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  • Ambassadors completed a busy holiday season with Christmas in the City events. The Ambassador Christmas Party is Jan. 19. Members of the Board and their spouses/others are invited to attend. The Business Award committee has been established. Sixteen nominations have been received. The annual recognition banquet is Feb. 22 at the Holiday Inn.
  • Austin Public Schools will convene a series of public discussions regarding balanced calendar options, beginning Jan. 8. The music department hosted a 3-hour concert on Monday. The district is organizing a task force to consider facility needs; first meeting is Jan. 29 at the library.
  • Riverland. Bowron thanked the Chamber and the Ladies Night Out Committee for the $5,000 scholarship donation. The college is working with Minnesota State University on a new, 4-year flex-based business degree. The Ag department will host its annual summit, Feb. 21. The college will host outstanding from across the Midwest at a symposium in February; the business community is invited to participate.
  • City of Austin passed an 11.2 percent levy increase for 2018.The council also approved a 5-year Capital Improvement Plan, totaling more than $100 million. The City recognized 6-8 retiring staff members at the Dec. 18 council meeting


Bullets From the Board


  • Board participation for the year was reviewed. Jana Gray and Doug Nuckolls tied for the most active members and will receive a plaque for their contributions. Thank you!
  • Minnesota Chamber Priorities and Membership were recommended by both Government Affairs and the Executive Board of Directors. Directors were asked to endorse those positions as a full board and join the 2018 Minnesota Chamber Federation.

Next meeting will be at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 17, 2018, in the Town Center Conference Room