February 25, 2019
Produced by the Mid-America Chamber Executives
The 2019 MACE Operations survey closes this THURSDAY! If your chamber has yet to complete the survey be sure to do so before the end date. All participating chambers will receive a copy of the survey report free of charge.

If you are unable to locate the survey link that was sent to your chamber please contact Alex Rudie: Alexandra@dowellmgmt.com
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The Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska, houses the largest indoor rain forest in the United States. The Lied Lunge, covering 1.5 acres of land with an eight-story building, features flora, fauna and animals from rain forests all over the globe.
Kearney Chamber offering several scholarships to high school students

The Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce is offering several scholarships. Shanna Schulte, Chamber program director, said it’s an important tool to keep high school kids local. The deadline to apply is March 15.
Halloran, Quick provide legislative update at chamber event

Community members were able to hear from two Nebraska state senators on current legislative bills during an event Friday morning...Cindy Johnson, president of the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce, said the organization hosted the event as a way for people to listen to the senators and ask questions. 
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Do you favor or oppose the legalization of Recreational Cannabis?

Favor: 30.8%

Oppose: 69.2%
SVEDA will move to Chamber office

The Southern Valley Economic Development Authority (SVEDA) is preparing for a move. With a 7-0 vote Thursday, Feb. 14, the board of directors approved moving forward with a one-year lease agreement. SVEDA would relocate to the Wahpeton Breckenridge Area Chamber of Commerce building, 1505 11th St. N. in Wahpeton.
Chamber of Commerce Hosts Conference to Provide Update on F-M Diversion

With the threat of flooding increasing, the Chamber of Commerce held a conference to update people on the F–M Diversion. Speakers include North Dakota Congresssman Kelly Armstrong, Cass County Commissioner Mary Scherling, and former North Dakota House Majority Leader Al Carlson.
Brandon Valley students can ponder future at career fair

The graduating class at Brandon Valley High School this year consists of 247 students...Kim Cerwick, president of the Brandon Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, has been working with area businesses to participate in the career fair. “The Chamber is excited to partner with the school district to help kids see all the options possible for their futures,” she said.
Transgender athletes bill heads to South Dakota House after committee deadlock

A bill requiring high school students to participate on sports teams matching their biological sex will be considered by the full House after a committee was deadlocked on it...No one from the business community testified about the bill because Jensen cut off testimony on Thursday morning as Debra Owen, public policy director for the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce, was about to speak in opposition to the bill.
Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce settles into new home

The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce has a bird's eye view of the State Capitol in its new location on the Square. The Chamber moved into offices on the third floor of the U.S. Bank building, at 1 S. Pinckney St., in mid-December.
Wisconsin Expands Workforce Opportunities for Military Spouses of National Guard Members

The Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the multiple state agencies and US Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes, convened for a community engagement event recently to discuss the issue of military spouse unemployment and underemployment in the State of Wisconsin.
Council provides report to Ames business leaders on how Iowa ranks nationally

In terms of demographics and diversity, Iowa has some work to do. When accounting for ethnic diversity, Iowa is ranked No. 45 when looking at all 50 states comparatively. In terms of total population, Iowa ranks at No. 30 — this all according to a recent report by the Iowa Business Council presented to the Ames Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Wednesday.
Business leaders seek federal fixes to immigration issues

A group of 40 Iowa business leaders say they will work together to resolve federal immigration problems they say hurt worker recruitment efforts...Greater Des Moines Partnership CEO Jay Byers on Monday noted immigration is a federal issue and argued states shouldn’t offer their own piecemeal solutions.

Grab your hoes and pitchforks, the Central Minnesota Farm Show is coming to St. Cloud. The St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce has been the host of the farm show since 1998. This year's show will be February 26 - 28 at River's Edge Convention Center.
Duluth and St. Louis County representatives head to St. Paul for Capitol Days

A strong contingent from St. Louis County and the city of Duluth is headed to St. Paul Wednesday to lobby legislators on behalf of local projects. About 350 people pre-registered for the 22nd annual grand reception of Duluth and St. Louis County at the Capitol Days Wednesday evening, and David Ross, president and CEO of the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce, anticipates around 500 people will attend the event, although a forecasted winter storm system could cut into that turnout.
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