March 13, 2017
Kelli Morgen to Join Chamber Staff 
Your Chamber is excited to announce the addition of a second Member Relations Director! Kelli Morgen will be joining our staff as of April 1. Kelli will bring with her valuable experience she has gained working at the Lake City Chamber of Commerce for the past two years. Prior to the Lake City Chamber, Kelli spent four years with the Red Wing Visitor & Convention Bureau. She is originally from Red Wing and plans to relocate to Apple Valley.
Committed to Business... for YOU.
A Flurry of Activity at the Legislature
This past week was a flurry of activity at the Minnesota Legislature and Dakota County. Committee deadline day was on Friday which always creates a "funnel" of policy issues - now the legislature can act and react to what's been left on the table. A few noteworthy items: 
*Dakota County legislators met with your Chamber on Monday morning to discuss areas of commonality to identify at least one regional issue or project that all 18 elected officials would work together to achieve. Stay tuned for more.

*RealID was voted down last Monday by the Senate but reconsideration of the issue was agreed upon through a second vote later in the week. Watch for a cleaner version of the bill to move forward in the coming weeks. Many thanks to those of you that called or emailed your legislator on this important issue.

*We await the Senate's action of Uniform State Labor Standards. The House pass the bill in early March.

*Your Chamber testified at the Dakota County Board of Commissioners meeting last week on CTIB funding. Read more here about this important transportation issue.

*Sunday liquor sales will start July 2; Dayton signs bill.        
Let's Meet Our Elected Officials 
Over the next several weeks, we will be introducing you to our local and state officials. Today, meet Legislative District 54.
                           Senator                     Representative                Representative
                       Dan Schoen                   Keith Franke                     Tony Jurgens 
State of the What? 
Over the next month, Chamber members have an opportunity to connect with their local and county elected officials through State of the City and County Addresses. Join us to discuss various local and regional issues. Here's the lineup with easy registration links. We look forward to seeing you.   
Eagan State of the City Address by Mayor Mike Maguire - Thursday, March 16, 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Sponsored by the Minnesota Vikings. 
Dakota County State of the County Address by Commissioner Mike Slavik - Wednesday, April 5, 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Rosemount State of the City Address by Mayor Bill Droste - Thursday, April 27, 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 
Events Calendar

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7:30 a.m.

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8:00 a.m. 
Business University Committee  


7:30 a.m.
Board of Directors

8:00 a.m.
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8:00 a.m.

11:30 a.m.
Executive Committee

7:30 a.m.

7:30 a.m.
 Did You Know? 

The Hot Deals posted by your fellow Chamber members are HOT! There are currently 12 deals posted. Vacations, dental services, and more. Check it out!

The Vikings are Coming!  
Construction on the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center continues at a rapid pace. Recently two major milestones were reached at the Minnesota Vikings new home; while steel work was completed on the team headquarters in February, the same work began last week on the 92,000 square foot indoor practice facility. The construction team anticipates a steel "topping off" to take place in April. Work on the four outdoor football fields will commence this spring.
Currently 21 subcontractors, including 17 Minnesota-based companies, are working on the project under the leadership of Kraus Anderson. To date more than 40,000 work hours have gone into the project.
To stay up to date on the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center by watching the team's 24-hour live streaming camera  
Move Around Easier   
construction_hard_hat.jpg Check out more than a dozen upcoming county road improvement projects happening in Dakota County. Dakota County uses a 5-Year Capital Improvement Plan so you can see what is currently happening along with what's to come. Keep in mind that MnDOT and local municipalities might also have their own road improvement projects in 2017. Interested in what's happening with the Highway 110 project in Mendota Heights? Click here. 
Local Focus: Find Out What's Happening In Your Community
Farmington City Council meets March 13 - see the agenda
West St. Paul City Council meets March 13 - see the agenda
West St. Paul Economic Development Authority meets March 13 - see the agenda
Eagan City Council meets March 14 - see the agenda
Farmington Planning Commission meets March 14 - see the agenda
Rosemount City Council meets March 15 - see the agenda  
Rosemount City Council meets March 16 - see the  agenda 
Member Spotlight: Valuable Connections
Jeff Larson, Minnesota Energy Resources
I am the External Relations Manager at Minnesota Energy Resources. I've been working in the natural gas business since 1979 and I grew up with my father in the business so natural gas has been putting food on my table my entire life. I'm currently responsible for external affairs statewide. This includes working with commercial/industrial customers, government relations, growth projects, public safety awareness, charitable contributions and more. Membership and participation in Dakota County Regional Chamber has been important to me because it helps me develop valuable connections with local business leaders and to promote our product and our conservation improvement programs. Networking is a valuable tool to keep in touch with what's happening in our community and that helps us to provide good service to all. I've also made connections with people who I've been able to do business with in my personal life.
New Members
We welcome the following new members!

The Legacy of Farmington
PCS Residential
Simmer Down Tea
Birchwood Acupuncture
Burns, Ward and Burns
Press Line Industries
VZ Wireless, Inc. - Hastings, Farmington, Mendota Heights and Rosemount

Lebahn Insurance Agency
Alexis Lebahn
3470 Washington Drive, Suite 103
Eagan, MN 55122
(952) 463-0378
Visit website here

Lebahn Insurance Agency protects your assets from your business to your home and back.  We are a full service broker for Group Benefits and Individual Health Insurance. We assist with strategy to retain top employees within your organization while providing you with many value-added benefits.  Our top services include; Enrollment meetings, On-site CPR/AED Certification, Employee Appreciation Days, 200+ online courses, 2017 Updated Employee Handbook Creation, Access to legal help.  We also will be your Preferred Agency for Worker's Comp, Business Liability, Commercial Auto and have a division for protecting your personal assets - Home, Auto, Recreational, Life and Pet Insurance.
Watch for more information about these fine companies in upcoming Weekly Updates.
Renewing Members
Last week these awesome members renewed their Chamber membership. Thank you!!  
Morgan Planning Group - 28 years
Eagan YMCA - 24 years
DSV Air & Sea - 21 years
Sun Thisweek and the Dakota County Tribune - 16 years
Rosemount Floral - 13 years
Dodge Nature Center - 5 years
SASCO Investments, LLP - 3 years
The Flats at Cedar Grove - 2 years
Express Window Fashions - 1 year
Mortgages Unlimited, Inc. - 1 year 
Celebrate Business Success
News on what's happening with our members and in the community!

Congratulations to SPIRE Credit Union who has been honored with the second place 2016 National Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award.  The award recognizes credit unions for the activities they coordinate that benefit their community or a specific charity. Read more.

Brianna "Bri" Dennis recently joined the staff of the Eagan Convention & Visitors Bureau as their marketing coordinator. Bri is responsible for assisting with the Eagan CVB's overall marketing, public relations and social media strategies. Welcome Bri!

Congratulations to Renee Lawler on being promoted to Area Director of Marketing for Simon Properties. Renee now manages marketing efforts for both Twin Cities Premium Outlets and Albertville Premium Outlets.

Our Ambassadors and ribbon cutting sponsor Valley Staffing, celebrated the opening of DSW in Eagan. DSW is the latest retailer to open in Central Park Commons. Welcome to the Chamber DSW!

DARTS is pleased to welcome new Board Members: Cricket Buntje, CSA Area Owner of Senior Care Authority; Branna Lindell, Executive Director of South St. Paul HRA and Jim Ganger, Vice President of Partner and Member Development at SPIRE Credit Union.  These individuals are volunteering their time to serve a three-year term. 
 Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce
3352 Sherman Court, Suite 201
Eagan, MN 55121