July 2022

A Holiday Message

Dear Lake City, The Holidays have arrived, and it is my hope that you all get to spend time doing what you love with the people that you love. It’s also my hope that our Lake City Chamber businesses have had a busy and profitable season, and things are a little closer to being back …

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The running theme of our time so far at the Lake City Chamber has been one of gratitude. The way this community comes together to support each other and the events that bring us together is nothing short of inspiring. Elizabeth and I walked into our positions this spring with Tour de Pepin, Water Ski …

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Celebrating our Manufacturers

Governor Walz has proclaimed October is Manufacturing Month in Minnesota because of the importance of this critical industry and the need to highlight the many career opportunities in this in-demand field. Manufacturing accounts for 11.4% of statewide employment.  86,500 job openings are expected by 2028 as older workers retire. Average annual wages for workers in manufacturing are $70,860, 10% higher than across …

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Tourism Matters

Let’s talk about tourism. 2021 was an exciting year for Lake City tourism. Although we are still in the midst of a global pandemic, Lake City has sprung back in a big way, seeing a year that has exceeded pre-pandemic averages in terms of lodging tax dollars and tourism traffic. Anecdotal reports from many local …

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Sweet Home Minnesota

There are times we get frustrated with Minnesota. I get it. I have been a small business owner in this state too. Sometimes we feel like regulations are too tough compared to our neighbors, or that taxes take too large of a bite. Now, I’m not saying that business owners and managers don’t face difficult …

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