October 28, 2019
Produced by the Mid-America Chamber Executives
Did you Know?

On October 31, in 1920, Anoka, Minnesota became the first town in America to celebrate Halloween. The town had been plagued by a band of merry pranksters in the previous Halloweens, and decided to make a city-wide event to keep the teenagers occupied.
St. Paul won't thrive until it rids itself of one-ways

Downtown St. Paul’s reputation as a struggling urban center has quietly been shaped by its one-way street system. The growth hoped for from redevelopment projects will not come easily unless the streets are fixed. In “Good things are on the way in St. Paul” ( Sept. 25 ) the president and CEO of the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce underscores Minnesota Wild games, the wealth of concert venues, and the downtown airport as main attractions for developers. I maintain that this identity is precisely what makes downtown St. Paul an unwelcoming place for residents.
Business Summit to focus on workforce, expansion planning

Anoka County will host the Anoka County Business Summit on Thursday, Nov. 21 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. The event will help business professionals looking to join fellow colleagues, and business owners in Anoka County looking to learn about workforce solutions and tools, along with expansion planning tips from industry experts...The Anoka County Business Summit is supported by CareerForce, the chambers of commerce for the cities of East Bethel, Ham Lake and St. Francis, the Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce, the Metro North Chamber of Commerce, the Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce, and the Quad Area Chamber of Commerce.
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Chamber of Commerce, state senators spotlight need for workforce development

The spotlight was on workforce development, with a special emphasis on attracting young people to the state, during a Lincoln Chamber of Commerce breakfast gathering Wednesday that peered ahead to next year's session of the Legislature.
Greater Omaha Economic Development Partnership Expands to Seven Counties

The  Greater Omaha Economic Development Partnership  today announced the  Nebraska City Area Economic Development Corporation (NCAEDC ), has joined the Nebraska/Iowa coalition. This addition expands the economic development program into a seven-county alliance..."Our Partnership grows even stronger with the addition of the NCAEDC team. We look forward to working together to support those goals we all share – new jobs, capital investment and increased prosperity in communities region-wide," said David G. Brown, president and CEO, Greater Omaha Chamber.
Why Manning?

Every year, we ask who you want to see as the next Voices of Vision speaker. Every year, Peyton Manning is near the top of the list. He’s funny, he’s accomplished, he’s iconic, and he has so much to share with an audience. Join us for this superstar event and hear more about this athlete-turned-businessman. Manning knows how to build successful teams and overcome adversity. He shares his real-world tips on how you can adapt to change and come out on top. We’ll hear how he creates a winning team culture and leads with passion.
Make Your Mark

MAKE YOUR MARK is a Chamber EDC initiative that addresses the ongoing workforce challenges facing Bismarck-Mandan. As out region’s thriving economy continues to grow, so does our community’s need to attract and retain a talented workforce. As a way promote the many professional opportunities we have in our community, the Chamber EDC has developed a series of workforce development initiatives to highlight the Bismarck-Mandan community and the career options available.
Brandon ranked fourth-best place to live in South Dakota

Brandon natives knew it long ago, but now that the city continues to grow and has crept closer to the 10,000 mark in population, it seems others are noticing Brandon as well...“It’s always fun to see Brandon in many of these types of lists,” said Brandon Valley Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kim Cerwick. “We as Brandonites already know it’s a great place to live, and it’s fun to see outsiders also share that same sentiment.”
College GameDay means big things for Brookings as town takes national spotlight

The dust is settled and community leaders in Brookings have begun the work of preparing for the massive influx of people and national attention that comes with ESPN's College GameDay...there are also longer term benefits, said Kelsey Doom, president and CEO of the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce. "It really puts South Dakota in the national eye, not just Brookings," Doom said. "It's going to be great for the whole state, having a small South Dakota town on ESPN Gameday, it's unbelievable. People are going to see it on national television and they're going to remember it.”
Wisconsin still lags in venture capital despite investments tripling over past 5 years

The amount of venture capital invested in Wisconsin companies has more than tripled during the past five years, but the state still lags behind its Midwestern neighbors...American Provenance, which is still considered an early-stage company, also benefited from business pitch contests. LaFond won a trip to Silicon Valley to solicit investments after taking first place in the  Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce’s Pressure Chamber contest  in August.
Merrill Chamber announces 2019 Businesses of the Year

The Merrill Area Chamber of Commerce presented their 2019 Businesses of the Year awards at their 109th gathering of their members on Thursday, Oct. 10. Each year the Chamber’s member/investors can nominate businesses in five categories and then vote for their favorite in each category.
Chamber Of Commerce’s New Alcohology Tour Aims To Open Door For Tourism In Carroll County

A group of about 50 people joined the Carroll Chamber of Commerce Thursday evening for a trial run of their new “Alcohology” tour of Carroll County. The tour began at 5 p.m. and included visits and taste testing at Templeton Rye, Iowa Legendary Rye, Santa Maria Winery and Carroll Brewing Company.
Bettendorf mayor gets Iowa Growth endorsement

Bettendorf Mayor Robert Gallagher has received an endorsement from the Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce's Political Action Committee, Iowa Growth PAC. The endorsement comes before the Nov. 5 municipal elections in Bettendorf. Gallagher is running unopposed.
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