Weekly Update 3.20.19


Leadership is Everything

This is a very special time in our community. The buzz around town lately is Richfield is the Best Place to Live- but, we already knew that. It seems our urban hometown is starting to get noticed by our regional friends. Well, we are about to get a lot more attention. Mayor Regan Gonzalez has just been announced as a 2019 Bush Fellow. Mayor Regan Gonzalez believes that collaborative leadership creates room for more voices in decision making. As the first Latina mayor in Minnesota, she understands that bridging across difference is essential for the next generation of leaders. She will be identifying ways for Richfield to serve as a laboratory for how to build opportunity for all in the midst of widening disparities. So, let’s congratulate her and choose to be a part of building opportunity. Let’s help her set the bar high. Join us on April 11 for a very special State of the Community Event. Everyone is welcome and we will be identifying ways to collaborate together because we know, when we work together, we all succeed!

Around town, other initiatives local leaders are working on is the METRO D Line. This line will dramatically improve transit for the community. It travels primarily along Chicago Avenue and Fremont Avenue, through Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis and Richfield, to Bloomington. Bus rapid transit (BRT) brings improvements that add up to faster bus trips and  and a more comfortable experience on Metro Transit’s busiest routes. Route 5 on Chicago and Fremont is the Twin Cities’ busiest bus route, carrying about 16,000 customers each weekday. During rush hours, Route 5 buses make up less than 2 percent of vehicle traffic but carry more than 20 percent of people traveling through the corridor. The D Line is projected to be about 20 percent faster than Route 5. By 2030, the D Line is expected to provide a convenient and comfortable ride to over 23,000 daily transit customers. For more information one BRT and what it means for our community, visit the metro transit website here.

One way you can give back this month is to donate to the Richfield STEM School Vendor Fair. The Vendor Fair and Silent Auction event goal is to raise funds to exclusively fulfill requests for our specialist classrooms. These specialist classrooms to our students include Art, Music, Computer Lab and Physical Education.  The classrooms are in need of several basic supplies. With any additional funds, our teachers have the freedom to add modest wish lists items and fantastic curriculum ideas for growth in their lesson plans.  Providing funding and supplies to these programs will enrich the classrooms for over 750 students who attend our school. Please consider making a donation for our Silent Auction fund raiser. Donations STEM is in need of:

  • Merchandise items
  • Gift baskets
  • Gift certificates/vouchers /tickets
  • Monetary donations, we will immediately disburse to the specialist classrooms

For information on how to donate, please contact Emily Holey at emilyholey@gmail.com


Member Announcements:

  • Attention Richfield restaurants! The Richfield Tourism Promotion Board is offering a free advertising opportunity for restaurants and other tourism-related organizations in Richfield! Please contact Katy Epler, Visit Richfield Director, at katy.epler@visitrichfield.com, or 612-558-1671, for more information.
  • Don’t miss the ANNUAL WELLNESS EXPO!  A free community event for all ages. Saturday, April 13th at Richfield High School, 9am-12pm. Exhibitor applications are now being accepted. For information, please contact Carol McNaughton-Commers, c.mcnaughton-commers@rpsmn.org
  • Learn how to give back to Richfield Public Schools! – Read More

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!