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Eagan-Based Ruthe Batulis Shares Chamber Update

Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce working on a number of initiatives this summer.

Editor's note: This is the first in a series of occasional updates about what is going on with the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce and the local business community.

A government affairs committee meeting will take place at 7:30 a.m. today through the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Sen. Ted Daley and Rep. Kurt Bills were invited to the meeting, where a round-table discussion will take place about the recently-passed state budget.

A group of young professionals is forming. Ruthe Batulis, president of the Eagan-based Chamber, said in the past they tried to gather young professionals. But it was an older group trying to set the tone for a younger crowd, and it didn't quite work, Batulis said. This time around, the Chamber offered meeting space, but the young professionals themselves are tasked with creating the group to their liking.

The Chamber is also working on calling businesses for its Grow Minnesota! program. The program is a statewide business retention initiative, Batulis said. Every year the local Chamber calls up to 100 businesses to thank them, ask them about the business climate, and ask how the organization can help. Based on companies' input, 56 Chambers throughout the state build their legislative agenda, Batulis said.

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