2 New Leaders Announced
2 New Leaders Announced
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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Businesses Participate in New Owatonna High School Groundbreaking

A community event that celebrated the start of a new $104M educational investment and journey for Owatonna also included the businesses who invested heavily in the project: Federated Insurance, Viracon, Wenger Corporation, Mayo Clinic Health System, Cybex-Life Fitness, and Gopher Sport.  The Chamber Ambassadors and Board members also participated in the event.  Superintendent Elstad praised the partnerships that have been created to make this project happen.

Hotel, Restaurant, Streetscape Groundbreaking Set

A groundbreaking on the transformational projects downtown will happen on Thursday, June 3rd @ 5pm in the vacant lot on 200 N. Cedar.  It's celebrating $30M invested in the new Marriott Courtyard Hotel, Restaurant, Pearl Apartments, Old Town Bagels and Streetscape project.  You are invited to attend!

Ted G. Ringhofer Scholarship Awarded

The 24th Annual recipient of the Ted G. Ringhofer Memorial Scholarship is Jenna Gleason.  Jenna is the daughter of Joey & Debby Gleason and is planning on majoring in Nursing. Jenna was awarded  a $1,000 scholarship given by North Risk Partners/TPS Insurance Agency and the OACCT Ambassadors on May 6th - Congratulations!

Do You Like to Organize Events? 

The Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism (OACCT) is seeking a high-energy, full time Events Manager!  Key responsibilities include: 
  • Planning, organizing and executing high quality events for the business community. 
  • Requirements:  excellent organization and communication skills, professional and mature leadership style.  Email resume and cover letter to Rhonda Guthier @ rguthier@owatonna.org by Friday, May 28, 2021.

Top 5 business issues shaping the last week of the legislative session

MN Chamber Report:  The Legislature is set to adjourn one week from today, May 17. Whether the state budget and other policy matters will be finished by then is a different matter.
The DFL-controlled House, GOP-controlled Senate and governor have differing positions on issues including raising or cutting taxes, workplace mandates, how to use federal COVID-19 relief money, police reform and more. Where does that leave issues impacting the business community? (Full Story)
Chamber Policy Committee Reports on Local Electeds:
Chamber's Public Policy committees goal is to attend 92% of local city and county meetings to keep abreast of issues that affect the business community.  
  • Preliminary Plat was approved for the new Pearl Apartment building at City Council on 4/20.
  • County approved a project that will place a chip seal on 28 miles of country highways and several city of Blooming Prairie streets to preserve the bituminous pavement. 
  • County Public Health reported that 52% or 14,876 people over 16 have had at least 1 dose of vaccine either at Public Health, pharmacies and grocery stores.  

New Owatonna Leaders Announced-Clinic, Bank

Mayo Clinic Health System announces Dr. Jason Wray-Raabolle as new lead physician for Owatonna and Faribault. (Full Release)

US Bank announced promotion of Todd Trout to Community Market President for US Bank, Owatonna.  Former President Corey Mensink has taken a new role with US Bank.

Small Business Can Host Vaccine Events

As Minnesota reopens and begins the journey to recovery, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is looking for businesses interested in hosting small vaccination events at their establishment.
Interested in hosting a community vaccination event? Complete the Community Vaccination Event Request Form to notify of your interest. You will then receive a call or email from MDH or an affiliated partner to discuss the best options for fulfilling your request.

Community Leadership Accepting Applications!

The Owatonna Community Leadership Academy (OCLA) is ready to take interested applications for the program.
OCLA program is designed to enable candidates to learn about Owatonna resources, values, strengths, weaknesses, and challenges.  A learning experience geared toward providing an in-dept look at eight key elements of our community; education, economic development, government, healthcare, public safety, quality of life, agri-business and culture & diversity.  This program will provide opportunities for candidates to exchange ideas, build networks and begin the process of identifying and solving important community issues.
Contact Rhonda Guthier, rguthier@owatonna.org with any questions.  Deadline to submit application is June 11.

Economic Development day provides an in-depth look at processes, materials & equipment to make products at local manufacturing businesses like Foam Craft Packaging Inc.


Join Young Professionals for a mixology class and learn how to make summer cocktails with Riley from   La Crosse Distilling Company.  This class will teach you how to make craft cocktails using ingredients from local liquor stores or some you may already have on hand. 
Don’t miss this chance to elevate your home bartending skills and impress your friends or family!  If you are a current YPro member, this event is free of charge.  If you aren’t a member, the event fee is $25 or consider joining for $40, which will get you into all the events for the rest of this year!  Contact Rhonda Guthier, rguthier@owatonna.org if you have any questions on membership or Young Professional events.  
50 Words for $50
Feature a special offer, an upcoming event or company information--but it must be 50 words.  The cost to participate is $50 per week.  


Youth 1st's Baseball & Barbeque will be held on Thursday, May 13th and Friday, May 14th at Cash Wise Foods, Owatonna.  Free Delivery 11 am - 1 pm with orders of 10 or more, call or text 612-968-9192.  
Proceeds Support Youth 1st & Youth 1st Team Awards and Park & Rec Youth Scholarship fund.  Grand prize is a grill package:  Grill, Grill tools and $50 Cash Wise Meat Gift card.
BBQ Deals:  Full Rack of Ribs: $12
Meal Deal:  Ribs, 2 sides, cookie & drink: $9
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