September 3, 2018
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In 1947 and 1989 Legislative attempts were made to drop 'North' from the state name and make 'Dakota' the official state name.
Danica Patrick to keynote this year's 'Voices of Vision' event in Fargo

World class Indy car and NASCAR driver Danica Patrick will be the keynote speaker for this year's "Voices of Vision" event, put on by the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce.
Job survey shows high wage demands, limited talent hindering North Dakota

A study into the state’s workforce needs shows 28 percent of job openings go unfilled for longer than three months and 75 percent of hiring managers have no formal training budget. The study was sponsored by the North Dakota Workforce Development Council and the Greater North Dakota Chamber (GNDC) and supported by North Dakota State University’s Center for the Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise (PCPE).
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Panel says Trump tariffs are hurting South Dakota's economy

Several business and farm leaders agreed Thursday that President Trump’s threats of trade tariffs would slow South Dakota’s economy and tax revenues in the months ahead...Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce CEO Jason Ball said pork processing would be hurt, as would businesses that chill meat and businesses such as trucking and railroads.
Ball rolling on next Governor’s inaugural celebration

South Dakota will have a new governor starting in 2019 – due to term limits, Gov. Dennis Daugaard couldn't seek re-election this year...At the inauguration eight years ago, when Daugaard was a first-term governor, about 1,000 tickets were sold for each of the two events, according to Jamie Seiner, who's CEO of the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce. The chamber is handling the ticket sales again this year.
Concordia University Wisconsin adds small business innovation center

Concordia University Wisconsin  has established a new innovation center aimed at driving economic development by providing mentorship and marketing assistance to early-stage businesses in the Mequon-Thiensville area ...The Mequon-Thiensville Chamber of Commerce, Thiensville Business Association, Thiensville-Mequon Rotary and Ozaukee Economic Development are also sponsoring the program.
New Attack Against Evers Faults Pay Raises for State Workers

A new ad from the  Wisconsin  chamber of commerce accuses Democratic candidate for governor Tony Evers of spending money on raises for his staff instead of teachers, even though the law does not allow Evers as state superintendent to redirect money earmarked for staff salaries for other purposes such as teacher raises.
USS Sioux City to be commissioned November 17

More than four years after the keel was first laid for the USS Sioux City, the ship will officially be commissioned, and serve in the U.S. Navy, in November...The Siouxland Chamber has partnered with the city of Sioux City to create a website with updated information on the commissioning and options for travel and lodging.
Chamber director chosen to fellowship program

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation announced that Barb Den Herder, executive director of the Sioux Center Chamber of Commerce, has been accepted into the Business Leads Fellowship Program.
Two perspectives on proposed tax levy increase: City, Chamber of Commerce on opposite sides of issue

The Austin City Council has been discussing the 2019 budget, and expenses are calling for a $932,000, or 15.7 percent, increase in the tax levy...But for Austin Area Chamber of Commerce Director Sandy Forstner, the consistency with which the city has increased the tax levy over the past few years is concerning.
North Hennepin Area Chamber’s New Teacher Welcome is another smash hit

A total of 225 new teachers joining the Osseo Area and Brooklyn Center School Districts along with their administration leaders were guests at the North Hennepin Area Chamber of Commerce’s third New Teacher Welcome breakfast event held at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest Aug. 20 and presented by Boston Scientific.
State Chamber execs share prospects of Legislature advancing updated tax policy

Two Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry executives Thursday offered mostly sobering words about the prospects of advancing a more business-friendly state tax policy in the 2019 Legislature. “The good news is that, all of a sudden, it seems like there’s a new sense of urgency among policymakers to find solutions,” Jamie Karl, the state chamber’s vice president of public affairs and policy, told the North Platte Area Chamber and Development Corp.’s annual legislative forum.
Broken Bow To Host Chamber Legislative Forum

The Nebraska Chamber Legislative Forum will be held on Tuesday, September 11 at 8 A.M. at Adams Land & Cattle, LLC Corporate Office. This is a great opportunity for chamber members to talk about their businesses and discuss new state legislation. A large portion of the presentations will be tailored toward Blue Print Nebraska.
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