• Fall Meeting is set for 12 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the Austin Country Club. Four sitting directors have elected to run for second terms. Two other vacancies remain with one nomination in. Directors were asked to encourage others to consider serving. The Board decided not to hold its regular meeting that morning, instead opting to take care of any needed business following the meeting. The annual Board Retreat will be held at a later date.
  • Policy Statement. Government Affairs and the Chamber’s Executive Committee approved a policy statement asking the Austin City Council to reconsider (lower) plans to raise the levy 17.5 percent. Forstner presented the Chamber’s view at the August 6 Work Session, but it appears all members of the council remain supportive of the increase. Discussion will continue at the August 20 Work Session. Forstner noted that without a public outcry it was very likely the levy would rise $1 million.
  • Director Search. President Budion was not able to attend the meeting but reported that 12 applications had been received for the Executive Director position. Ads have been placed with the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Executives, Iowa Chamber of Commerce Executives, Indeed and the Austin Daily Herald. The deadline for submittal is September 20.
  • Other Business.  Wicks noted that the Karen community would host a celebration at Todd Park, Labor Day weekend. There will be a 32-team soccer tournament and other entertainment. About 5,000 people are expected to attend. The Karen are assimilating well into the community and events such as this encourage others to take a look at Austin.


Bullets From the Board


Next meeting will be at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 19, 2018, in the Town Center Conference Room

  • Downtown Retailers met on August 14 with 11 in attendance. The committee remains committed to hosting the Christmas in the City Kickoff and is considering new ideas for that event and Fall Fest.
  • Mower County CEO will launch Sept. 6. Committee members attended a conference in Effingham, IL and provided an overview of the program to students and parents at an orientation session, here. The committee continues to work on securing needed mentors and additional investors.
  • Leadership Austin kicks off with a social event, Thursday, August 23 at the Ike’s Cabin. Thirty people have confirmed their participation. Day leaders are developing their preliminary agendas. Sponsors have been confirmed.
  • AMIGO Day is sold out with 12 more golfers on the waiting list. The event will be held Sept. 10 at Meadow Greens Golf Course. Ambassadors have done a great job selling sponsorships and securing prizes. Staff is working the Meadow Greens to see if more than 144 golfers can be accommodated.
  • Day on the Farm is Sept. 18. The tour will include a new site, the Corey Hansen farm. The route will be slightly longer, but the schedule is close to the same.
  • Ladies Night Out will be held October 11 at the Holiday Inn. Beach Party is this year’s theme. The committee is seeking table sponsors and prizes.
  • Austin Public Schools held mass registration, last week. The School Board has decided not to seek a building referendum for a new elementary school. A new demographic study predicted that enrollment growth with slow over the next 5 years, estimating 150-500 more students by 2023. The facilities task force will now focus on finding a new home for the Community Learning Center and moving district offices to allow more high school classroom space.
  • Discover Austin has a busy month ahead. The River Rats will host a car show, this week. The Minnesota Mountain Bike competition and Austin ArtWorks Festival are scheduled for the end of August. The National Barrow Show is Sept. 8-12.

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