On its 110th anniversary, the Minnesota Chamber looks toward the future

On December 14, 1908, a group of employers from various industries and corners of the state came together on Robert Street in St. Paul. Over lunch, they discussed their successes and challenges, and the discussion evolved to the agenda of the upcoming Legislature. 

They saw the effect that policy had on their ability to do business: to move goods and services, and to provide a quality of life for their employees. They decided the business community needed a voice – a collective voice – at the Capitol.

And the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce was born.

For the last 110 years, the chamber has advocated tirelessly on behalf of our members. Today, we represent more than 2,300 companies and their more than half a million employees. Our members represent every industry and size of business, from those with just a few employees to many of the state’s Fortune 500 employers. They drive growth in every corner of the state.

It is our responsibility to represent all employers and their employees at the Capitol. Moreover, to provide a vision for Minnesota’s economy beyond each individual legislative session: a future for business that improves the lives of all Minnesotans.

We renew that commitment to you today, as we refresh our focus through the Minnesota Chamber Foundation.

Since 1983, the Foundation has helped chamber members and state leaders understand and grow our economy. Last year, we announced the Center for Workforce Solutions, a first-of-its-kind in Minnesota business-led initiative to solve critical workforce needs, so businesses can stay and grow in the state.

Today, we announce Vision 2030, a 10-year projection of opportunities for our economy to change and grow. During the coming year, Vision 2030 will lay out a common roadmap – a guide – for strategic public affairs and private-sector actions that will help our state’s economy to change and grow. 

We are thrilled that Susan Marvin, chair of Marvin Windows and Doors, Inc., will lead the Minnesota Foundation Board of Directors. The Marvin Cos. is in its fourth generation of family leadership and is still based in Warroad, where the family originally settled in 1904. Her experience in leading the company, as well as serving as a past chair of the Minnesota Chamber Board of Directors, makes her well poised to lead the revitalized Foundation.

Understanding Minnesota’s economy is key to its long-term success. The Minnesota Chamber Foundation is poised to play a critical role in strengthening the business environment to improve the lives of all Minnesotans through research, programs and leadership.

We look forward to building on our century-long legacy and realizing a better economic future with you.

To view the Vision 2030 press release, click HERE