Weekly Update 10.15.2019

Grand Opening & Coffee with the President

Join us for the Grand Opening of Dave and Lisa Hintermeiser’s TCF Home Loans offices.  Enjoy coffee and pastries, network with other Chamber members, and meet the new President, BJ Skoog.  We hope you’ll join us Tuesday, October 22nd, 8-9am! Register Here
Orange Line Metro Transit Update

As Richfield continues to go through amazing stages of development, construction projects continue throughout the city.  We want to keep you up to date with the greatest amount of information possible when it comes to these projects, so that your business can continue to thrive when construction becomes inconvenient. Starting October 17, the southbound I-35W to westbound I-494 ramp will be closed for approximately three weeks. Vehicles will be detoured to westbound Highway 62 to southbound Highway 100 to I-494. Local access is available from 76th Street and 82nd Street to Penn Avenue. This closure is needed for utility construction to prepare for Knox Avenue Transitway construction next year.

METRO Orange Line
The METRO Orange Line is a 17-mile planned highway Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line that will connect Minneapolis, Richfield, Bloomington, and Burnsville along I-35W. The Orange Line will provide frequent, all-day service in both directions, seven days a week.

Knox Avenue Transitway
A transitway will be built along Knox Avenue, beneath I-494, to connect the Knox Ave. & 76th St. and Knox Ave. & American Blvd. stations. Along with transit-only lanes, the Knox Avenue transitway will include a multi-use trail for pedestrians and bicyclists. The Knox Avenue Transitway will make the trip between I-35W & 98th St. and I-35W & 66th St. stations 45-55% faster than current conditions on Route 535.
To learn more about the METRO Orange Line project or to signup to receive construction updates by email visit https://www.metrotransit.org/metro-orange-line-construction

Weekly Update 8.20.19

The community came together last week to celebrate our students. The Chamber partnered with The City of Richfield Police Department and the Joint Community Police Partnership, Richfield Public & Charter Schools, The Salvation Army, The MN Brain Injury Alliance and many more community wide organizations all geared towards supporting the students of Richfield. Over a 1,500 families attended the event. Students were given free school supplies and many other resources were provided to help them on their path to success.

We are still looking for businesses to fill out the Grow MN! partnership guide and email it to the Chamber office. This is a great way for us to track the growth of business in our community and help guider resources to areas that are needed.  Please take a minute to fill out the attached/link form and send back to me. Thank you! View Form Here
Once completed, please email the form to anne@richfieldmnchamber.org.

Penn Fest is coming up on Sunday, September 15. From 1 to 5 pm, Penn Avenue in Richfield will be closed to traffic and open for fun. It’s a special day when the community gathers to explore the avenue and enjoy food, games, music, dance, sports and other activities held on the street. The event is open for all businesses and organizations to set up an exhibit booth. Now in its 8th year, the event historically draws 6,000 to 8,000 guests. It’s great exposure for any business. Access the registration form at http://www.penncentralofrichfield.com/ to get your business signed up today.

Richfield Rotary is also continuing it’s relaunch campaign and invites you to attend their next meeting on Thursday, August 22, 7:30 – 8:30 AM,  at Local Roots Cafe. For more information, please contact Barb Devlin, bdevlinmn@aol.com on how you can get involved.

Weekly Update 8.7.19

Grow Minnesota! Partnership Visit Guide

Greetings Members! As we head into the end of the year, we wanted to take a minute and see how your business is preforming. Please take a minute to fill out the attached/link form and send back to me. Thank you!

Download Form Here

Once completed, please email the form to anne@richfieldmnchamber.org or using the form below.


Weekly Update 7.30.19

Join us tomorrow, July 31, as we welcome new member Whitney Bullard to our community with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Stop by and introduce yourself and discuss the potential for how you can work together for future business. Check the Chamber calendar for event details. Meeting business professionals face-to-face is a great way to create a trusting relationship. Many of our business leads come from referrals and building authentic relationships is step one. Our strength as a Chamber community is in our vast business network. When was the last time someone asked you for a referral? Was your network large enough to know who to send them to? If the answer is no, then come to the next Chamber meeting and start expanding your professional network. The next general member meeting will be held on August 13, at 9:00am. We will be giving the Chamber annual update as well as hearing from a featured presenter. Details are in the link here, make sure you pre-register.

If you are looking for opportunities to serve, “Richfield Rotary Relaunch” is now underway, with a focus on creating what will essentially be a new club with members that live, work and/ or do business in Richfield.  Under the Rotary International umbrella, the new club will set its own schedule and determine its own goals and activities, based on members’ interests and personal commitments.

Informational and planning meetings are taking place this summer, in preparation for a formal Relaunch in September, 2019. The first meeting was held on June 20.  Three additional information meetings are scheduled as follows:

•    Wednesday, July 24, 7-8 PM, City Hall, 6700 Portland Ave So. Bartholomew Room
•    Thursday, August 22, 7:30 – 8:30 AM, Local Roots, 817 E. 66th St.
•    Wednesday, September 11, 3:45 – 4:45 PM – Central Education Center, 7145 Harriet Ave. So., Multi-Purpose Room

The Rotary Club of Richfield MN has been serving the Richfield community for over 60 years.   We are neighbors, friends and community leaders who come together for networking, fun, and to create positive, lasting change in the Richfield area and around the world.  We are part of an international network of 35,000 Rotary Clubs with 1.2 million members worldwide, reaching across boundaries to expand our impact.



Richfield City leaders joined Governor Walz at the groundbreaking ceremony for the metro orange line last week. Funding has been secured and the project,which is a 17-mile planned highway Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line that will connect Minneapolis, Richfield, Bloomington, and Burnsville along I-35W, is now underway. The Orange Line will provide frequent, all-day service in both directions, seven days a week.

This route will upgrade and replace the existing local Route 535 with enhanced service and amenities, and new station features will benefit other transit riders along the I-35W corridor. No changes to existing express bus routes are planned. Orange Line service will have competitive running times for station-to-station trips and offer a new option for reverse-commuters (riders traveling from urban areas to suburban destinations).

The project includes street and highway improvements, upgraded transit stations, and improved bus routes. BRT provides high quality, reliable service like light rail transit, but is less expensive to build and allows for a more flexible route.

Funding commitments for the Orange Line have been provided by the Counties Transit Improvement Board, the State of Minnesota, the Metropolitan Council, Hennepin County, Dakota County, and the Federal government. The project is currently in the engineering phase. A transit-only access ramp between downtown Minneapolis and I-35W and a new Lake Street Station have completed engineering and are now under construction, led by MnDOT.
This is just one great transportation project happening in our community that will increase accessibility for people across the region.

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