June 10, 2019
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The American Birkebeiner, a 52K cross-country ski race between Cable and Hayward, is the largest on the North American continent.
Foxconn's innovation center in Eau Claire sees little progress

Foxconn Technology Group officials promised last July to bring a share of the largest economic development project in Wisconsin history to the Chippewa Valley. David Minor, president of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce, said he hasn’t heard an update on the local Foxconn project for several months, but he is not alarmed by the delay...In this case, Minor speculated the delay in the Eau Claire project is likely related to changes in the company’s plans for a $10 billion manufacturing facility in Racine County it says will employ up to 13,000 people. 
NR Chamber receives tourism grant for Park Art Fair

The New Richmond Chamber of Commerce is celebrating 52 years of Park Art Fair with help from a $2,000 Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) Grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. As one of the oldest running art fairs in western Wisconsin, the Park Art Fair features more than 125 arts and crafts vendors selling pottery, furniture, jewelry, paintings, ceramics, wood crafts and more.
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Does your chamber have any special programs for agriculture?
Survey Says:
How many summer events/programs does your chamber usually hold?

1: 9.1%

2 or 3: 40.9%

4 or 5: 22.7%

More than 5: 27.3%
Iowa’s leaders are putting jobs before politics

A fresh class full of bright young engineers, agronomists, plant scientists and other budding technologists just graduated from Iowa State University of Science and Technology...Time and again at the Ames Chamber of Commerce, we hear from local business leaders who are struggling to hire skilled workers.
Council Bluffs Chamber to begin search for new CEO

Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Dan Koenig has announced he will resign. Koenig presented his resignation to the Chamber Board on Friday. His resignation is effective July 5. “I’ve been eyeing a new opportunity and the timing is right,” Koenig said in a press release.
'International Falls' makes Minnesota debut

A movie that takes place in Borderland made its Minnesota debut this week. “International Falls” was shown at the Duluth Superior Film Festival Sunday night, and a few local residents made the trip to the Twin Ports to see it on the big screen...Tricia Heibel, president of the International Falls Chamber of Commerce, also attended Sunday’s film festival and said she couldn’t miss an opportunity to see the movie.
Kresha and Gazelka get questions, praise and challenges at legislative update

At the annual Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce’s spring legislative update, Rep. Ron Kresha, R-Little Falls, and Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa, gave their take on the Legislature’s session, answered questions and listened to comments.
Omaha Initiative Aims to Add 10,000 High-Paying Jobs

An Omaha business development initiative is focusing on attracting more high-paying jobs to the city and retaining talent.The Omaha World-Herald reports that the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce's "Prosper 2.0" aims to add 10,000 jobs paying $50,000 and above, and create a diverse and inclusive business climate.
Meeting the need for qualified workers

Every year the Nebraska State Chamber of Commerce travels the state talking about their priorities for the state legislature. Every year that I’ve attended, the message has been the same on the need to lower our state taxes. When they came to McCook last fall, I was ready to hear the same message. I was surprised.
Several North Dakota Bridges in Need of Repair According to TRIP

A new report shows many of North Dakota’s bridges aren’t up to standard. Eleven percent of the state’s rural bridges are rated as poor or structurally deficient according to the national non-profit TRIP...The head of the state Chamber of Commerce says this report shows a need for more investment in the state’s transportation system. 
Supporters rally around NDSCS president before meetings on negative audit

Local business leaders and student senators have written letters of support for the North Dakota State College of Science president ahead of meetings on a state audit that accused the school of acting inappropriately in conducting business related to a planned career workforce academy...One of the letters was from the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce, and was published Tuesday on the newspaper’s website. “It is disturbing to hear of the negative press Dr. Richman has received,” the Chamber wrote. 
Farmer reacts to special delivery from Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce

Many farmers are taking advantage of recent nice weather to get in the fields. With planting delays and trade wars, farmers have had a lot to deal with this spring. That's why one group set out to deliver cookies and positive notes to farmers in the area.  KELOLAND News followed along Tuesday . Now, another local farmer explains how this small gesture is making an impact.
SD Governor’s Pheasant Hunt moving to Sioux Falls in 2020

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says the annual Governor's Pheasant Hunt is moving to Sioux Falls and will become a sportsmen's convention open to the public next year...The head of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, Jason Ball, tells KELO radio Sioux Falls' interstate location and airport connections make the city an ideal location.
Job Posting: President & CEO, Winona Area Chamber of Commerce

The Winona Area Chamber of Commerce seeks an energetic, full-time President and CEO with vision as successor to its highly regarded executive of 20 years. Winona is a thriving, ever-changing city that embraces diversity while still holding tightly to its small town flavor. It is large enough to support a wide variety of local, national and international businesses as well as three institutions of higher education, yet it remains small enough to call “home.”
Essential Job Responsibilities include planning long-range policies for achievement of important organization goals, Supervising supervision and management of all committees and task forces, resolving all staff/personnel problems, general management of organization’s finances, and directing membership efforts.
For more information and to apply to the position please review the  Position Profile.
Cover letters and resumes should be sent to:  info@dowellmgmt.com by J uly 12th.
DIVERSITY, PARITY, AND ADVANCING WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE: Enbridge earns a spot on Bloomberg’s 2019 Gender Equality Index as one of 230 companies committed to advancing women. READ: https://www.enbridge.com/Stories/2019/January/Bloomberg-2019-Gender-Equality-Index.aspx
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