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January 2018 - Fairmont Area Chamber Newsletter

January 2018 - Fairmont Area Chamber Newsletter

January 2018 Community Connections “Powering up business throughout Martin County” Past success, forward momentum Inside This Issue Page 3 - Apply for MCYF Grants Page 3 - Elementary Business Education Pages 4 & 5 - Business Briefs Page 6 - Thank You Chamber Members Page 5 - Welcome Miranda Page 7 - Ambassador Visits Page 7 - Christmas Tree Recycling By: Margaret Dillard - Chamber President Over the last year, chief concerns among business leaders throughout the region continue to be lack of workforce, housing and childcare. We know that agriculture is the driving force of our economy. The board and staff of the chamber strive to address these concerns and more business issues through programs, services and advocacy. In short, we are here to promote a healthy business environment in the Fairmont area. Furthermore, we are stronger when we work together and celebrate local successes! Here are some economic highlights of 2017: Utilizing online platforms, (Continued on page 2) Agri-business Scholarships ABOVE: A rendering of the proposed Adventure Playground, an all-inclusive playground to be installed at Gomsrud Park in Fairmont, and just one of the many initiatives taking shape in our community over the past year. Graduating Seniors of Martin County high schools who plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree in agriculture or an area of study that services agriculture, may apply for up to $8,400 in scholarships. In partnership with the Agriculture Future of America (AFA), the Agri-Business Committee of the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce is offering two $4,200 scholarships, which include registration for the Fall 2018 AFA Leaders Conference. To be considered for a scholarship, please visit www.agfuture. org/scholarships. Here, you can read more about the AFA Community Scholarships, as well as other scholarships AFA offers. Click on the "Apply Now" button to access the application. You will be asked to write a 300-500 word essay on your personal vision for agriculture and how you plan to contribute through your chosen career in the agriculture and food industry. We encourage you to draft this essay in a separate word processing program and then copy/paste it into the application. Please note that your application is not complete until you continue through (Continued on page 3) 323 East Blue Earth Avenue • Fairmont, MN 56031 • 507-235-5547 • www.FairmontChamber.org • FairmontChamber

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