July 22, 2019
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The largest experimental aviation event in the world is the EAA Fly-In at Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Jessie Opoien: Madison chamber of commerce’s strong support for equity deserves applause

In the eyes of the community’s business leaders, Madison is at a critical moment...During a recent meeting with the Cap Times editorial board, Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce President Zach Brandon rattled off a list of recent reports praising the city: Madison is “ a new mecca for millennials .” 
Chamber sets annual meeting, announces honorees

The Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce will honor individuals and businesses at its annual meeting Tuesday. Kurt R. Bauer, the president and CEO of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, will be the keynote speaker at the event, set for 11:30 a.m. at The Stella Hotel & Ballroom, 5706 Eighth Ave.
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Menards opens new location in Grimes

The Grimes Menards officially opened its doors on July 2. Located at 300 NE Destination Drive, the new location carries over 10,000 additional products and has a larger format than previous stores opened throughout the metro area...Grimes Chamber and Economic Development President and CEO Brian Buethe noted that the store is not only expected to attract other amenities to the community but also jobs and commerce. “As the Chamber of Commerce, we are glad to have them in Grimes. Jobs and commerce are important to our growing community,” Buethe said.
'Marshalltown strong' is a way of life a year after devastating tornado

One year ago, Marshalltown Mayor Joel Greer got a notification on his weather app that two microcells were rolling into town...Greer will be speaking at what the local chamber of commerce is calling the "One Year Anniversary Celebration," Friday in front of the courthouse. He said the moment will be emotional for him.
Ladies who lead: In Burnsville, the women are in charge

As Burnsville officials welcomed the city’s first female police chief this spring, Mayor Elizabeth Kautz looked around the room and saw something even more momentous taking place...At least a dozen key government and business positions in Burnsville are held by women, including the new school superintendent, the new city manager, the president of the Chamber of Commerce, the executive director of the convention and visitors bureau, the local county commissioner (who also chairs the board), five school board members and an at-large City Council member.
Harthun, Knutson Blazed Basketball Trails

Cindy Harthun was a Fergus Falls High School senior in 1974 when the Otter girls basketball team played so well that attendance at the gymnasium next to Roosevelt Park increased by leaps and bounds...Today, at 2 p.m. at the Fergus Falls VFW, Harthun and Knutson will be among six people inducted into the Fergus Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Sports Hall of Fame, open to the public.
Economic development hailed at state summit; new tax incentives pending in Nebraska Legislature

As Gov. Pete Ricketts celebrated Nebraska's economic development success Wednesday, Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Bryan Slone joined in the accolades while focusing on the need to enact a new business development tax incentives program early next year. "The state has done a great job and I commend the governor for what clearly is a success in terms of the amount of economic development projects," Slone said during a telephone interview.  "It's very important to keep the momentum going now," he said.
Nebraska State Fair considering capital campaign to facilitate future growth

Members of the Nebraska State Fair Board were busy at their July meeting in Grand Island Friday planning for the fair’s 150th anniversary. This year’s State Fair runs from Aug. 23 through Sept. 2...GILCA is made up of representatives of the Nebraska State Fair, Fonner Park, the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce, and the Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Banquet in a Field: Western Style provides 'shock and awe'

It wouldn't seem like many people in western North Dakota would be too far removed from agriculture. But at the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce Agricultural Committee's second annual Banquet in a Field: Western Style event, there were a few people "in shock and awe" at the foods made from crops grown at nearby farms, says Christina Jorgensen, chamber executive director.
ND economy continues uptick in 2019

Taxable sales and purchases were up just over 6% in both Minot and Ward County during the first quarter of 2019, according to the North Dakota Tax Commission... “I think there’s renewed optimism about what’s going on in our economy. I do think you are going to see more dollars being spent,”  said John MacMartin, Minot Area Chamber of Commerce president.  “I think things are set in place for a fairly decent year.”
Gov. Noem names founder of Midwest Provisions to Board of Regents

Gov. Kristi Noem has appointed a prominent businesswoman as new face to the South Dakota Board of Regents, a regents' press release announced Friday...Stork was CEO of Midwest Provisions from 1989 to 2016, and served as chair for the Sanford Health System Board of Trustees and Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, the release stated.
TRIBES AND TRADES CREATE SUCCESSFUL PARTNERSHIP: With support from Enbridge and other sponsors, the Minneapolis-based Building Trades Tribal Partnership Program provides Native Americans with training in pipeline construction. Through the partnership’s industry connections, many graduates are able to find immediate employment—including on Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Project facilities upgrade in Superior, WI. WATCH:  https://www.enbridge.com/viewer?item=A3A44A52722B40E6BE8F32B1B0E1D941
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