January 14, 2019
Produced by the Mid-America Chamber Executives
Date:  May 1-3, 2019
Location:  Hilton Garden Inn – Sioux Falls, SD
Cost:  $235, early bird or Register 3 get the 4 th FREE
Bill Blazer: Immigration Issues

What is driving increased immigration to the upper Midwest? What role do immigrants and refugees play in our economy. Why are they important to development and growth? How can we be part of the immigration fix? Learn about facts and solutions that will help de-escalate rhetoric and advance policies that work for our communities.

Did you Know?

Nebraska has more underground water reserves than any other US state.
Not for everyone, but definitely for the sandhill cranes and those who love to watch them dance

Out-of-staters who consider Nebraska nothing more than a fly-over state will be asked beginning Monday to consider a different view — the view of the more than half a million sandhill cranes who see it as a destination location...People from Rowe Sanctuary, Crane Trust and the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce will join them.
Chamber to honor residents, businesses

The Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce is set to honor two local residents and nine local businesses during its 139th Annual Banquet in February. The Chamber will recognize Marv Welstead and the late James Moore Jr. into the Business Hall of Fame for their leadership and business success in Fremont during the banquet being held on Feb. 8 at the Fremont Golf Club.
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Little North Dakota town's webcam racks up millions of views

A truck driving down Main Street is probably the loudest thing you'll ever hear in Cavalier, a northeast North Dakota town of around 1,300 people..."People all over the country and now all over the world that are constantly checking in," said Rachel Morrison from the Cavalier Chamber of Commerce.
Fargo-Moorhead area business community appears to back dumping N.D. "Blue Laws"

The metro area's business community wants to see North Dakota's “blue laws” done away with.
An instant poll taken at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast gathering, finds 77 % of the crowd there, back allowing stores to open before noon on Sundays.
Economic Fears Follow Shopko Store Closures In S.D. Small Towns

The pending closure of ShopKo department stores may have devastating effects on six South Dakota small towns that will suffer job losses, decreased access to basic necessities and reductions in sales-tax collections that could limit municipal services...“It’s going to be a huge trickle-down effect,” said Doom, who also heads the Wagner Chamber of Commerce. “When they’re at Walmart in Mitchell or Yankton, they’re going to grab all their groceries and have dinner and spend money that they’re not going to spend locally.”
Dana Dykhouse elected chair of State Chamber Board

The South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry announces the recent election of officers to the State Chamber Board of Directors. Serving as Chairman of the Board is Dana Dykhouse, CEO of First PREMIER Bank, Sioux Falls.
New reports claim Wausau ranked top city in Wisconsin for job growth

new study  claims Wausau is the top city for the most job growth.
While there may be opportunities for work, experts said there is just not enough people to fill those positions. “Collectively, in this region, we are doing very well,” said Dave Eckmann, President and CEO of the Wausau Chamber of Commerce.
Rep Kind says it’s a farm crisis

Representative Ron Kind told attendees at the La Crosse Chamber of Commerce monthly forum that Wisconsin farmers are in a crisis. Kind said the current government shutdown needs to end. He added how now is the time for farmers when they have to make those crucial decisions for an upcoming growing season.
Economic Alliance and IC Chamber of Commerce partner to reach common goals

In recent years there’s been a big push to think and act regionally...The Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce and the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance jointly represent more than 2,000 area businesses in communities that collectively number more than 450,000 residents.
Chamber Ag Committee preparing 35th Annual Northwest Iowa Ag Outlook

The Spencer Chamber of Commerce Ag Committee will host Ag Outlook on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Clay County Fair and Events Center. Generations of those involved in the agriculture industry will come together under one roof for the 35th year.
‘A lot to celebrate in Winona’: Chamber of Commerce recognizes three local businesses

There’s still a deep-seated tradition of flourishing family businesses in Winona, according to Chamber of Commerce president Della Schmidt. “If I took the time right now, I could probably rattle off easily a dozen companies,” she said. “Thinking hard, I could probably double that list.”
Walz calls for cooperation at Minnesota Chamber event

On stage Wednesday at least, Gov. Tim Walz and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce appeared to be thinking entirely in harmony. Walz, who headlined the chamber’s annual Session Priorities conference in St. Paul, said in an interview with chamber President Doug Loon that government needs to listen and collaborate more with businesses, and to “reset” conversations between government and business groups that have often become contentious.
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