Downtown Thursday This Week
Downtown Thursday This Week
Advancing the Prosperity of our Member Businesses and the Vitality of the Area.
Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Welcome New Real Estate Brokerage

Ambassadors visited with EXP Realty; 122 S Oak Ave, in Owatonna, to welcome them as a new member. Jason Young is the local agent. EXP Realty is one of the world’s fastest- growing real estate brokerages. They are a global online brokerage that’s powered by top agents and cutting-edge technology.

New Member ...New Location

Ambassadors visited new member business Limberg Productions to welcome them and attend their ribbon cutting at their new location; 103 W. Rose St. in Owatonna. Scott Limberg is the owner. Limberg Productions is a video production company that creates high quality videos for businesses and residential clients to help them tell their story. They use the latest technology to customize each video for every customer.

Boeke Named to Owatonna City Council

Congratulations to Dan Boeke who was appointed this week to the City Council.  Boeke will fill the spot left open after Jeff Okerberg recently passed away.  The seat will be up for election in 2022.  

Funding for Workforce Center Looks Strong

The Minnesota House and Senate have both passed the Jobs Bill which contains $275,000 for the next two years to reopen the workforce center in Owatonna.  Now the bill awaits the Governor's signature-which is expected.  Owatonna is the only city over 20,000 in population currently without a workforce center.  
Special thank you to Rep. John Petersburg who was one of two republicans in the house to support the bill and Senator John Jasinski who guided this project in the bill!
Once the bill is signed into law, plans will start on location and services of the new center.

2 Bands, 7 Food Vendors, Dozens of Makers-July 1st

Weather is predicted for sunny & 82 degrees for the second Downtown Thursday on July 1st!
Performances by Todd Utpadel (5pm) and Old Country Boys (7pm), there will be much to do in the downtown area.
Stop down after work, meet up with some friends and explore all the vendors and food trucks lined up on North Cedar Ave and around Central Park.   Thank you to Downtown Thursday sponsor Metronet!
Start to plan for the final Downtown Thursday for August 5th!  To register, contact Kismet Richardson,

Watch LIVE Downtown Construction 

There are 4 camera's mounted downtown that are live streaming the work on the projects streetscape and hotel projects.  View the live feed on this page
-Construction has begun and street pavement removals have taken place and work on the sanitary sewer has started
-The Pearl Street intersection is planned to remain open for the next couple of weeks
-Work on the 200-block is anticipated to begin in late July

Owatonna Job Fair Promises Big Marketing Push

The Chamber is partnering with KOWZ to provide a job fair for businesses and the community.  With a big regional PR push, we are optimistic for a good turn out of job seekers. 
The Owatonna Job Fair will be on Saturday, August 7th from 9 am - 1 pm at the Four Seasons Center for full time & part time positions.  
For more information on how your business can participate in the Owatonan Job Fair, contact

Excitment Grows Over Coming Golf Event

Join the business community for the Chamber Golf Outing on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at the Owatonna Country Club. Thank you to Culligan ULTRAPURE this year's Title Sponsor!  
HERE to view the registration form or sign up your team online HERE.  
-Deck Sponsor (1)    -Grand Prize Sponsor (1)  -Refreshment Sponsor (5)   -Dessert Sponsor (Unlimited)  -Field Game Sponsors (6)
Can't attend?  You can still market your business by providing a door prize, please let Rhonda Guthier know at if you can help!
Title Sponsor

Camping World is your "Go To" for RV and RV gear needs!

General manager Casy Chung and staff have the experience and knowledge to help you pick out the RV that fits your travel necessities. RV gear that is sold at Camping World includes products for both inside and outside the RV, RV maintenance, covers outdoor camping, generators, and more!  To read full blog story, click HERE.

Events Pages Tout Local Programming 

Now that community events are starting to ramp back up after a year plus hiatus, make sure to provide your event information to the chamber to put on community calendar!  We want to make sure the community knows what is happening around town and to help make your event a success!  

Growing Owatonna's Sports Business with a new platform

This past month, Visit Owatonna has partnered with Playeasy through EMT’s Co-op Program.
Playeasy is the largest online sports tourism networking platform in the country, empowering DMOs to digitally showcase destinations and venues with stunning online profiles, generate leads more efficiently with automated event matchmaking, and expand on networking opportunities with the ability to search, follow, message and post to event organizers.

Lodging in Southern MN is above the Minnesota average at 50% occupancy

Overall occupancy in the US is also above expectations- Click here to read the U.S. Market Recovery Monitor from

Creative Support Grants Available

The Minnesota State Arts Board is now accepting applications in the Creative Support for Individuals program.  Creative Support grants are flexible and is a statewide program.  Application deadline is August 6, 2021 before 4:30 pm.  Click HERE for more information and to apply.  
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