September 30, 2019
transit study 2019
County Transit Workshops

The DCR Chamber and East Metro Strong launched the Dakota County Transit Opportunities Analysis with Christof Spieler, Transit Consultant with Huitt- Zollars. As a part of this study the Chamber held interactive workshops for employers in Dakota County as well a general session for communities/cities, transit providers, county and elected officials on Wednesday, September 25, 2019.   
The workshops included an overview of the possible benefits of transit to Dakota County, existing conditions, and challenges. Small group discussions involved the following:
  • Goals for transit in Dakota County
  • What key transit markets do you see – origins/destinations, types of employees, work schedules
  • What does transit do if it is going to be useful
  • Workforce needs
  • Other needs that transit might address
  • Challenges and opportunities
Over the next few months we will be surveying, collecting data, and interviewing businesses. We will then follow up with a second series of workshops to discuss the recommendations and opportunities for transit in Dakota County.

If you would like to be involved and receive ongoing updates please contact Maureen Scallen Failor at
Helping Minnesota Cops Deal With Those in Crisis

Read the Star Tribune Editorial Board's article about Dakota County's new center to provide training on mental-health calls. The Safety and Mental Health Alternative Response Center is set to break ground in Inver Grove Heights in the spring and will provide training for dealing with tense situations that can arise during responses to those in mental health crisis.
October Public Affairs Breakfast: A Conversation with US Representative Angie Craig

Representative Angie Craig joins the DCR Chamber of Commerce for our 1st meeting of the 2019-2020 DCR Chamber's Public Affairs Breakfast series. We will hear from Representative Craig about representing the 2nd Congressional District, her priorities, and her thoughts on her first months in office. Register today.
The Technology of Cultivating and Connecting

Join us for our October program which will focus on social media and marketing strategies. 

  • Connect with new and current customers by leveraging social media platforms' content strategy and learning how to grow your audience with strategic objectives and goals. 
  • Cultivate more meaningful business relationships by telling your story through marketing automation, email marketing, and website design.  
The Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce annual Business Excellence Gala
takes place on Friday, November 1, 2019 at the Radisson Blu – Mall of America. This
event honors businesses that demonstrate innovation, growth, and leadership within the
Dakota County Region.

Is your business able to donate alcohol valued at $15.00 for the Wine & Spirits Pull? Proceeds
will be donated to the DCR Chamber Foundation which supports our community
outreach programs and partners.

Your donation will be appreciated by approximately 200+ guests, but also:
  • Provides a tax deduction
  • Provides brand exposure

Download the donation form here. Thank you for your support!
Building a Diverse, Inclusive and Equitable Workforce

Dakota County Technical College and Inver Hills Community College are hosting a community forum designed as a starting point to diversify and create equitable and inclusive work environments. The forum will include a keynote address by Sonja Simpson, Director of Employer Relations, Center for Economic Inclusion followed by a panel discussion on practical strategies.  Register today.
With the 50th anniversary of Neighbors, Inc. approaching, the Neighbors Board of Directors adopted an updated organizational vision to carry Neighbors into the future.

Trinity School at River Ridge in Eagan was one of ten standout Minnesota schools recognized by the United State Department of Education.
Networking   at its  Best
Registration is Required
Thursday, October 10, 2019
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, October 3, 2019
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
*Free screening of Abominable & The Joker, axe throwing, pop & popcorn!

Monday, October 7, 2019
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
*Click the event link for a FREE COMBO coupon!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
New Members
3470 Washington Drive, Suite 103
Eagan, MN 55121
Phone: (651) 456-8834

Mosaic Crop Nutrition, LLC
5300 Pine Bend Trail
Rosemount, MN 55068
Phone: (651) 437-6191
80 South 8th Street, Suite 900
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: (612) 418-7497

778 Interlachen Draw
Woodbury, MN 55125
Phone: (651) 485-1417
For more information on becoming a member, please email Nicole McCarthy at or call her at 651-288-9200.
Renewed Members
Xcel Energy - 57 years
Houlihan's - 22 years
Navegate - 19 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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