Cambridge Chamber recognized by state for leadership on jobs

Cambridge Area Chamber of Commerce was recognized for its commitment to retaining jobs as a partner of Grow Minnesota!, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce’s distinctive private-sector economic development program. It is one of 60 local partners in the statewide network.

From left: DEED Commissioner Katie Sieben Clark, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President Bill Blazar, Cambridge Area Chamber of Commerce President Eric Champion and Minnesota Chamber of Commerce President David Olson.

From left: DEED Commissioner Katie Sieben Clark, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President Bill Blazar, Cambridge Area Chamber of Commerce President Eric Champion and Minnesota Chamber of Commerce President David Olson.

“Grow Minnesota! celebrates 10 years of thanking businesses for investing in their communities and our state,” said Bill Blazar, Minnesota Chamber senior vice president of public affairs and business development. “Key to our visits, we learn what it will take to keep a company in Minnesota, and when necessary, linking the owners and managers to the appropriate private-and/or public-sector resources to help solve its problems.”

Local chambers are at the foundation of the program’s statewide successes, Blazar said.

During its 10 years, the program volunteers has connected with well over 7,000 Minnesota companies and provided direct assistance to more than 1,000 businesses. Retention efforts have protected close to 15,000 jobs.

Commissioner Katie Sieben Clark of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development joined Minnesota Chamber officials in presenting a certificate of recognition to the local partners.

“Thank you for advancing economic development in Minnesota,” she said. “You play a critical role in retaining and growing Minnesota companies.”

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