December 3, 2018
Produced by the Mid-America Chamber Executives
As we close out the year your chamber may find yourselves with some unexpended education funds, now is the time to use your left-over budget and make sure you have a seat at the most comprehensive, content-rich membership training conference in the 6-state region.
Date:  May 1-3, 2019
Location:  Hilton Garden Inn – Sioux Falls, SD
Cost:  $235, early bird or Register 3 get the 4 th FREE
Did you Know?

Sage Creek Wilderness is the site of the reintroduction of the black-footed ferret, one of the most endangered land mammal in North America.
Federal Reserve’s Wirtz on S.D. economy

“South Dakota employment has been much better than we thought we could go without triggering inflation,” said Ron Wirtz, spokesman for the Minneapolis Federal Reserve. Wirtz addressed an audience at the Pierre Chamber of Commerce, Nov. 26. His presentation was also given at the South Dakota Banking Commission meeting later that day.
Buffalo Ridge Brewing brings new flavors to South Dakota beer scene

Even before Chris Tuschen moved back to his hometown he had plans to open a brewery...Before they met the Tuschens, officials were already planning to reinvigorate Hartford’s downtown by leveraging a plot of land owned by the city, said Jesse Fonkert, director of the Hartford Chamber of Commerce and the Hartford Economic Development Foundation.
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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 .  
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Local businesses experiencing seasonal worker shortages

Central Wisconsin is facing a worker shorting, and the Wausau Chamber of Commerce said many businesses are in need of more workers to match the holiday demand. The organization says the primary businesses experiencing the largest shortage numbers are local retailers and fast food restaurants.
Want to do business with a potential Milwaukee 2020 Democratic convention? Time to sign up

They don't yet know if they're going to win the right to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention, but local organizers have launched a registration site for businesses interested in getting work from the event...Rae, who leads the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, walked business people through the   online registration portal.
U.S. Chamber Awards Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce with 5-Star Accreditation

The United States Chamber of Commerce has recently awarded the Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce with 5-Star Accreditation for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community. “Chambers of commerce play a critical role in their communities” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, U.S. Chamber vice president of Federation Relations and Institute for Organization Management. 
Chamber expands reach with regional connection

The Knoxville Chamber of Commerce and its members broadened their horizons Nov. 20, when the chamber joined the Greater Des Moines Partnership as an affiliate chamber. The move means that Knoxville chamber staff and members will discover strength in the partnership’s numbers. 
Welcomed in Worthington: Immigrant success stories abound in community

Maria Parga always wanted to own her own business...Through the SWIF, Parga received business management guidance and made connections to other community resources such as SCORE and the Worthington Chamber of Commerce; she also received a micro-loan to fund an expansion.
How to tackle Minnesota’s housing challenges

Talk to employers and community leaders in communities across the state, and you will hear the same concern: “We just don’t have enough housing to attract the workers and families we need to grow.”...These challenges and solutions were the focus of a recent community discussion hosted by the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce and the city of Winona.
State chamber prioritizes workforce development, tax reduction

The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Thursday pointed to workforce development and a reduction in the state's highest individual income tax rate as its priority legislative objectives for 2019.
Schumacher talks Nebraska ag

Questions about what will happen regarding Nebraska’s leading industry moving forward continue taking local and state leaders down the problem-solving path...K.C. Belitz, president of the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, said he appreciated Schumacher taking time out of his morning to speak before the Agribusiness Committee.
Chamber of Commerce, Sen. Hoeven Host State of Technology Conference

Leaders from the technology world gather at the State of Technology conference hosted by the Chamber of Commerce and North Dakota Senator John Hoeven...“It’s still hard for me to believe we’re going to have trucks and cars driving the countryside without a driver,” Craig Whitney, president/CEO of the FMWF Chamber of Commerce, said.
Burgum proposes $30 million for statewide UAS tracking network

Gov. Doug Burgum is proposing that North Dakota spend $30 million to build a statewide tracking network for unmanned aerial systems...Sen. John Hoeven, R.-N.D., who hosted the event with the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce, said the conference is important in establishing North Dakota as a technology hub.
NATIVE AMERICAN JOBS:   Greg’s 100% Native-owned construction company worked on the Line 3 Replacement Project in Wisconsin and hopes to support Native employment in Minnesota. He knows from his work just how safe pipelines really are. “It’s gonna benefit our people, everyone’s people, to move forward.”   LISTEN:
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