September 9, 2019
Angie Craig
A Conversation with US Representative Angie Craig

Freshman Representative Angie Craig joins the DCR Chamber of Commerce for our 1st meeting of the 2019-2020 DCR Chamber's Public Affairs Breakfast series. From her first days being dominated by the Federal Government shutdown to the controversies in Washington D.C., we will hear from Representative Craig about representing the 2nd Congressional District, her priorities, and her thoughts on her first eight months in office.

Register today to join us for this October Public Affairs Breakfast on Friday, Oct. 4 at Lost Spur Golf and Event Center.

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Submit Your Business Excellence Nominations

The 2019 Business Excellence Gala will be taking place Friday, November 1, 2019 at the Radisson Blu – Mall of America. The Business Excellence Gala will recognize businesses, non-profits, and individuals who are making Dakota County a better place to live and work. Awards presented at the Business Excellence Gala are:

  • Business Excellence Award (Large & Small Business Award)
  • Community Impact Award
  • Above and Beyond Award
  • Legacy Award
  • Inclusionary Employer of the Year

If you know a business, non-profit, or individual that is a part of the DCR Chamber that you believe should be recognized we encourage you to nominate them  here
District 196 Superintendent Explains Request for Levy Referendum Increase

Mary Kreger, superintendent of the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools, presented information about the district’s levy (for learning) referendum request at the September 5 Public Affairs Committee meeting. She said the district is requesting an increase in its voter-approved operating levy to avoid an additional $18 million in budget cuts over the next two years and fund improvements to classroom staffing, mental health support for students, and access to after-school assistance and activities.

If voters do not approve the levy, Kreger said there would be no increase in school taxes, the $7 million in budget adjustments implemented for this school year would continue, and the district would begin a process to identify up to $18 million in additional cuts for the next two years. The 10-year levy would increase school district property taxes by $25 per month on the average-value home in District 196 (currently $286,500).

Voting by absentee ballot begins September 20 and runs through Election Day Tuesday, November 5, 2019. For more information about the referendum and voting, go to .
Public Affairs Round Table – District 51 – Space Available
Please join the DCR Chamber in our Public Affairs Round Table discussion with members of Legislative District 51 to discuss public policy initiatives which are important to our communities and members. We are pleased to have the following Legislators be part of this important conversation.
  • Senator Jim Carlson, District 51
  • Representative Laurie Halverson, District 51B
  • Representative Sandi Masin, District 51A
Thursday, September 19, 2019
8:00 am – 9:30 am
Rasmussen College
3500 Federal Drive
Eagan, MN 55122
The Dakota County CDA is seeking to sponsor three qualified business CEOs to participate in the 2019/2020 CEO Next Business Institute that will start late October/early November and go through June 2020.

Come to the #RockWhatYouGot: Women's Summit Leadership Symposium on September 13 to hear Courtney Burton and Carole Burton talk all about Navigating Transitions: Three life skills to embrace change when life gets tough!
Networking   at its  Best
Registration is Required
Thursday, September 12, 2019
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, September 26, 2019
11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 19, 2019
4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
New Members
Mitch Waltman - Equity Source Mortgage, Inc.
Direct Phone: 763-447-6505
Cell Phone: 651-592-8779
U.S. Bank Wealth Management
3629 Krestwood Lane
Eagan, MN 55123
For more information on becoming a member, please email Nicole McCarthy at or call her at 651-288-9200.
Renewed Members
Hy-Vee - 3 years

If you have questions or concerns about your membership renewal, please contact Pam Schmidt at  or call 651-452-9872.
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