January 21, 2019
Produced by the Mid-America Chamber Executives
2019 MACE Operations Survey Launches Next Week

The The MACE Operations Survey goes live next week. Your chambers key contact will be receiving the link to take the survey! The email containing the link will also provide instructions for taking the survey, including information needed for its completion.

As a reminder, by participating in the survey, you will receive a copy of the final report free of charge! Chambers in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin will be eligible to participate this year. 

Did you Know?

North Dakota is either the 39th or 40th state. When North & South Dakota entered the Union President Benjamin Harrison purposely made it impossible to tell which state came into the Union first, shuffling the papers and signing them without looking so that not even he would know.
Young Professionals Providing Networking Opportunities; Seeking More Members

The Young Professionals of Jamestown (YPJ) is an organization that is constantly growing and looking for new members. As part of the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce, YPJ has encouraged young professionals in the community to get involved in area events and organizations while providing an outlet for members to connect.
Annual Sportsman Feed at Minot Air Force Base

The annual Sportsman Feed at Minot Air Force base is this Sunday...“It's festive and it's fun. I mean, you have bingo games going on, corn hole game, darts and some other things going on,” said John MacMartin, Minot Chamber of Commerce president.
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Institute for Organization Management (Institute) is the premier continuing education experience for chamber professionals. Since 1921, the Institute program has educated and empowered chamber executives with the knowledge and skills they need to be leaders in their organizations and industry.

The Institute curriculum is comprised of four week-long sessions. Each session is five days and is offered at five locations across the country annually. With courses on topics such as advocacy, media training, membership, finance, legal issues, human resources, and much more, Institute ultimately educates participants on all facets of running an association. To view a full listing of course offerings, click here .  

Does your chambers Board of Directors have a board policy manual?
Survey Says:
Does your chamber have its Board of Directors review the annual 990 tax return?

Yes: 43.8%

No: 53.1%

Uncertain: 3.1%
Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce moves forward with merger

About a month of after they decided to explore the possibilities of merging with Elevate Rapid City, Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce board voted Thursday, to move forward with the merger.
Jamie Seiner CEO — Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce

My name is Jamie Seiner, CEO of the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce. I grew up in St. James, Minnesota and I still go back regularly to visit my family. My favorite hobby through my youth was trapshooting and I traveled all over with my family and my Barretta over-under competing in various levels of competitions.
Courting healthcare professionals: Multiple organizations team up to bring best, brightest to Chippewa Valley

In rugby, a scrum is where each team makes a mound of humanity to mass their muscle, in an attempt to gain control of the ball...Chippewa’s Chamber of Commerce uses social media almost exclusively.Michelle Farrow, Workforce Development Coordinator at Chippewa Chamber of Commerce, said: “Social media, like Facebook and Instagram, is 95 percent of what we use to attract people of all ages to Chippewa Falls. While we have an eye on the millennials, we work to attract the talent needed for our workforce, no matter the age.”
Community rallies around laid-off Figi's employees after 'unexpected' closing news

News on Jan. 4 that Figi's would be closing after 75 years in Marshfield came suddenly for employees and business leaders...Local businesses, such as Blue Heron BrewPub, were quick to offer support for Figi's employees who are out of work and posted on social media to urge those employees to come in and fill out an application. Marshfield Chamber of Commerce & Industry also helped to organize two job fairs geared toward out-of-work Figi's employees. 
City leaders to discuss state of the community

Community leaders will meet Friday morning to discuss the state of the community and the Ames government’s goals for 2019...The event is sponsored by the Ames Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters of Ames and Story County. The Ames Chamber of Commerce released its legislative priorities for the new year in a press release Tuesday.
Pursuing a regional legislative agenda

In public policy advocacy, there is power in numbers. Four members of Congress and 28 state legislators represent the seven counties that make up the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids (ICR) area corridor. Across the ICR region, those elected officials should hear the same message to garner the biggest impact. That’s why this year, the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance and Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce partnered to create identical state and federal public policy agendas and will advocate as one to our regional policy makers.

Southeast Minnesota is growing in more ways than one. That's what regional leaders tell the public at the Chamber of Commerce Economic Summit held earlier today.
Daudt urges businesses to boycott, leave noncompetitive cities

It was a remarkable moment during a legislative panel discussion, but it seemed to pass unnoticed at the time. However, some on social media took note...Daudt appeared before an audience of suburban business leaders at the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce event on Jan. 11. Three other legislative leaders also appeared.
Lots of progress to report, lots on our plate in 2019

What a year! My first 12 months as president/CEO of the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce has been a very busy, yet fulfilling year. I cannot thank the Kearney community enough for its encouragement and support.
Chamber president search narrowed to 5

The Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce could potentially have its next president hired in the coming weeks. The chamber’s search committee, made of Dennis Grennan, Chad Dhyrkopp, Lisa Kaslon, Ken Curry, Sarah Pillen and Steve Line, has narrowed its list that started with 12 to five viable candidates.
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