September 16, 2019
Leaders in Local Government 2019
Leaders in Local Government Awards

The Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce and other East Metro Chambers, hosted the 2019 Leaders in Local Government Awards Luncheon on Thursday, September 12, 2019. The lunch honors organizations who exemplify and demonstrate innovation, excellence, and success in local government. 
Congratulations to The Dakota County Sheriff’s Department, Tim Leslie was the winner in the Public Safety category where the department lobbied to build a Safety and Mental Health Alternative Response Training (SMART) Center. The SMART Center will provide a place for training all first responders dealing in increasing mental health calls. 
Congratulations to the City of Burnsville which was a finalist in two categories, the Business Retention and Expansion Category and Planning, Land Use, and Public Works Category. 
The Dakota County Regional Chamber was honored to have both the Dakota County Sherriff and the City of Burnsville nominated and recognized for their contributions in making Dakota County a strong, vibrant, successful place to do business. 
Minnesota Monthly  has Chosen Eagan as a Top 10 Finalist in its 2019 “Best MN Town” Search

Which town best embodies the “Spirit of Minnesota?” That’s the question  Minnesota Monthly  seeks to answer. It is up to the citizens of Minnesota to cast their vote from the Top 10 finalists as chosen by the editorial team of  Minnesota Monthly : Alexandria, Eagan, Fergus Falls, Grand Marais, Lanesboro, Moorhead, Northfield, Savage, St. Peter, and Winona. The public is invited to vote for their favorite town on  through 5:00 p.m. on September 30, 2019.
Dakota County Transit Opportunities Workshop for Employers*
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Is your company having issues attracting talent or retaining talent due to limited transit services? 

Please join the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce (DCRC), East Metro Strong, and our consultant, Christof Spieler of Huitt-Zollars, for an interactive discussion of employer needs and opportunities around transit in Dakota County, including:
  • Your workforce needs
  • Other needs that transit may help address
  • Specific challenges and opportunities in different types of destinations
  • How employers can support the DCRC Transit Study
  • What the DCRC Transit Study will produce, and how
*This workshop is for employers only.  If you would like to attend but are not an employer, we are holding a general session workshop on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
tridistrict career and college readiness
Are You Interested in Influencing the Future Workforce? Are you Looking For a Way to Share Your Expertise? 

The TriDistrict Career and College Readiness Initiative, in collaboration with Henry Sibley High School, is looking for mentors in it's Warrior Seminar course. Warrior Seminar is a course that all Henry Sibley High School students take in their freshmen year. Among other topics, career and college readiness is an area where we need your help. Mentors meet 4 times during the year with their mentees to discuss career awareness, workforce readiness, and the skills and attitudes needed to turn an interest or passion into a job, and a job into a career. 

Sound interesting? Contact Ben Kusch at  for more information, and to sign up to make an impact in the lives of our youth!
Dakota County Seeks Input on Trash and Recycling Policies

Dakota County is requesting feedback from commercial organizations 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.  

Check out the County’s project website  for more information about the proposed changes and project schedule. 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. 
Business Excellence Gala

Know a person, business, or nonprofit that is part of the DCR Chamber and doing extraordinary work around Dakota County, nominate them today for the 2019 Business Excellence Gala! The DCR Chamber will be giving out six awards this year for:
  • Business Excellence Awards (Large and Small Business)
  • Community Impact Award 
  • Above and Beyond Award
  • Legacy Award
  • Inclusionary Employer of the Year
Nominations for the Business Excellence Gala close on Friday, September 20. Don't miss out on the opportunity nominate a person, business, or nonprofit making Dakota County a better place to live and work. Nominate here.

Accepting donations:
Are you or your business able to donate a bottle of wine or spirits valued at $15.00+? As part of the Business Excellence Gala, we host a wine and spirits pull to raise funds for our Charitable Foundation that supports our community outreach programs and partners. Last year this was one of our most popular events and we hope to double our proceeds this year.  For more information click here!  
Party It Forward on September 21, 2019

PARTY IT FORWARD is a community-wide celebration supporting the mission of DARTS: creating connections that enrich aging.

Established in 1974, DARTS is a 501 (c) (3) organization that helps older adults lead independent lives. DARTS provides transportation and home services to seniors, caregiver support, and intergenerational volunteer opportunities.
Register now for a night of live/silent auctions, appetizer food, drinks, dancing and community at this come-and-go event!
Networking   at its  Best
Registration is Required
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, October 10, 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 19, 2019
8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Thursday, September 26, 2019
11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Friday, October 4, 2019
7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, September 19, 2019
4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 3, 2019
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Free screening of Abominable & The Joker, axe throwing, pop & popcorn!
New Members
For more information on becoming a member, please email Nicole McCarthy at or call her at 651-288-9200.
Renewed Members
If you have questions or concerns about your membership renewal, please contact Pam Schmidt at  or call 651-452-9872.
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