March 4, 2019
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Wednesday Night Social!

We have just finalized our entertainment for Wednesday, May 1 at this year's Annual Conference! Tommy Ryman is a comedian provided for us by G.L. Berg Entertainment.

Ryman’s act can be described as absurdist and clever, masked behind a very likable and innocent demeanor, often thought of as disturbingly adorable. He is a favorite among audiences at top clubs, colleges, and corporate events around the nation, and he is regularly featured on SiriusXM, and iheartradio.
Did you Know?

39.1 million acres — nearly 90% of North Dakota's land area — is in farms and ranches. 
Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce hosts Agriculture Livestock Forum

Before a sellout crowd at the Ramada Grand Dakota Hotel Dickinson, which was recently honored in the 2018 Best of the Western Edge as the Best Hotel and Best Banquet Facility, area ranchers and farmers gathered for the Agriculture Livestock Forum hosted by The Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce.
FMWF Chamber creating Professionals of Color program

Thomas Jefferson made Fargo his home 45 years ago. The longtime State Farm insurance agent said that back then, being a black professional in the Fargo-Moorhead area was a bit like being “a fly in buttermilk.”...Jefferson was recently tapped to be chairman of the Professionals of Color program created by the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce.
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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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Do you share offices with related organizations, ie. CVB, etc.

Yes: 51.4%

No: 48.6%
South Dakota lawmakers defeat bill to allow Spanish driver's license tests

English will continue to be the only language for the South Dakota driver's license written test after a push to include a Spanish-language test was defeated on Wednesday…The committee vote was "a vote against workforce development concerns of our members," said Deb Owen, public policy director at the Sioux Falls Chamber. 
Preparing for the Deadwood premier

The HBO Deadwood movie is scheduled to air in the spring of this year and the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce is doing what it can to prepare .
Marshfield job fair: Companies recruiting for over 1,200 positions

A job fair will be held Thursday at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point at Marshfield campus...If you're an employer or educational institution and are interested in having a booth at the fair, contact Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry Workforce Development Director Karen Isaacson at or call 715-384-3454.
Sen. Johnson talks to local manufacturers

With a number of issues at the federal level for manufacturers in Wisconsin, Sen. Ron Johnson tried to ease some of those fears Friday in Sheboygan. With dozens at the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce, Sen. Johnson spoke about the biggest issues facing manufacturing in Wisconsin: lack of workforce, immigration and secondary education were his main focuses. 
Chamber signs on to Iowa Compact on Immigration

Citing workforce needs and a desire for changes to federal immigration policy, the Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce is one of 40 signatories on the Iowa Compact on Immigration this year. The Chamber joins several business leaders, academics and other local chambers in Iowa to sign the compact, which includes six basic principles: federal responsibility, strengthening the state’s economy and workforce, a common-sense approach, effective enforcement, family and competitive communities.
How Altoona has grown from sleepy suburb to retail destination

For Prairie City's Stephanie Burkett, shopping for clothes used to mean a 30-mile trek to West Des Moines or an even longer ride to the Tanger Outlets in Williamsburg. No more...Meg Schneider, senior vice president of business resources and community development with the Des Moines Partnership, said Altoona's growing retail offerings are filling pent-up demand for those businesses on the metro's east side. 
Transit supporters aim to highlight value of investment in projects

A coalition of groups aiming to boost access to Minnesota transit on Monday, Feb. 25 released a report illustrating the impact of the state's transit investments on the state's workforce. The report published by the Minneapolis Regional Chamber, East Metro Strong and Transportation for America shows that 64 companies in the state are involved in the supply chain of producing, repairing, upgrading or otherwise working on the state's transit systems.
Need groceries? Driverless bus may supply ride

Thanks to overtures from the [White Bear] Area Chamber of Commerce, the city may serve as a pilot site for pilotless vehicles. University of Minnesota researcher Frank Douma put out a call for community partners interested in testing an autonomous vehicle on its streets. Chamber Executive Director Tom Snell was first to respond.
Chamber’s new website provides needed business tools

Your Grand Island Chamber of Commerce is now — and has been — on the cutting edge of how Chambers operate, especially in Nebraska. This is due to the strong and progressive members of the board of directors who are topnotch in their own industries and are willing to bring their experience and wisdom to the chamber board. 
Lawmakers seek action on state tax incentives — here's what you need to know

You’ve heard the pleas of farmers for lower property taxes this year...“If we let this thing go into next year, we’re essentially putting up a ‘Closed for business’ sign at a time when Nebraska is battling for talent and new jobs with other states,” said Jamie Karl, a vice president at the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
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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