HOFFMAN NAMED INTERIM DIRECTOR OF AG & FOOD SCIENCE AT RIVERLAND


                           Dan Hoffman has been selected as Interim Director of the Center for Agricultural and Food Science Technology at Riverland Community

                           College.  Dan brings nearly 40 years of experience in agriculture, education, business and leadership to the position.  In his new role, 

                           Hoffman has been asked to provide aggressive leadership and program development for new offerings in agricultural and food sciences.








CHAMBER AWARDS ACCESS SCHOLARSHIPS


                                                         Eighth grade awards ranged between $200 and $500. 

                                                         Recipients included:   

                                                         First Place, Siri Ansorge, $500
                                                         Second Place, Katie Shin, $375

                                                         Third Place, Ella Muzik & Ava Jovaag, $250 each

                                                         Fourth Place, Chloe Schmitt & Riley Haugen, $200 each


                                                         Awards for high school seniors ranged from $750-$1500.

                                                         Recipients included:

                                                         First Place, Paige Raymond, $1500
                                                         Second Place, Miranda Bergemann, $1000

                                                         Third Place, Neftali Lopez & Katie Waller, $750 each
                                                        


BELLES AND BEAUS, HERALD, SPAM MUSEUM CLAIM BUSINESS AWARDS

Over 300 people attended the Chamber's Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet on February 23rd, at the Holiday Inn and Austin Conference Center.  Member recognition is the focus of the meeting with several business and individual awards presented.  Sixteen businesses were nominated for business awards and all were showcased at the banquet.


Three downtown businesses took away top honors.  Belles and Beaus Bridal & Formal Wear, owned and operated by Marie Fryer for the past 20 years, was selected as "Small Business of the Year."


The Austin Daily Herald was named "Large Business of the Year," and the SPAM Museum was honored as "Project of the Year."  Jackie Bumgardner, a Chamber Board member and Ambassador from Games People Play, was recognized by staff as "Volunteer of the Year."


Other awards included Herald Marketing Consultant Brenda Landherr being named 2016 Ambassador of the Year; and 2016 Ambassador Team of the Year going to Sharon Alms, Austin Public Schools.


Mower ReFreshed also presented its ReFreshed Business of the Year award to Workforce Development, Inc.












REACH 150 NEW RESIDENT PROFESSIONALS WITH CHAMBER "WELCOME BAG"

The Austin Area Chamber of Commerce provides relocation services to nearly 200 families every year through its Community Concierge program.  Many of those families receive a Welcome Bag, filled with information and promotional items from Chamber member businesses.  These materials not only help "welcome" families to our community, they also encourage them to look to sponsoring businesses for the products and services they need.


If you would like to be part of this unique welcoming service, contact Kristen Olson, our Community Concierge, at kristen@austincoc.com or call 507-437-4562, by November 30th.  there is a sponsorship fee and all sponsors are asked to provide gifts and/or informational materials for the welcome bag.  we expect to distribute about 150 bags, each year.







 


 

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