September 19, 2016
Will You be Coming to the Chamber Office this Week? 
Progress continues to be made on Pilot Knob Road between Yankee Doodle Road and Northwood Parkway. The week of September 19, you will not be able to turn onto Northwood Parkway or Central Parkway from Pilot Knob Road. Those visiting the Chamber offices should be able to turn onto Marice Drive from either the north or southbound lanes of Pilot Knob Road or by traveling West on Northwood Parkway from Denmark Avenue to Sherman Court. Happy travels!!! 
Kianna Notermann Joins DCR Chamber Staff 
Kianna Notermann recently joined the Chamber staff as a Communications and Marketing Intern. She will be working part-time through fall semester. Currently she is a senior at the University of Minnesota studying Business and Marketing Education as well as Communication Studies. When she's not at work or school, she's planning events for her school's music venue, practicing with her competitive sales team, or making videos & taking pictures. She's very excited to be working at DCR Chamber! Please join us in welcoming Kianna
Committed to Business... for YOU.
Seeking Policy Wonks  
Your Chamber is gearing up for the 2017 Legislative Session and is seeking members interested in helping shape and advance policies to enhance the economic climate for businesses in the Dakota County region and State of Minnesota.  Your issues and opinions drive our agenda at the local, state and federal levels.  Whether advocating for business property tax relief, ensuring transportation funding for a multi-modal, integrated system, or quality health care that is affordable, we encourage your engagement in the process.  To find out more and take the next steps toward involvement, contact Vicki Stute.       
DCR Chamber to Host Highly Contested CD2 Debate   
With the retirement of Congressman John Kline, Minnesota's Second Congressional District is being closely watched by the nation during the 2016 election season. Your Chamber is honored to host, one of only a handful of debates between Angie Craig (D) (invited), Jason Lewis (R) (confirmed), and Paula Overby (I) (confirmed). Join us on Monday, October 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Valleywood Golf Course.

The debate will kickoff "Good Day Dakota County," the new monthly general membership meeting of Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce! Good Day Dakota County offers attendees an opportunity to learn from informative and entertaining guest speakers, hear about local and regional business issues, and network with other Chamber members.  Register today as space is limited.
                  Angie Craig                     Jason Lewis                    Paula Overby  
Network at Why Not Wednesday  
Join us for Why Not Wednesday on Wednesday, October 5 from 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Bonfire Woodfire Cooking in Eagan. Food and beverages will be served! Bring your business cards and get ready for an evening of fun, networking and socializing!  Please invite your fellow co-workers, friends, and others. Click here to register.  
Events Calendar

7:00 p.m.

7:30 a.m.
Board of Directors


7:30 a.m.

9:30 a.m.

7:30 a.m.
Government Affairs Committee

8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m.

8:30 a.m.
PAC Board

4:30 p.m.

7:30 a.m.
Executive Committee

11:30 a.m.
SMYPro Committee 

4:30 p.m.

11:00 a.m.
Meet the Chamber

11:30 a.m.

3:30 p.m.
Business Excellence Awards Committee

8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m.
Did You Know?
All of our candidate forums are available for your viewing pleasure in the voter guide section of our website. Check it out
Have You Heard the News? Over 50% of Workers Surveyed are Open to Leaving Their Current Employers 
According to, as the economy continues to improve, so do the chances of your employees looking for new job opportunities in 2016. A new survey from Aon Hewitt, the global talent, retirement and health solutions business of Aon plc, finds 52% of employees are open to leaving their current employers for new opportunities. Of these employees, 44% are actively looking for new roles. Read more. 
Where are the Job Openings? 
If you're searching for a new job in the area, you're in luck. Below is a listing of the companies hiring in Dakota and Scott Counties with most jobs posted from August 15 - September 15 (Wanted Analytics).

