September 24, 2018
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Minor Named Mid-America Chamber of Commerce Chair

Mid-America Chamber Executives (MACE) announces David Minor, President & CEO of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce, has accepted the position of chair of the board. Minor brings nearly 25 years of chamber experience to MACE.
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Iowa State University is the longest standing land grant college in the country.
Cary Darrah named new CEO of Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber

The Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber’s (GCVAC) board of directors has tapped a familiar name as its new CEO. Cary Darrah, who has been interim CEO of the economic development group based in Waterloo for the past seven months, has officially been named to lead the group.
Q-C Chamber announces new business resources

The Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce announced more details this week regarding what its new Business Services division will offer local companies..."We are changing the way that we engage with our members. We've taken member feedback and built Business Services around how members feel we can better serve them," said Julie Forsythe, vice president of Business Services, in a news release.  
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MACE POLL
Does you chamber have an active young professionals type program?
Yes
No
Survey Says:
Does you chamber have an active ambassadors type program?

Yes: 84.1%

No: 15.9%
Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce selects Krista Jech as new president

The Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce has selected Krista Jech as the new president of the chamber. Jech has 20 years of sales, marketing, event and project management experience.
Inclusive hiring can ease Minnesota's worker shortage

You can say it’s a sign of good times. The 2.9 percent  unemployment rate registered in Minnesota in August is the lowest since December 1999 and is getting close to the all-time low, 2.5 percent, recorded almost 20 years ago...That message underscores one heard last week at the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce’s Talent Symposium: Racially inclusive hiring practices are a key strategy for businesses that aim to thrive during a worker shortage.
Nebraska Chamber of Commerce hosts annual legislative forum in Columbus

Members of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Tuesday hosted their annual legislative forum at the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce. The State Chamber has been making stops at local chambers of commerce to host these forums for more than 30 years. Columbus was one of many stops on this year's fall forum tour.
Nebraska gives its citizens a good chance to be happy

The McCook Chamber of Commerce’s goal of making McCook a good place to live, work and play is a worthy one, and the state’s conditions give it a good head start, according to the latest study by a personal finance website. WalletHub ranks Nebraska as the 10th “Happiest State” in the U.S., using 31 key indicators of happiness, ranging from emotional health to income level to sports participation.
Minot named City of the Year

Minot is the North Dakota League of Cities’ 2018 City of the Year...John MacMartin, president of the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce, said it can be difficult in the day-to-day of living and working in Minot to gain the broader perspective that enables a community to see how far it’s actually come.
North Dakota Chamber Opposing Ethics, Marijuana Measures

The head of  North Dakota 's largest business organization said Friday his group will campaign to help defeat legalization of recreational marijuana and a good-government measure aimed at ethics reform. Greater North Dakota Chamber President and CEO Arik Spencer said his organization is among a coalition of groups being assembled to fight the proposals.
A business builder: Mitchell's Hisel prepares to leave leading role after 33 years

For more than 30 years, Bryan Hisel has been all business in Mitchell...Hisel, 67, has worked for 33 years in a dual role, leading the Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce and the Mitchell Area Development Corporation.
Governor Walker Highlights Wisconsin’s Strong Economy at the Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Executives Annual Conference

Governor  Scott Walker  today joined Wisconsin chamber of commerce professionals from across Wisconsin at the Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Executives Annual Conference to discuss the importance of workforce development as Wisconsin’s economy continues to grow.
Business group asks Kimberly-Clark to delay its plant closure decision until after elections

The Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce has asked Kimberly-Clark Corp. to delay its Sept. 30 decision about closing plants in the Appleton area until the state legislature can consider a multimillion-dollar incentive package.
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