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September 2017 - Fairmont Area Chamber Newsletter

September 2017 - Fairmont Area Chamber

September 2017 Community Connections “Powering up business throughout Martin County” Ambassadors award scholarship Inside This Issue Page 2 - Chamber Dues and Don'ts Page 2 - Register for Local Option Sales Tax Page 3 - Update on Junior Achievement Page 3 - Fluorescent Bulb Recycling Pages 4 & 5 - Business Briefs Page 6 - Legislative News Page 6 - Revamping the Retail Committee Page 7 - Blue Ribbon Pork Cook-Off Awards The Ambassador Committee of the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce awarded a $1,000 Scholarship to Sarah Bartz. Sarah is the daughter of Kevin and Kathy Bartz of Truman, MN. She is a student at the University of Wisconsin in River Falls, WI. The Ambassador Scholarship is awarded annually to one Martin County student in a business related field who is entering their junior or senior year in a four-year college or their final year in a technical college. Candidates must be able to confirm achievement of at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Congratulations Sarah and best of luck in your future endeavors! ABOVE: Chamber President Margaret Dillard and Ambassador Committee Chair Nancy Stauffer award the Ambassador Scholarship to Sarah Bartz. Sharing our "Fairmont Area Life" People often lament a “brain drain” in rural Minnesota as 18 to 25-year-olds leave their small home towns to pursue careers and higher education. But there is also an inmigration to these towns of 30 to 49-year-old adults and their young families. Often, those moving into rural communities offset, or surpass, the number of those moving away. But the trend must be sustained. The Fairmont Area Life project is based on the works of U of M Research Fellow, Benjamin Winchester, whose “Brain Gain” concept points out professionals from 30-49 look for quality of life when considering where they want to live. We seek to highlight our quality of educational options, affordable housing, available health care, and recreational amenities in a safe, friendly community as a compelling case to attract these professionals and their families to relocate to our area. The project is a cooperative effort between the city of Fairmont, Fairmont Area Chamber and local stakeholders, funded by a grant from Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation. Visit www.FairmontAreaLife. com to find out more about the project, what we’ve accomplished, and how you can get involved. 323 East Blue Earth Avenue • Fairmont, MN 56031 • 507-235-5547 • www.FairmontChamber.org • FairmontChamber

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