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  • 2016 Financial Review. Greg Larson, CPA and Liz Kellner with Hill, Larson & Walth, PA presented the 2016 Financial Review and Chamber Bucks Reconciliation. Revenue for the year was $511,176 with expenses of $516,214 for a loss of $5,038. In addition, Chamber Bucks sales were $122,195. Motion made by Marmsoler, seconded by Fryer to accept the reports and file the related income reports; passed unanimously
  • Freedom Fest. A general outline of activities was shared with the Board. Events are planned June 30-July 4. Sponsorship sales are progressing well with nearly $80,000 raised to date. Sales will close April 30. Staff continues to work to add value to raffle ticket prizes and coupons. The Executive Committee and Festival Committee are recommending a $10 ticket. Once completed, Forstner said he would send out a copy for final approval.
  • Leadership Austin.  Participants graduate May 11. Board members were invited to join the class for the luncheon presentations. Brochures have been printed and the committee will begin recruitment of next year’s cohort.


APRIL 2017 Board of Directors

  • Downtown Retail organizes several events over the course of the year. Marie Fryer is committee chair. Events include the Downtown Rummage Sale, Crazy Day, Harvest Fest, Fall Fest and Christmas in the City.
  • Grow Minnesota! is a statewide program organized through the Minnesota Chamber. Its purpose is to help retain and assist businesses. Austin is a charter member of the effort, dating back to 2003. Over 50 chambers participate statewide. Data collected is used to connect and promote businesses across the state, advocate for their interest, and connect them to resources that can help.

Next meeting will be 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 17, in the Town Center