Thomson Reuters - 504                       Mystic Lake Casino - 155
Allina Health - 279                              Pizza Hut - 152
Target Corporation - 271                   Express Employment Professionals - 148
Aerotek - 170                                      Mystic Lake Casino Hotel - 139
Playworks - 162                                   Robert Half International - 136

Click here for more information from Wanted Analytics on the top 10 occupations for posted jobs, the top 10 requested "hard skills", and more.

Your Chamber works in partnership with the Dakota Scott Workforce Investment Board to address workforce shortages and other labor issues on behalf of the region.  A special thanks to the WIB for providing this important data.
Local Focus: Find Out What's Happening In Your Community
Farmington City Council meets September 19 - see the agenda
West St. Paul Planning Commission meets September 20 - see the agenda
Rosemount City Council meets September 20 - see the agenda
Rosemount Port Authority meets September 20 - see the agenda
Eagan City Council meets September 20 - see the agenda
Mendota Heights City Council meets September 20 - see the agenda
Farmington Economic Development Authority meets September 22 - see the agenda  
Dakota County Board of Commissioners meets September 22 - see the agenda

This week, many of our local city councils will be setting their 2017 preliminary levy limits.  Are you interested in how much your property taxes will increase?  Tune in or attend a meeting and find out.  

Rosemount Community Development is hosting a citywide meeting on September 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Center to bring the public up to date on revisions and solicit comments on the Comprehensive Plan. Click here for more information.  
Member Spotlight: Building a Solid Foundation    
Kate Johnson, Kate's Escapes Travel 
I am the owner of Kate's Escapes Travel, a full service travel agency specializing in stress-free Hawaiian and Caribbean vacations.  I've been in the travel industry for five years and have been traveling for many more.  I believe travel is an integral part of a person's wellness. I am dedicated to helping my clients strike the perfect balance between broadening their horizons and achieving the sense of rest and relaxation they deserve. I joined the Chamber two years ago and it was a great decision for me.  Through the Chamber, I've grown as a business owner and it has helped me envision what I want the future of my company to look like.  I especially value the many lasting business relationships and friendships I've gained through my involvement with Business Owners Roundtable and other committees I've participated on. Every aspect of the Chamber that I've been involved with has brought me experience and taught me something valuable.  As a semi-new business owner, I feel it has helped me build a solid foundation for my business to grow and thrive. 
New Members
We welcome the following new members!

Associated Global Systems, Inc.
Farmers Insurance Agency - Cody Smith
No Time for Poverty

Wellington Management, Inc.
Jessie Higgins
1625 Energy Park Drive, Suite 100
Saint Paul, MN 55108
(651) 292-9844
Visit website here 

Wellington Management, Inc. was established in 1984 and is family owned and operated in St. Paul. Currently, Wellington Management, Inc. currently owns and manages a four million square foot, $350 million portfolio of more than 90 properties in 18 Twin Cities communities. More than 600 tenants have chosen to locate in Wellington buildings making the company one of the top commercial real estate firms in the Twin Cities.
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!!  
Celebrate Business Success
News on what's happening with our members and in the community!

Our Ambassadors celebrated the opening of HyVee in Eagan last Monday. The store officially opened for business on Tuesday, September 13. Welcome to Eagan!

The UPS Store in Eagan celebrated 20 years in business with a ribbon cutting last Friday. Our Ambassadors joined in their celebration! Congratulations!!

Congratulations to Troy Solis and Sol-Information Systems, LLC on celebrating seven years in business!

The West End Trap Club celebrated the completion of their new addition last week with a ribbon cutting with our Ambassadors followed by a fundraiser for the Boy Scouts. Congrats on the new addition!

Last week Huebsch Services celebrated their 125th anniversary! Huebsch Services provides work uniforms, floor mats & work clothes and more to businesses. Congratulations!

Our Ambassadors recently celebrated the opening of Hobby Lobby. Hobby Lobby is the first retailer to open in the new Central Park Commons development. Congratulations and welcome to Eagan!

 Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce
3352 Sherman Court, Suite 201
Eagan, MN 55121