The greater Rochester area is a diverse and thriving community, with a set of both distinct opportunities and unique challenges. From developing safe and reliable transportation systems to recruiting and retaining qualified workers, the Chamber's Community Matters events focuses a lens on issues and topics of community importance. Held in a variety of locations in and around Rochester and developed in collaboration with area partners, these quarterly events are open for all to register and attend.
Eggs & Issues
The Eggs and Issues program is a staple Public Affairs series hosted by the Rochester Area Chamber. Featuring elected and appointed officials from all levels of government - state, local, and federal - this semi-regular series addresses the pressing issues and topics affecting small businesses and our economy. Combining facilitated discussions, roundtables, and panels with ample time for audience questions, Eggs and Issues events provide an excellent opportunity to connect with policymakers, hear their thoughts and perspectives, and make your voice hear with the decisionmakers in City Hall and the Capitol.
The Minnesota legislative session generally starts early in the year and concludes at the beginning of summer, usually May. With only four months to address a range of pressing issues, lawmakers have limited time to introduce bills, negotiate, and pass important legislation. Every year, the Chamber hosts legislative forums (Preview & Recap) to bring in key lawmakers and decisionmakers to discuss issues impacting business, share varying political perspectives, and ultimately recap what passed (or what did not pass) the session.