August 20, 2018
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Minnesota has one recreational boat per every six people; that's 909,528 boats, more than the population of South Dakota (and North Dakota).
Chamber of Commerce names new president

Ned Koppen has built a lot of relationships in his 30-plus years working in Fairmont. He believes they will serve him well in his new role as Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce president.
Tariffs bring vigilance, not panic, to area businesses

With $159 million in exports from Minnesota businesses to China facing increased tariffs — called trade restrictive countermeasures — businesses across the state could feel the effect of a trade war...“Minnesota is clearly impacted,” said Doug Loon, president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. “Target and Best Buy, with all their TVs, 3M, the boat industry.”
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UNK contributes millions to the Kearney area's economy

As students flood back into the town before school starts, the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) looks at the economic impact they have on the community...The Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce also said Kearney comes alive when the students are back in town.
Greater Omaha 2040 envisions a bright future

It's 2040 and Greater Omaha has emerged as one of America’s great next-generation regions...Such is the vision of Greater Omaha 2040, a Strategic 4Sight (“S4S”) initiative launched in 2017 by the Greater Omaha Chamber, United Way of the Midlands and Urban League of Nebraska to identify the area’s most critical trends and plausible futures.
ND ethics measure opponents call it 'witch hunt'

Opponents of an initiated measure aimed at improving ethics in state government criticized the effort as a "witch hunt," while the measure's committee members say it would improve accountability...The Greater North Dakota Chamber policy summit hosted the discussion.
ND House race: Armstrong, Schneider differ in stances on health care, trade, abortion

A fire alarm added six minutes of excitement to an otherwise calm debate between the two party nominees for North Dakota's lone House seat. Republican Kelly Armstrong and Democrat Mac Schneider teed off Thursday night, Aug. 16, in Bismarck in their second debate of the House race, hosted by the Greater North Dakota Chamber and moderated by KFYR.
Chamber of Commerce in support of Sioux Falls School District bond referendum

With just a little more than a month until the Sioux Falls School District asks for your support of a $190 million bond referendum, the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce is backing the project, saying it's about more than just new schools.
Forward Fest to bring together small business owners, local athletes, aspiring entrepreneurs

Where can you find people who write computer code, women who do roller derby, and some of the city's most successful small business owners in the same building? For the next week, they'll all be at Wisconsin's largest technology and innovation conference, Forward Fest, which runs from Aug 16 to 23...One of those events is the "pressure chamber," which is a live pitch contest where five companies will compete to join the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce and win a trip to San Francisco to meet with some of the top venture capital firms in Silicon Valley. 
Chamber readies BACC salute

The Barron Chamber of Commerce will honor area businesses and industries with an evening of recognition, dining, socialization and music on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, at the Anderson Park pavilion in Barron.
Iowa City Chamber, ICAD decide against merger

The Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce and Iowa City Area Development Group will continue operating as separate organizations rather than pursue a merger. The organizations will instead collaborate on developing and implementing a long-term vision for the economic vitality of the community, according to a report issued Tuesday.
Chamber aiding regional laborshed study

The Quad Cities Chamber is partnering with Iowa Workforce Development and Iowa Economic Development Authority on a laborshed employment study for the Quad-Cities area. The study will geographically define which communities contribute to the Quad-Cities’ workforce, regardless of political boundaries.
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