Weekly Update:
September 16, 2019
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Chamber & Community News
Did You Know...
County Seeks Feedback on Proposed Recycling and Food Waste Collection Requirements 
Dakota County is requesting feedback from commercial organizations (e.g., businesses, for and non-profit organizations, etc.) on waste and recycling policies under consideration.​

The County’s 2018-2038 Master Plan identifies strategies the County will pursue to reduce waste going to landfills and make progress toward the state's goal to recycle 75 percent of waste by 2030. The plan includes strategies to amend Ordinance 110 (Solid Waste Management) for increased accountability in the trash and recycling management system. More than 1,300 stakeholders participated in initial stakeholder engagement efforts earlier this year to gather input on possible Ordinance 110 policy approaches: to avoid unintended consequences, to identify implementation approaches, and to identify resource needs.

Using stakeholder input results, County staff revised Ordinance 110. Proposed ordinance changes may affect businesses. Changes include phased-in requirements for recycling and for large commercial generators to collect organics (food waste).  

Check out the County’s  project website  for more information about the proposed changes and project schedule, including:

It is County staff’s goal to gather feedback on proposed requirements while they are still in draft form so that reasonable Ordinance 110 conditions and associated timing are developed. Feedback is requested by October 4, 2019.  

Methods for feedback:
  1. Meet with County staff: Staff is available to meet with businesses/organizations individually and with commercial trade associations/representative groups to discuss proposed requirements. Contact Dave.Magnuson@co.dakota.mn.us to schedule a meeting, or
  2. Email County staff: Email your feedback on proposed requirements to Dave.Magnuson@co.dakota.mn.us.
CoffeeNet at Good Samaritan Society
It was great to see everyone who attended the Chamber's September CoffeeNet at Good Samaritan Society - Inver Grove Heights!

See more CoffeeNet photos here
Leaders in Local Government Awards Luncheon -
Congratulations to Dakota County Sheriff's Department!
Congratulations to the Dakota County Sheriff's Department for Winning in the Public Safety category for building their new training center in Inver Grove Heights!

See all the category award nominees here
See more photos from the event here
Upcoming Chamber Events
Chamber Meetings & Events This Week:

Tuesday, September 17
Ambassadors Business Visits:
  • 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. - click here for more details

Wednesday, September 18
  • 8:00 a.m. - NEW Business Owners Roundtable @ Chamber Office

Thursday, September 19
  • 8:00 a.m. - River Heights Chamber Board of Directors @ Chamber Office
  • 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Clay Shoot @ South St. Paul Rod & Gun Club - Sign up here
Come Shoot with Us at the Clay Shoot!
South St. Paul Rod & Gun Club

Spend the afternoon meandering through the wooded backwaters of the Mississippi River in the only outdoor gun club in the metro area.

No experience needed- Beginners Welcome to try one of the fastest growing sports and the only sport to be in both the Summer and Winter Olympics!

Join us or bring a team of five! Awards, games, food and fun included in your registration.

Sponsorships are now available. Please contact Colleen@RiverHeights.com.
Chamber RAFFLE tickets are available to purchase in the Chamber office!

  • $10 enters you for a chance to win $1,000 Grand Prize or $500 2nd place.
  • ONLY 500 tickets are printed so the odds of walking away with a grand is great and up to you! Buy 5 tickets for your 1 in 100 chance, 10 tickets 1 in 50 chance!

The drawing will be held at the Clay Shoot on September 19th at the South St. Paul Rod and Gun Club. Winners do not need to be present-- but it will be a fun filled afternoon where all are welcome!

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Economic Development & Workforce News
Minnesota Notches $5.7 Billion in Exports for Q2

Minnesota's export activity totaled $5.7 billion in the second quarter of 2019, marking a 4 percent year-over-year drop, according to a report by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The agency measures exports...

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Member News & Events
Wakota Federal Credit Union Named ‘Best Place to Bank’ for Fourth Consecutive Year
Lillie News Southwest Review Reader’s Choice 2019
South St. Paul, MN - The communities of South St. Paul, Inver Grove Heights, West St. Paul, Lilydale and Mendota Heights, readers of the  Southwest Review , voted  Wakota Federal Credit Union   (WFCU) as the  Best Place to Bank  for 2019.

“We are honored to be recognized for the fourth consecutive year as the ‘Best Place to Bank’ by Southwest Review readers” stated Mary Matheson, President and CEO of WFCU. “Thank you to everyone who voted for us and to our community for its support. And a special thank you to our exceptional team and volunteers. Our team strives to make the banking experience relaxed and pleasant for our membership. As a not-for-profit financial cooperative since 1931, our member-owners know the true value of the credit union difference.” 

“I love that every time I walk into Wakota FCU I am greeted with a smile. Many of them [staff] even know me by name” gushed long time member Brittney L. “I trust Wakota to manage my money and would recommend them to anyone who values great service and a hometown feel.” 

At Wakota FCU, members are more than another account number; they are the member-owners of the credit union. WFCU wouldn’t be what it is today without the dedicated volunteer Board of Directors and the loyal membership. “I feel our engaged and helpful staff along with our customized products and wide-range of services is what makes our tagline ‘Your Banking Alternative’ a reality” said Patty Koran, Vice President of WFCU. “It’s our mission to enrich the lives of our members; they know and appreciate that.” Wakota FCU strives to be the bridge to a successful financial future.
Ambassador of the Month for August
Bruce Bairaktaris
Quality Auto Care Center
100 South Concord Exchange
South St. Paul
(651) 457-6255

Thank you for all of your work with the Ambassadors!
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