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  • Austin Public Schools is working with the arts community in an effort to bring the Minnesota Orchestra to Austin in 2019.
  • Riverland summer enrollment is up 4.1%. The foundation held its annual golf tournament, raising $18,000.
  • DCA is researching the feasibility of establishing a business office incubator downtown. The DCA and Chamber will co-host a workforce summit at the Hormel Home, Noon today.


JUNE 2017

  • County commissioners will reconsider a local option sales tax for transportation, June 27. The Chamber Board voted to oppose the tax, last summer, and implementation was delayed until Jan. 2018. The Board will now consider whether to enact, amend or rescind the tax. Forstner presented an outline of the Chamber’s position and “talking points.” Directors were encouraged to attend the June 27 meeting and call commissioners to express their opinion.
  • Former Hy-Vee. Clark said the City had been contacted by a prospective developer interested in developing the former Hy-Vee site. The facility was originally scheduled for demolition by June 30, but Clark is asking the Port Authority to extend that date to February 2019. The developer hopes to redevelop both the current building and construct a strip mall on green space north of the building. He is working with prospective tenants now and hopes to have commitments by September. Clark said he believes the best use for the property was retail, and “this is something we would like to see.” The development would include one mid-box retailer with smaller stores in the strip mall.

Next meeting will be 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 16, in the Town Center Conference Room