August 20, 2018
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Did you Know?

The Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska, houses the largest indoor rain forest in the US.
Veterans’ home adds jewel in Nebraska's crown

Did you know that Nebraska is one of the top states in the nation for military veterans?...In 2014, the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other business groups urged the Legislature to enact initiatives to expand our labor force by attracting veterans to Nebraska.
149 years, 9 in Grand Island

The Nebraska State Fair welcomed its morning guests with free admission through noon Friday as it kicked off its 11-day run...Each year, through the joint effort of the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce and the Nebraska State Fair, more than 800 volunteers are recruited and trained to help with all the big and small tasks that make the fair a successful operation.
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Group working on pitch to bring 2 USDA research agencies to Fargo

A group of officials is working on a proposal for Fargo to become the new home of two U.S. Department of Agriculture agencies...Led by Fargo area economic development groups and North Dakota State University, the group includes North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani, NDSU Vice President of Agricultural Affairs Ken Grafton, North Dakota Commerce Commissioner Jay Schuler, Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Craig Whitney, as well as representatives from the offices of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D.
North Dakota may be ‘hardest hit’ by ongoing trade war

Leaving the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact, along with the growing trade war with China and other nations, is hurting the region’s farmers, ranchers and other industries, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said Friday. Leaving the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact, along with the growing trade war with China and other nations, is hurting the region’s farmers, ranchers and other industries, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said Friday.
Chamber annual meeting to feature Pixar story creator

The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce announced Matthew Luhn, one of the original Story Creators at Pixar, will be the keynote speaker at its 112th Annual Meeting on Oct. 16. Luhn is a storyteller, instructor, keynote speaker and story consultant, with over 20 years experience creating stories and characters at Pixar Animation Studios.
A Place to Call Home

Some things haven’t changed as Nate Welch, executive director of the Vermillion Chamber and Development Company (VCDC) gives tours of the building at 2 E. Main Street in the heart of the community’s downtown.
Wisconsin is going on the road to recruit military members leaving the Armed Forces for thousands of job openings here

With low unemployment and thousands of job openings, Wisconsin doesn’t have enough workers...Saul Newton, executive director of the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce, is encouraged by the state’s mission to recruit veterans to move to the state.
Wisconsin Tourism Destinations Feel Impact Of Closed Highway 14

Several popular tourist destinations in southwestern Wisconsin are worried the continued closure of U.S. Highway 14 might deter visitors the rest of the summer...Kristine Stoddard, executive director of the Spring Green Chamber of Commerce, said her community is already feeling the impact of the road closure.
Welcome Wagon on steroids is new Sioux Center Chamber plan

Hiring and retaining new employees has been a challenge not only in Sioux Center, but nationwide...The Sioux Center Chamber of Commerce has worked with corporate partners, Interstates, Link Manufacturing and Sioux Center Health who have come alongside for financial support, to develop the launch of the ‘Discover Sioux Center’ program which officially kicked off Aug. 1.
After months of being closed, Maquoketa Caves State Park reopens

One of Iowa's top tourist attractions is finally reopened for adventure seekers..."People are coming to our area from the caves, they're coming to Maquoketa as well. They're eating at our restaurants. They're shopping at our stores and they're seeing the other things that our town has to offer," Wendy McCartt, Maquoketa Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, said.
New online employment platform to be introduced Wednesday in Willmar

It can be difficult to find that perfect job, or find that perfect person to fill a job. While there are many websites, listings and job searching programs to help with that conundrum, the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, hopes it has something just a bit more special — the Willmar Lakes Area Talent Exchange.
Feisty debate kicks off Paulsen-Phillips race for Congress

R epublican U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen and his DFL challenger Dean Phillips tangled over taxes, health care and campaign finance reform in their first debate Tuesday...The TwinWest Chamber of Commerce sponsored the debate which focused on business and economic issues.
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