Weekly Update:
February 18, 2019
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Chamber & Community News
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What We Learned From Walz's Decision on Line 3

Gov. Tim Walz said Tuesday his administration will pursue a legal challenge to a proposed oil pipeline in northern Minnesota. The announcement was the DFLer's first real foray into the debate over Enbridge's Line 3, and drew jubilation from pipeline opponents and frustration from the project's supporters. The choice represents only a snippet of larger fights ahead as Enbridge continues to work its plans through the legal and regulatory process.

Photo Credit: MinnPost photo by Peter Callaghan
CoffeeNet at Evolve
Thank you to our hosts at Evolve for sponsoring a great CoffeeNet on Feb. 13th for our Chamber members!

Food For Thought
Economic Trends
Tuesday, February 26
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Evolve Workplace, WSP
$25 members/$35 non-members
Open to the public & includes lunch! 

Join us to hear what's working for local businesses! Presented by:
Sean O’Neil, Business Development Coordinator, Grow MN!
  • Hear insights on business success in the River Heights region and how this compares to what we heard from businesses through our 2018 Grow MN! visits 
  • Understand broader economic trends impacting our area and what’s behind these trends
  • Learn some of the major opportunities and challenges for future growth in our business community
Don't Miss This Year's Small Business Award Luncheon & Trade Show - April 25th!
Small Business Award Luncheon & Trade Show
Thursday, April 25
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Mendakota Country Club

Featuring Keynote
"When Generations Connect": Communicating Across Generational Divides

WOW - See Why This Keynote is Important!

  • 10,000 Baby Boomers will turn 65 every day for the next 16 years (AARP)
  • Many organizations are approaching a mass exodus of leadership
  • Gen Xers are stepping into leadership roles and redefining corporate cultures
  • By 2020, Millennials will comprise 50% of the American workforce (US Bureau of Labor)
  • By 2025, Millennials will comprise 75% of the global workforce (US Bureau of Labor)
  • 74% of Gen Zers say they struggle with in-person communication (BridgeWorks)

Upcoming Chamber Events
Chamber Meetings & Events This Week:

Monday, February 18
  • Chamber Offices Closed in Observance of President's Day

Tuesday, February 19
Ambassador Visits & Meeting
  • 3:00 p.m. - Therapy OPS, Rachel and Chris Kuenzli - New Members - 2925 Buckley Way, Inver Grove Heights
  • 3:30 p.m. - Historic Concord Exchange, Karna DeFoe - 200 Concord Exchange North, South St. Paul
  • 4:00 p.m.Footh Auto Sales, Ben Footh - 528 Concord Exchange South, South St. Paul
  • 4:30 p.m. - February Business Meeting

Wednesday, February 20
  • 8:00 a.m. - Business Owners Roundtable @ Chamber
  • 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. - Business Card Exchange @ Jersey's Bar & Grill, IGH

Thursday, February 21
  • 8:00 a.m. - River Heights Chamber Board of Directors @ Chamber
  • 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. - Multi-Chamber Business After Hours @ Historic John P. Furber Farm, Cottage Grove
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Economic Development News
Kara Perry, Inver Grove Heights City Councilmember Joins Progress Plus Board of Directors
I have lived in IGH since 2004 with my husband of 16 years. We have 2 kids who are 5 and 9. I have been my kids PTA for 5 years and was part of my HOA board for years prior to joining IGH City Council in January of 2017. I worked in childcare for 8 years and then banking for roughly 10 before becoming a SAHM for most of the last 5 years. I enjoy reading, photography, essential oils and volunteering in a variety of capacities. I ran for IGH Council after being Admin on the IGH FB Chat page because residents wanted me to run, never thinking I would actually win, I filed to run and I was elected. So, I dove in the deep end so to speak, and quickly learned in a fast amount of time about local government.
Member News & Events
Inver Grove Heights CVB Website Wins National Award
The Service Industry Advertising Awards recognizes VisitIGH.com website
Service Industry Advertising Awards (SIAA) announced the Inver Grove Heights Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) website has received a MERIT AWARD in the travel/transportation services category at the 16 th Annual Service Industry Advertising Awards.

Cory Wendt, Lead Web Developer, at Lime Valley Advertising stated, “The website was a challenging but hugely enjoyable project for us. We often refer to it as one of our favorites here at Lime Valley, so we’re incredibly excited the SIAA organization agrees!”

The Service Industry Advertising Awards (SIAA) recognizes creative and communication excellence in the service industry. In this year’s event, over 1,800 entries from over 600 agencies were evaluated by a national panel of judges for execution, creativity, quality and overall breakthrough. 

Eric Satre, Inver Grove Heights CVB Director said, “We are honored to be recognized for our website and look forward to building on the momentum. The Visit IGH website is an essential resource for tourism in our city.”

Congratulations to the Ambassador of the Month for January!
Andy Lucking, Certified Financial Planner
2315 Waters Drive
Mendota Heights, MN 55120
(651) 272-3511
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