Weekly Update: August 6, 2018
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Did You Know...
Make Your Vote Count - Primary Election Aug. 14th

What is a primary election?
A primary election determines which candidates will be on the ballot in the November general election.

For example, five candidates from one political party might run for governor. Only one candidate can be on the ballot in November. The winner of the August 14th primary election will represent their party on the November 6th election ballot.
There may be two kinds of offices on your primary ballot: partisan offices and nonpartisan offices.

Joint Chamber CoffeeNet @ DARTS
Thank you to DARTS for hosting the Chamber's joint CoffeeNet and to everyone who attended to kick-off August with a great networking event!

If you didn't make it, no worries, join us for the next networking event at Heppner's Auto Body on Aug. 7th!
Ambassador Visits
The River Heights Chamber Ambassadors met with the following area businesses for prospect visits on August 2. Reach out and encourage them to become Chamber members!

Glassing Florist
Parkview Cat Clinic
Simon's Appliance
Upcoming Chamber Events
Chamber Meetings & Events This Week:

Tuesday, August 7:
  • 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. - Business Card Exchange @ Heppner's Auto Body, IGH

Thursday, August 9:
  • 8:00 a.m. - Inver Grove Heights Local Issues @ ISD 199 District Office, IGH
Food For Thought Membership Luncheon

On the Menu... Branding.
Tuesday, August 21
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
evolve Workplace
260 Wentworth Ave E.,
West St Paul, MN 55118

Join us for a membership lunch with FootePrint Marketing & Advertising to hear more of what branding (or rebranding) is all about and be there to see the unveiling of the River Heights Chamber's new brand!
Chamber Clay Shoot Fundraiser Now Seeking Sponsorships
The River Heights Chamber is seeking sponsors for its Second Annual Clay Shoot on September 27th - Click on the sponsor opportunities below and sign up this week to be included in the invitation and special promotions!
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Economic Development News - Progress Plus
Welcome New Inver Grove Heights Community Development Director
The City of Inver Grove Heights has hired Janice Gundlach for the Community Development Director position. The current Community Development Director, Tom Link will be retiring in August after more than 32 years with the City.

Janice has over 16 years of community development experience. She began her career as a City Planner and through the years her responsibilities have expanded into economic development, progressively taking on more complex projects and advancing to leadership roles in her department and within the economic development area locally. Janice has been working for the City of New Brighton for over 12 years where she is the Assistant Director of Community Assets & Development/Planning Director. One of her biggest accomplishments was being
the project manager for a 100-acre brownfield redevelopment project known as the New Brighton Exchange.

Janice is excited to transition her career to the City of Inver Grove Heights and she is looking forward to the new challenges that come with a larger, growing, urban/rural community that is just starting to engage in economic development efforts. 

Member News & Events
Ann Bailey Chosen as 80 th  Minneapolis A quatennial Ambassador Organization Commodore and Jackie Paul, Captain.
DARTS, a community-based nonprofit serving older adults and their families in and around Dakota County, is proud that Ann Bailey, President of DARTS , has been selected as the 2019 Minneapolis Aquatennial Commodore for its 80 th  year, recognizing her leadership excellence.

Aquatennial was founded by business owners as a way to promote Minneapolis and the Twin Cities. The  Aquatennial Ambassador Organization  mission is to inspire young women to achieve extraordinary futures by providing professional development opportunities through networking and mentoring. Ann’s role as Commodore is to lead the Ambassador family, consisting of the Queen of the Lakes, two Aquatennial Princesses and two Captains in promoting Minnesota and Minneapolis.  

For the first time in 80 years, the Commodore and the two Captains are all women. Bailey is pleased that her team represents women in various leadership phases in their lives: Jackie Paul, Development Associate with 360 Communities and Marjorie Weinhagen, Mother of Three and Office Manager at Weinhagen Tire Company.

The Ambassador team will make over 300 personal appearances across Minnesota and seven appearances throughout the United States and in Winnipeg, Canada. Bailey decided to take on this volunteer task because it is an excellent opportunity to reach out to women of all ages to demonstrate we are all community leaders and provide mentoring through conversations and example. Their mission is to fulfill the Aquatennial mission and to empower women to find and use their leadership voices along the team’s tag line of “ strength with compassion .”
Ambassador of the Month for June
Sue Marsden
River Heights Vineyard Church
6070 Cahill Avenue East
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
(651) 226-0921

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