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    Join our cause and give today—a gift of any amount is a building block in the future of our workforce!

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  • The 2017 STEAM Summit will be held from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at the RCTC Regional Sports Center. Don't miss out on your chance to  attend this annual jobs and careers summit featuring the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts & design and mathematics.

    Exhibitor Registration
    (deadline: October 13, 2017)
    School Registration  
    (deadline: October 20, 2017)

  • About The Foundation

  • OUR WHY: A local, self-sustaining economy that competes globally starts with partnerships between business and educational communities. Together, we produce independent, confident, and creative thinkers able to adapt and discern in a fast-paced, changing world.

    OUR MISSION: The mission of the Rochester Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Inc. is to serve as an educational and scholarship arm of the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of which is to unite business and education to ensure a globally competitive workforce.

     

    2016 ANNUAL REPORT

    Click Here to Download the 2015-16 Annual ReportThe Rochester Chamber of Commerce Foundation was established 30 years ago to do great work in our community focused on building a globally competitive workforce. The Foundation serves as the workforce development and educational arm of the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce and is charged with helping develop, attract, and retain the best talent for our region.

    The 2016 Rochester Chamber of Commerce Foundation Annual Report highlights the Foundation’s accomplishments during the past year, including programming, survey results, financials, and outcomes. The report also showcases donors who have generously contributed toward the Foundation's goals of community growth and enrichment.

     

    Download your copy today (PDF) by clicking here.

     

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  • OUR STORY OUR STORY

    In Rochester we make believers. Built on big ideas, we are a community of thinkers, collaborators, and go-getters, always striving to realize the next great thing. For 26 years the Rochester Chamber of Commerce Foundation has existed with the purpose of serving this community of movers and shakers, and now we are ready to shake things up ourselves.

    Now more than ever is the time to make-believe, and to get carried away with it. What are your ideas and dreams for Rochester? Let’s make them happen. The opportunities and possibilities awaiting our community and our region are endless, but it is up to us to realize them. At the Foundation, we believe that to be a self-sustaining, globally-competitive economy we must cultivate partnerships between our business and educational communities. It falls upon all of us to see this, to believe it and to join together to make it happen.

    To be successful we need your support. We need every individual to realize the possibilities, and to realize their place in these efforts. Donate to the Foundation to further the strategic attraction and retention of talent to our region. Donate to the Foundation to advance the development of a creative and critical workforce. Donate to the Foundation to invest in experiential learning opportunities for our youth. Whatever your cause, donate to the Foundation and let’s strive for it together. We know that your vision holds our future, and that collectively, we realize Rochester.

  • OUR PRIORITIES OUR PRIORITIES

    Foundation Priorities for 2017 - 2020

    • Attract and retain talent to the SE MN region
      • Hubworks.mn, launched by Fall 2017
      • Leverage partnerships with entities marketing the Rochester area
      • Create a Relocation Package for prospective residents
    • Develop a creative and critical workforce
      • Increase internships and job shadow opportunities
      • 30+ Leadership Greater Rochester graduates each year
      • STEAM Summit reaching over 2,000 students annually
    • Invest in experiential learning opportunities annually
      • 1 Hospitality Scholarship
      • 1 Experiential Learning Grant
      • 2 Leadership Greater Rochester Scholarships
      • 1 Small Business Grant
  • HOW CAN YOU BE INVOLVED? HOW CAN YOU BE INVOLVED?

    VOLUNTEER or participate in an education or workforce development program

    ADVOCATE for our initiatives at your workplace and in the community

    INVEST an individual gift or sponsorship donation* from your business

  • For more information about the Chamber Foundation, please contact Workforce Development Manager, Kaylie Huntley, or call (507) 424-5687.