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  • Freedom Fest. The first draft of the festival brochure was shared with the Board. Sponsorship sales are complete with over 160 sponsors donating $86,000. Raffle tickets have been distributed and are selling well. Directors have been combined with Ambassador teams.
  • Agri-Business Committee is selling sponsorships for the Ag Appreciation Summer Cookout, July 18. Rates remain the same as in 2016: Gold, $275; Silver $125; Bronze $75. Over 1300 people were served at last year’s event.
  • Leadership Austin.  The 2016-17 class made final presentations and were awarded Certificates of Completion, May 11 at the Austin Country Club. Supervisors, sponsors and day leaders were invited to the presentation luncheon. Applications are open for next year’s cohort through June 13.


MAY 2017 Board of Directors

  • Ambassadors have held four ribbon cuttings in recent weeks; two more are scheduled in May. The committee has signed up for “Adopt a Highway,” agreeing to clean up a 2-miles stretch of I-90, just west of Austin.
  • Government Affairs continues to lobby legislators for Chamber priorities, and all remain in play. Conferees are working out details with the Governor’s office. Session ends Sunday, and hope remains that agreements can be reached. Moline noted that once the Legislative Session ends, the committee will focus on local units of government and their budgeting process. Fritz praised both Sen. Sparks and Rep. Poppe for listening to business concerns and in several cases “crossing the aisle” to support business-friendly legislation.
  • Community Receptionist has finalized the design for the new Welcome to Austin folders. Three thousand copies are being printed at Smyth. The committee will now turn to developing the 4th edition of the Someplace Special magazine.
  • City of Austin. Major street projects are underway, most notably reconstruction of 4th Avenue NW. Work on the 11th Drive NE bridge will begin as soon as the Oakland bridge reopens.
  • Riverland’s LPN program is ranked No. 2 in the State of Minnesota. Over 500 students graduated this spring, and more than one-half of those already have jobs in the area. Riverland traditionally places over 80 percent of its students within a 60-mile radius.
  • Austin Public Schools. Jessica Cabeen was named Minnesota’s Principal of the Year. The district is working with a group that wants to bring the Minnesota Orchestra to Austin, next year. The Elementary Education program graduated its first 24 teaches; all have already secured teaching positions.
  • Discover Austin is celebrating May Tourism Month. Austin’s Days Inn was named one of the company’s Top 100.

Next meeting will be 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 21, in the Town Center Conference Room