The MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce has been recognized for its commitment to retaining jobs as a partner of Grow Minnesota!, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce’s distinctive private-sector economic development program. It is one of 60 local partners in the statewide network.
“Grow Minnesota! celebrates 10 years of thanking businesses for investing in their communities and our state,” said Bill Blazar, Minnesota chamber senior vice president of public affairs and business development.
“Local chambers are at the foundation of the program’s statewide successes.”
Commissioner Katie Sieben Clark of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development joined Minnesota chamber officials in presenting a certificate of recognition to the local partners.
“Thank you for advancing economic development in Minnesota and playing a critical role in retaining and growing Minnesota companies,” said Clark.
During its 10 years, Grow Minnesota! program volunteers have connected with well over 7,000 Minnesota companies and provided direct assistance to more than 1,000 businesses. Retention efforts have protected close to 15,000 jobs.
In addition to the Grow Minnesota! program, MetroNorth recently launched a brand new committee dedicated to workforce development.
It has put on several events dedicated toward growing and retaining jobs in Anoka County including a discussion with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler and a more recent event titled “Finding and Retaining a Talented Workforce.”
Moderated by Diane Duguay of Kraus Anderson Construction Company, panelists discussed how to find and keep quality employees.
John Peichel of GE Power & Water and Cathy Trotter of Walmart-Blaine shared success stories within their organizations, John Jung of Doherty Staffing Solutions spoke about how to engage talent from a staffing agency prospective and Meghan Hathaway of Minnesota School of Business and an active Young Professionals of Minnesota member, highlighted the student/young professional perspective.
For more information on the Grow Minnesota! program and/or the workforce development initiative, contact the chamber at [email protected] or 763-783-3553.
MetroNorth chamber’s mission statement is to be the leading advocate and resource for business in the greater Anoka County area by promoting economic growth and development, impacting public policy, providing education opportunities and building professional relationships.