Weekly Update 1.14.19

 

The Chamber will be hosting the first economic development meeting of 2019 on January 29. More Details

At this meeting, you can expect to hear from City leaders about key areas for development and the type of development we would like to attract. As you know, Richfield has been experiencing a development boom over the last couple years and we want to make sure that we stay on track for a comprehensive plan that works to better our business areas and our residential areas. If you are curious about development in Richfield, this is a must attend event.

As part of our evolution as a city, Richfield is a member of MN GreenStep Cities (link: https://greenstep.pca.state.mn.us/ ) a state program that helps cities achieve sustainability goals. Alongside this initiative, recent Hennepin County business ordinances have underlined the importance of understanding and reducing energy consumption and waste production.

There are several programs in Minnesota that specialize in energy conservation and sustainable business practices.  Richfield wants to connect those partners with local businesses in our ongoing efforts to be as environmentally responsible as possible. Various local organizations provide loans, grants, audits, and consulting services, as well as training and implementation assistance – predominantly for free.

Check out the sustainable business development assistance tools here: http://www.richfieldmn.gov/departments/community-development/economic-development/sustainable-business-development-assistance-tools

If you have questions or want to know more, please contact each resource through their website or Richfield’s GreenCorps member, Rachel Lindholm at (612) 861-9188.

 


Noteworthy announcements from our Chamber Members:

Congratulations to Xcel Energy for being recognized by the Forbes Global 2000 list of world’s best employers for the second year in a row! Among the thousands of companies considered, 500 earned a place on the list and Xcel Energy ranked 74th in the world!


Fun Fact: Joining your local chamber can positively affect other organizations’ perceptions of your business, and also the views of consumers. Statistics show that 63% of consumers are more likely to purchase from a business that is a chamber of commerce member, and 44% are likely to view those businesses more favorably (Source: American Business Magazine).

 

Is there a topic you are interested in? Chances are there is a group or program within our community working on it. Check-in with the Chamber and we will help connect you to the resources you need. The Richfield Chamber’s mission is to connect businesses for a prosperous community. If you are interested in being a part of that, reach out and get involved today, we’d love to have you!