July 8, 2019
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North Dakota farmland would cover over 12 million city blocks. Farmers there produce enough wheat each year to make 12.6 billion loaves of bread.
Peyton Manning to keynote Chamber's 'Voices of Vision' event

Legendary NFL quarterback Peyton Manning will be the keynote speaker at the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce's "Voices of Vision" event from noon to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex. Voices of Vision is an annual event that brings bring nationally recognized, world-thought visionaries to the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo area.
With tourism lagging behind others, Dakotas swinging big with presidential library, Mount Rushmore fireworks

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum says many people have approached him to say how much they loved visiting his state — until they realize Mount Rushmore is in South Dakota...A study commissioned by the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce pegged tourism-related spending of the center’s visitors at nearly $700 million between 2005 to 2013.
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Did your chamber put together or help staff an event to celebrate July 4th?
Survey Says:
Does your chamber have an official position on Foreign Trade & Tariffs?

Yes: 4.8%

No: 95.2%
Friendship Tower turns 100

More than 200 people gathered Saturday to help rededicate the Mount Roosevelt Friendship Tower on its 100th anniversary...Many partners and agencies worked together to pull the ceremony together, including the Business Improvement District of Deadwood, U.S. Forest Service, Deadwood Chamber of Commerce, Deadwood Historic Preservation, Masons of South Dakota, Northern Hills Recreation Association, Lawrence County Search & Rescue, Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, and the cities of Deadwood and Lead.
Gold Camp Jubilee kicks off Wednesday

For nearly 100 years, the people of Lead have gathered for one of the most endearing summer celebrations in the Black Hills, the Gold Camp Jubilee...“It is called the Gold Camp Jubilee so we tried to do a little bit more wit the mining theme,” said Sierra Ward, executive director for the Lead Area Chamber of Commerce, which puts on the annual event series.
Family traditions, ice cream trucks draw thousands for Portage Fireworks Celebration

Anna Davidson, 18, recalls when growing up, she and her family would take a boat out on Swan Lake and watch the fireworks in Portage from a few miles away...Portage Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marianne Hanson said having a community-oriented event every year brings families together for a good cause.
Funds to repair state trails in western Wisconsin vetoed by Gov. Evers

In the "Bicycling Capital of America" of Sparta, the Elroy-Sparta State Trail and the 400 Trail are big draws for locals and tourists alike..."We're fortunate at this part of the trail that it is open from here to Norwalk," said Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director John Hendricks.
Ottumwa Chamber of Commerce Rodeo brings in hundreds of people

The third annual Ottumwa Chamber of Commerce Rodeo this year brought in over 400 rodeo contestants. The rodeo took place at Greater Ottumwa Park where many trailers and campers packed the park.
Foodies and Brew: Having fun, staying safe and supporting Ames Main Street

Food, brew and music lovers from across the community will come together, supporting the preservation, beautification and economic development of Downtown Ames, on Thursday evening...“The really big thing about the event is that it’s a really nice opportunity to sample the local food, brew and wine options within Ames, Story County and central Iowa in a very social, informal setting,” said Drew Kamp, public policy director for Ames Chamber of Commerce.
Who’s coming back to town?

Fun Fest organizers say they enjoy seeing who comes back to town, and that’s why they volunteer... “We’ve seen it evolve in to an event that families come back home for. They are appreciative of the fact that there is a festival and there’s something to do when they get here,”  said Julie Erickson, Balaton Chamber of Commerce president and Fun Fest coordinator.
Low attendance at Showboat fundraiser despite great food, weather and music

Aitkin area Chamber of Commerce members, friends, neighbors and visitors to Aitkin gathered on a sunny, windless summer evening at the recently restored Showboat of the Mississippi to enjoy great food and entertainment and support this iconic symbol of Aitkin’s riverboat heritage.
Lawmakers confident Nebraska will OK new business incentives

Nebraska lawmakers who want to update the state’s largest tax incentive program for businesses are getting ready to try again with a lot of confidence, despite a major setback that stalled their package earlier this year...The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry counters that tax cuts and incentives will make the state more attractive for investment.
Omaha and Lincoln have developed into a notable tech hub

Omaha and Lincoln are taking the right step by jointly marketing themselves as a regional tech hub. The quality of life in the two cities is high, and the tech employment opportunities are considerable...The campaign fits into the Greater Omaha Chamber’s five-year strategic plan, which aims to add 10,000 tech workers to the local workforce through recruitment, retraining and producing more graduates from Nebraska institutions of higher learning.
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. WATCH: http://www.enbridge.com/viewer?item=6D4488CE52AA449D8664609F61BE2559
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