May 13, 2019
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Bloomington and Minneapolis are the two farthest north latitude cities to ever host a World Series game .
Record lodging tax collected in 2018

The city of Pipestone collected a record amount of lodging tax from its local hotels and motels in 2018, beating the record from the previous year...An increase in lodging tax receipts benefits the very organization tasked with promoting Pipestone –– the Pipestone Area Chamber of Commerce.
Our View: Start by agreeing Minnesota needs more road work

With the nation’s only politically divided legislature, chasms in St. Paul this session sometimes have felt insurmountable...Compromise surely can be found, as here’s something else both sides agree on: "We need to figure out the state funding for transportation because counties and cities are having to take it on," as Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO David Ross said to editorial board members in April
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According to the 2019 MACE Ops Survey what % of chambers have cyber/data breach insurance?
Survey Says:
Does your chamber offer a program for small business week?

Yes: 7.4%

No: 92.6%
Job growth foreseen in Madison County and Northeast Nebraska

Jobs are expected to grow in Madison County and Northeast Nebraska in the coming years, especially in some key industries. But Norfolk and Madison County do lag behind the large urban centers in Nebraska in some areas. Those were some of the findings the Nebraska Department of Labor shared at a presentation Thursday afternoon at the Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce as part of its ongoing Unlimited Potential series.
State labor shortage causes concerns

A recent report by the University of Nebraska Bureau of Business Research highlights a growing labor shortage in the state. According to the report, there are 32,000 more job openings than there are unemployed workers to fill them...The Lincoln Chamber of Commerce believes the measure is needed in order for Nebraska to stay competitive and bring higher paying jobs to the state.
Williston Area Chamber of Commerce names new president

After less than a month of searching, The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce has named its new president. Rachel Richter Lordemann was named as the chamber’s new president, effective Friday, April 26, according to a news release from the chamber. Richter Lordemann has been serving as the chamber’s Member Relations and Communications Manager since May 2017.
Small businesses not suffering like large counterparts

Northern Roots Boutique, owned by Kay Derry, is one of nearly 10 million women-owned small businesses in the U.S...Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Barry Wilfahrt said Grand Forks and East Grand Forks have a lot of "small, niche retailers."
Immigration debate hampers 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.
City, state seek to build better tourism relationship

The Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce began its quest to build a stronger relationship with the South Dakota Department of Tourism on Monday during a special meeting at the Chamber board room.
Chippewa Falls Chamber gets state grant to promote new event

The Chippewa Falls Area Chamber of Commerce will be promoting a new outdoors event in the area with help from a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. Department of Tourism Deputy Secretary Anne Sayers presented a $31,640 Joint Effort Marketing grant to chamber representatives and organizers from the Wisconsin Game Fest.
What to expect when Bazaar After Dark takes over downtown Brillion

Bazaar After Dark is going a little off the beaten path this weekend...This will also be the first-ever Bazaar After Dark for the small Calumet County community and the first under the leadership of Kristen Greiner, who took over as director of Pulse Young Professionals at the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce last month.
IGL Area Chamber wraps up Walleye Weekend

The Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce credited fantastic weather in part to the turnout of over 2,100 anglers for 37th Annual Walleye Weekend. The contest serves as a kick-off to walleye season in the Iowa Great Lakes Area. Individuals of varying ages and 17 different states got to experience the local chain of lakes.
New CEO Named for Clear Lake Chamber

A new leader is named for the Clear Lake Area Chamber Board. Stacy Doughan is taking over as President and CEO on May 28, replacing the retiring Tim Coffey. “Stacy possesses the leadership and relationship building skill sets required for this position as well as strong strategic and technology expertise,” says Diana Symonds, Chamber Board Chair. 
With support from Enbridge and other sponsors, the Minneapolis-based Building Trades Tribal Partnership Program provides Native Americans with training in pipeline construction. Through the partnership’s industry connections, many graduates are able to find immediate employment—including on Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Project facilities upgrade in Superior, WI. WATCH:
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