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  • Members of Government Affairs are planning to participate in Business Day at the Capitol, March 8.  Directors were invited to attend.
  • Directors are encouraged to register now for the Annual Meeting, February 23.  All directors and all Chamber committees will be recognized that evening.


FEBRUARY 2017 Board of Directors

  • Amy Baskin provided an overview of the work of Business Education. She is the current chair and has served on the committee for about 25 years.  The committee is best known for its ACCESS Scholarship program, which is currently underway.  The awards banquet in March 6 at HHH.  The committee also supports Step Up Achieve; 31 students will be placed in summer internships, this year.  the committee is hosting its second annual Summer Youth Job Fair, March 29, at the high school.  Amy is aware of the CEO Program that is being considered, and said the committee would welcome an opportunity to help organize that program here.
  • Three Board Members - Tagert Medgaarden, Dan Marmsoler and Steve Murley - sit on the 100 Club Committee.  Now in its 42nd year, the 100 Club is a social fundraiser, this year's event is scheduled for March 3, at the Austin Country Club.  About $6,000 is raised, each year, with proceeds donated toward 4th of July fireworks.
  • Discover Austin attended the state visitors' convention where the Spam Museum was named New Attraction of the Year.
  • Departments will move into their new locations, following remodeling of city Hall.  Moving day is February 24.  Park and Recreation will be located in the former Clerk's area.  Federal wastewater regualtions remain a major concern for the City; relief is being sought at the Capitol.
  • Riverland enrollment rose 4 percent for Spring Semester.  Dan Hoffman has been hired as Interim Director of the Center for Agricultural and Food Science Technology.  The Hormel Foundation has pledged another $400,000 toward that program development.  MnSCU continues to search for a new chancellor.

Next meeting will be 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 15, in the Town Center