June 24, 2019
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The stapler was invented in Spring Valley, Minnesota.
The economy of immigration: New Americans motivated to be a part of the economy

The immigration discussion in the United States has a lot of moving pieces and sides. At the Willmar Conference Center Thursday morning the talk focused on one specific issue...He was invited to speak by the Willmar Area Chamber of Commerce President Ken Warner, with the presentation sponsored by Heritage Bank.
New historical bench plaques part of revitalizing downtown

Residents and visitors to downtown New Ulm now have a few more places to sit and relax, meet for coffee and conversation, have lunch, work on their devices and just enjoy being outdoors in the downtown atmosphere, thanks to a project created and implemented by the Heart of New Ulm (HONU) and the Chamber of Commerce’s Downtown Action Team/Minnesota Main Street Program.
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Will your chamber offices be opened July 5, 2019?
Survey Says:
Does your chamber in any way partner with an ethnic or minority chamber?

Yes: 11.1%

No: 88.9%
Hot Air Balloon Festival Returns To Falls City

The Hot Air Balloon Festival returned to Falls City this weekend attracting a huge crowd and and reviving family memories. Between 4,000 and 5,000 people made it to Brenner Field for the balloon launch, which was delayed because of an afternoon thunderstorm. Two balloons, the Remax balloon and the Emerald City Express, launched. Others were expanded for the night glow. The Falls City Chamber of Commerce posted in its wildest dreams they never expected so many people, but will continue to build on the event.
Our Town Columbus: Building the Workforce

It seems that everywhere you look in Columbus, there's construction and growth...A few years ago, the Columbus Chamber of Commerce put together a housing task force to try and tackle the problem. "We did a housing study that definitely shows we have a need, that we were way behind the 8-ball in making sure we had enough housing units for the growth potential that we had." 
IEDC stakeholders consider downtown progress

The vitality of downtown Minot continues to be a focus of a stakeholders group that met Monday to review its progress...The Minot City Council has approved spending up to $300,000 from the MAGIC Fund to hire a marketing firm to work with Visit Minot, Minot Area Chamber of Commerce and Minot Area Development Corp.
Cell phone location data to fuel marketing analysis in Grand Forks

A Monday vote by Grand Forks’ Growth Fund Committee furthered a plan to use people’s cell phone location data in a broader study that aims to answer questions such as those. The Chamber of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks plans to pay about $50,000 to Buxton, a Texas-based analytics firm, as part of a broader market capture analysis.
Taking Time For Honors

Despite having a lot of work to catch up on from the cold, wet spring experienced in our area, 2019 Farm Family of the Year Kevin and Charlene Healy of rural Irene took time out Tuesday evening to be honored at the Ag Gala with two generations in tow. Each year, Yankton’s Chamber of Commerce recognizes a farming family for their contributions to agriculture and community, as well as church and other organizations at the annual Ag Gala, sponsored by the Chamber.
‘Everyone should shop local’: Shoppers tout personal touch, ability to support community

When Shelly Spranger, 39, and her daughter Camilla, 9, walked into Rustic Redefined in Wisconsin Rapids on a cool and drizzly June afternoon, they greeted the store owner by name...Scott Larson, executive director of the Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry, said it’s important to focus on buying local to keep money circulating in the community. 
Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce: Membership Director appointed to state Board of Veterans Affairs

Curtis L. Schmitt Jr., Membership Director of the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce, was appointed by Governor Tony Evers to the Board of Veterans Affairs, representing the 1st Congressional District. Curtis will serve as Vice Chair after a vote by the board this month. 
Trail Connections: High Trestle to Boone- Hardin and Marshall Counties

While Central Iowa is known for it’s miles of connected bicycle trails, there are more coming...“A transformational piece in the entire state’s trail system,” said Kurt Phillips of the Boone Chamber of Commerce. 
Quad Cities Chamber: nearly $400,000 raised for flood recovery assistance

Quad Cities Chamber representatives announced Monday afternoon that nearly $400,000 has been raised for flood recovery assistance. They say $397,875 is now available to help regional businesses in their flood recovery efforts, and applications for fund disbursement are now available.
DIVERSITY, PARITY, AND ADVANCING WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE: Enbridge earns a spot on Bloomberg’s 2019 Gender Equality Index as one of 230 companies committed to advancing women. READ: https://www.enbridge.com/Stories/2019/January/Bloomberg-2019-Gender-Equality-Index.aspx
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