June 27, 2016
2018: Skol Vikings! 
Welcome to Eagan! Last Tuesday, Eagan's City Council approved the Minnesota Vikings final development application which means we should see shovels in the ground soon for this nearly 200-acre, multi-use development which is anticipated to generate hundreds of millions of economic investment over the next 15 years. It is expected that the practice facility and headquarters will be ready for the 2018 season.

Prior to the 2018 season, Minnesota will play host to the Super Bowl LII in February at U.S. Bank Stadium. There will be many events happening in conjunction with the Super Bowl throughout the metro area. There are a few ways you can get involved in this event that will bring much excitement and economic benefit to Minnesota. Here's how you can get involved:
  • Business Connect: The Host Committee is bringing the NFL's Super Bowl Business Connect program to Minnesota's business community. Business Connect offers certified, diverse business owners in our region an opportunity to participate in the Super Bowl contracting process. The supplier diversity program also provides networking, educational and business development opportunities to encourage greater business success for each participant. Click here for more information on the Business Connect program.
  • Volunteer: 8,000 - 10,000 volunteers will be needed to execute Super Bowl LII. Sign up on the Super Bowl website to receive information about the event and be notified when volunteer sign up will begin.
Committed to Business... for YOU.
School Board candidates' forum scheduled for July 20; election is August 9
Your Chamber has scheduled a School Board Candidates' Forum for Wednesday, July 20 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Rosemount City Hall Council Chambers.  The seven residents who filed candidacy to fill the vacant board seat were invited to participate.
The special School Board election will be held Tuesday, Aug. 9 in conjunction with Minnesota's statewide primary election. The candidate-elect will serve the remainder of the four-year term vacated by Rob Duchscher, who was re-elected in November and resigned from the board in March after moving out of the district.  Duchscher's term runs through Jan. 6, 2020. To see the names of the candidates, click here.
Get Involved on a Committee 
Make the most out of your Chamber membership by getting involved on a committee. It provides an opportunity to get to know your fellow committee members on a more personal level along with being a great volunteer experience. As you can see on the event calendar below, your Chamber has variety of committees (highlighted in green) that meet each month. Here is a list of some of the committees you may want to consider based on your interests:

Government Affairs 
Small Business University
Women's Conference 
Business Excellence Awards 
Golf Classic

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Emily Corson, 651.288.9202.

Events Calendar

7:30 a.m.
PAC Board

8:00 a.m.

7:30 a.m.
PAC Board

Happy 4th of July!

Chamber Office Closed

8:00 a.m.
SBU Committee

11:30 a.m.
SMYPro Committee


8:00 a.m.


7:30 a.m.
Executive Committee

9:00 a.m.
Communications Committee


7:30 a.m.

7:30 a.m.

7:30 a.m.
Government Affairs Committee
Quick Poll Results
Your Chamber is going to be celebrating a big anniversary in the next fiscal year. Last week we asked how old you thought we will be. 50% of respondents guessed 50 years and 50% guessed 60 years. And the correct answer is:

A: 40 
B: 50 
C: 60 - Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce was started in 1957!
D: 70

Construction Planned for Highway 110    
MnDOT has construction planned for Highway 110 from Highways 13/55 to I-494 for the summer of 2017. This project includes pavement, drainage, signing, and pedestrian improvements, including a Dakota County grade separated facility just east of Highway 149/Dodd Road.  
MnDOT is hosting an informal business meeting on Wednesday, June 29th from 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. at Mendoberri CafĂ© to help get more information out to businesses in the area.  If you are interested in attending, click here for more information.

For more information related to the project, click here. 
Meeting Date Set to Discuss Revitalization of Downtown Rosemount 
The City of Rosemount continues to work on revising their Comprehensive Plan. Those interested are invited to attend a meeting on June 27 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall to discuss downtown Rosemount specifically. They are seeking ways to continue efforts to revitalize downtown Rosemount and will be evaluating opportunities to plan for additional commercial and residential growth in the study area. Click here to read more
Local Focus: Find Out What's Happening In Your Community
West St. Paul City Council meets June 27 - see the agenda 
Mendota Heights Planning Commission meets June 28 - see the agenda
Rosemount Planning Commission meets June 28 - see the agenda
Eagan Advisory Planning Commission meets June 28 - see the agenda  
Member Madness Campaign Results Announced 
We are very excited to announce that Team Mark is the big winner in our Member Madness Campaign competition! It was a close race but Team Mark beat out Team Cindy by one new member.

Thank you so much to all those that shared referrals and brought in new members! Special thanks to Mike Zipko, Zipko Strategy, who had the most points on Team Mark and Scott Swenson, Home Federal, had the most points on Team Cindy. Here are the winners of the Member Madness Campaign prizes:

Brenda Johnson, Anchor Bank = Four Twins Tickets compliments of Gateway Bank
Scott Swenson, Home Federal = Social Membership at Southview Country Club compliments of Southview Country Club
Renee Lawler, Twin Cities Premium Outlets = Two Tickets to the St. Paul Saints on August 4
Debi McConnell, Medi-CAR Auto Repair = Programmable Casserole Slow Cooker compliments of Dakota Electric
Mike Zipko, Zipko Strategy = One ticket to Small Business University on September 22
Member Spotlight: A Great Way to Grow Your Business  
Jessica Aubel
Insurance is what I sell, Dreams are what I protect! I have been selling insurance for over 4 years now on behalf of The Pallais Agency/ American Family Insurance. I have a passion for caring for people and making sure I can offer peace of mind. Insurance is more than a policy, it's a relationship that I like building with my clients. I offer Auto, Home, Business, and Life Insurance. Our team here at the Pallais Agency joined DCR Chamber in November 2013. We as a team have joined the Ambassadors group, attended Coffee Breaks, holiday lunches and ribbon cuttings. I also enjoy attending the WomEn's Circle each month and the Women's Conference every year! When we moved our office in 2015 we hosted a ribbon cutting with the Chamber as well. We encourage other business owners to join the chamber which offers education, leadership, and networking knowledge. It's a great way to grow your business!
Chamber Hires New Member Relations Director
Your Chamber is very excited to announce the hire of Lori Oelrich as your new Member Relations Director.  Lori has extensive professional experience in various sales positions throughout her career including nearly 12 years with Chamber member, Midwest Coca-Cola Bottling.  She is a graduate from the College of Saint Benedict (she even was a Chamber intern at one point) and resides in Burnsville with her husband and three boys.  Lori will spend a few days in the office in early July and begins full-time on July 18.  Please be sure to welcome Lori when you see her.       
New Members
We welcome the following new members!

Mike's Butcher Shop
Minnesota Services
Running Room, Inc. - Eagan
Summit Medical 

Watch for more information about these fine companies in upcoming Weekly Updates.
Celebrate Business Success
News on what's happening with our members and in the community!

Congratulations to The UPS Store Eagan North on celebrating have been in the Eagan community for the past 20 years!

Kudos to Flint Hills Resources who recently awarded Discovery Scholarships to 26 students from 13 high schools in Dakota & Washington counties. Each student received $2,500 in recognition of their academic performance, leadership skills, and entrepreneurial vision. See the full press release.
 Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce
3352 Sherman Court, Suite 201
Eagan, MN 55121