a forum this morning in La Crosse. Leaders from UW-La Crosse, Western Technical College and Viterbo University were on hand for the forum.
'This is epic': Major League Baseball is coming to the Field of Dreams

They built it and they still are coming. Major League Baseball is coming, too, and bringing its show to Eastern Iowa and the Field of Dreams...“This is epic,” Karla Thompson, executive director of the  Dyersville Chamber of Commerce , said Thursday morning.
United Way of North Central Iowa sets annual fundraising goal of $826,000

United Way of North Central Iowa held a kickoff event for its annual fundraising campaign at the Mason City Chamber of Commerce Center on Thursday. United Way staff was joined by the United Way Board of Directors, fellow nonprofit agencies, volunteers and community members to announce this year's slogan, "Where there's a you, there's a way," and a fundraising goal of $826,000.
Ken Warner: A critical vote on trade

Congress faces an important choice in its upcoming vote on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. USMCA is critical to our economic future because it will preserve and strengthen U.S. trade ties to Canada and Mexico, which are by far the largest markets for U.S. exports.
WE Fest brings brief economic boom, but no one knows how much

The Detroit Lakes economy has been enjoying a brief boom this week thanks to the thousands of country music fans in town for WE Fest — though reports from local business and community leaders suggest the boom isn’t as big as it used to be...That self-containment means “the retail impact has changed,” says Detroit Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce President Carrie Johnston. 
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