October 21, 2019
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Iowa's only operating antique carousel is located in the city of Story City.
Highway 48 reopens after flood damage repairs

After nearly seven months, the construction to repair flood damage to a South Dakota Highway is complete...The president of the Akron Chamber of Commerce said it has been a challenging six months for many families and businesses.
Worker recruitment in Siouxland tops tri-state governors' forum

Governors from Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota will hear some familiar refrains when they convene Monday at the intersection of the three states..."With unemployment below 3 percent, it's difficult. Employers are still saying that's their No. 1 challenge -- finding the skilled workforce that they need to grow their business," said Barbara Sloniker, executive vice president of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the governors' conference.
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Few places in the country can claim the beauty of fall – Minnesota is one of them

When fall rolls around and the leaves begin to change, there’s nothing quite like hitting the road and taking in the colors. Lanesboro offers a variety of great opportunities for fall fun as the town nestled in Bluff Country offers bike paths, river access and a plethora of forest land to take in. “Lanesboro is all about the tourism,” said Bailey Otto, an administrative assistant at the Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce. “We have a nice agricultural impact as well, but everyone runs off of tourism.”
Fall colors bring tourists to Twin Ports

Under some of that snow along the North Shore this weekend, you still have a chance to check out the changing leaves. The reds, yellows, and oranges are luring leaf peepers from all over to the North shore. Chamber of Commerce president Janelle Jones says they had a great summer season, and fall is seeing the same results.
Nebraska can strengthen its tech sector opportunities

Experience in other states shows that tech-related industries can be a powerful source of economic growth and good-paying jobs, with significant appeal for young people. Nebraska has a crucial need to strengthen its tech sector...Such work complements the first-year goals of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, which aims to attract 10,000 new-to-market tech workers and strengthen opportunities for 10,000 local tech workers who are underemployed or unemployed.
Chamber announces 2019 Business Hall Of Fame Class

The Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce on Monday announced Gordon McAllister Hull and Gustavus W. Viergutz as the members of its 2019 class of inductees for its Business Hall Of Fame. The Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame will induct its 14th class of honorees from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Nov. 26 at the Ramada Hotel & River's Edge Convention Center.
Minot Chamber incoming chair urges membership to “celebrate our businesses’

The incoming chair of the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors urged the organization’s membership to get more involved in the community and the Chamber. “We want you to be more involved,”  said Tom Rafferty who will serve as chair of the Chamber’s board of directors for 2019-20.
Amid uncertain future, coal communities look to build resilience

Dwight Berger recalls when Stanton Station shut down in 2017, ending his 35-year career at the coal-fired power plant...Heier is now the executive director of the Hazen Chamber of Commerce, and one of the initiatives she focuses on is providing resources for business owners on how to be better entrepreneurs.
Allender elected first vice president of Municipal League

Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender was recently elected first vice president of the South Dakota Municipal League at the organization's annual meeting in Aberdeen...A traditional highlight of the program was the Excellence Luncheon, where South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry President David Owen addressed the group regarding the business climate and the upcoming legislative session.
Brookfield Chamber Hosts Google Workshops

The Brookfield Chamber is partnering with Grow with Google to help our community learn digital skills, with a workshop at AVI on Tuesday, October 29, 2019. At the two-session workshop, session one Get Your Business Online, individuals will learn about Google My Business, a free tool for local businesses who want to connect with customers on Google Search and Maps.
Make Chippewa Valley

The Wisconsin Economic Development Center is promoting their new project, Think.Make.Happen in WI. And part of that initiative includes the Make Chippewa Valley campaign...There is a large collaboration with Chippewa Valley SHRM manufacturing networking groups to connect the five employers (GNC, NEstle, PMI, J&D Manufacturing, Riverside) and the Eau Claire Chamber.
IT TAKES PEOPLE GIVING BACK TO MAKE A COMMUNITY THRIVE: As Enbridge celebrates 70 years in Minnesota, and prepares for the Line 3 Replacement Project, it recently boosted its annual support of the biggest bash of the year in the Gonvik / Clearbrook area as a thank you to the community—serving a meal before the parade, participating in the parade, and sponsoring the 29th annual rodeo.
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