April 29, 2019
Produced by the Mid-America Chamber Executives
MACE Conference!

Date: May 1 -3, 2019
Location: Hilton Garden Inn
201 E 8th Street
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57103
Did you Know?

The cheesehead hat actually debuted at a Brewers, not a Packers, game. It was popularized by Brewers outfielder Rick Manning when a dugout photo of him wearing the now-iconic wedge appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Greater Wausau Young Professionals Conference

The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce, is proud to present the Greater Wausau Young Professionals Conference.
Mayors Monday: Wisconsin Rapids' Zach Vruwink

One of Wisconsin Rapids' primary road construction projects for 2019 is underway just days after the last round of snow for the season..."We're working with business to get signage up, the Chamber of Commerce is working with them to run promotions and specials.
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Institute for Organization Management (Institute) is the premier continuing education experience for chamber professionals. Since 1921, the Institute program has educated and empowered chamber executives with the knowledge and skills they need to be leaders in their organizations and industry.

The Institute curriculum is comprised of four week-long sessions. Each session is five days and is offered at five locations across the country annually. With courses on topics such as advocacy, media training, membership, finance, legal issues, human resources, and much more, Institute ultimately educates participants on all facets of running an association. To view a full listing of course offerings, click here .  

Is your chamber active on the childcare availability issue?
Survey Says:
Does your chamber have cyber/data breach insurance?

Yes: 14.8%

No: 85.2%
Advocates Hope New Center In Keokuk Will Help Address Growing Childcare Shortage

A new childcare center opening in Keokuk this week will eventually offer space to 110 children. Advocates say the program is a needed step in addressing what they call a  chronic shortage ... Keokuk Area Chamber of Commerce  Director Shelley Oltmans played a key role in developing the center and is serving as its director.
Ron Hallenbeck retires from Ames Chamber of Commerce after 12 years

Even though Ron Hallenbeck is retiring from his role as executive vice president of the Ames Chamber of Commerce today, April 30, Ames will always remain his home. “We have no desire to leave Ames. We are going to travel, but this is our home,” he said. “I’m not leaving. After working here, I don’t know how to leave.”
EDA, Chamber learn how one city survived construction

"Own it!" That was the simple message St. Peter city administrator Todd Prafke told members of the New Prague Economic Development Authority and the New Prague Chamber of Commerce when the two held a joint meeting Wednesday, April 17, in the New Prague City Hall.
Mankato bucks trend of rural population decline

In 29 of 30 non-metro counties in southern Minnesota, it's the same story — more Americans are moving out than moving in...That's been the trend in recent years, said John Considine, director of regional business intelligence for Greater Mankato Growth, the local chamber of commerce and economic development organization.
Nebraska must pursue strategy on workforce growth

Nebraska faces a major workforce shortage in a wide range of jobs. Bryan Slone, president of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is right when he says, "This is now the most pressing economic issue in the state."
From the Chamber: Educators, industry working together to improve workforce

There’s been a lot of discussion about our nation’s workforce or lack thereof for a while now...The Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a VIP Business and Industry tour of the conference. During this tour we heard from SkillsUSA executive director Timothy Lawrence. 
Former Gov. Schafer: Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion costs spiraling 'out of control'

Former North Dakota Gov. Ed Schafer is concerned that the cost of the $2.75 billion flood diversion project is spiraling “out of control” to the point it could become unaffordable...Mark Nisbet, Xcel Energy’s principal North Dakota manager and a leader in the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce’s support for the diversion, said he met with the group Schafer has been talking to.
Things to know today

The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce offices will be relocating to the Landmark Building at 1411 W. Dakota Parkway starting May 1.
Immigration debate hampers guest worker programs critical to SD businesses

The intensely partisan and politicized national debate over immigration policies has cast a cloud of uncertainty over guest worker programs that for years have helped provide employees to seasonal South Dakota businesses that cannot find enough American workers...“I’ve heard a lot of fear and concern over not being able to staff for the summer because of problems with the visa programs,” said Richard Greene, president of the Keystone Chamber of Commerce and manager of the Rushmore Express hotel. 
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.
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