RELEASE: Revitalized Minnesota Chamber Foundation focuses on steering development of state’s economy

RELEASE: Revitalized Minnesota Chamber Foundation focuses on steering development of state’s economy

Work will begin immediately on Vision 2030

St. Paul, MN (12/14/18): The Minnesota Chamber today reinforced its efforts to strengthen the state’s long-term business outlook and build the state’s economy through a restructured Minnesota Chamber Foundation. The announcement comes as the chamber marks its 110th anniversary.

On December 14, 1908, a group of employers from various industries and corners of the state met for lunch on Robert Street in St. Paul. They discussed their successes and challenges, and the discussion evolved to the agenda of the upcoming legislative session, the meeting minutes showed. The leaders saw the effect of public policy had on their ability to do business, and they decided the business community needed a collective voice at the Capitol.

“For the last 110 years, the Minnesota 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,” President Doug Loon said. “Our members represent every industry and size of business. These companies drive growth in every corner of the state. We renew that commitment to the statewide business community as we refresh our focus through the Minnesota Chamber Foundation.”

Susan Marvin, chair of Marvin Windows and Doors, a fourth-generation family-owned business, will lead the Foundation Board of Directors. She also is a past chair of the Minnesota Chamber Board.

“We are thrilled to have Susan lead our foundation’s board,” Loon said. “Her business acumen and her keen interest and involvement in building a stronger business community are the perfect combination of skills and talent to guide the Foundation’s efforts.”

The Foundation was created in 1983 to educate and assist chamber members and state leaders to grow the state’s economy. Last year, the chamber launched the Center for Workforce Solutions, a first-of-its-kind in Minnesota business-led initiative to solve critical workforce needs.

Today the Foundation launches Vision 2030, a 10-year projection of opportunities for the Minnesota economy to change and grow. During the coming year, Vision 2030 will lay out a common roadmap for strategic public affairs and private-sector actions to invigorate the state’s economy.

“I welcome the opportunity to lead the Foundation Board. When asked, it was an easy decision,” Marvin said. “Understanding Minnesota’s economy is key to the long-term success of employers and employees alike. The Foundation is poised to play a critical role in strengthening the private-sector economy to improve the lives of all Minnesotans through research, programs and leadership development. “

The Minnesota Chamber is a statewide organization representing more than 2,300 businesses of all types and sizes – and more than half a million employees – throughout Minnesota. The Chamber works tirelessly for its members; providing one-on-one business services, opportunities to grow their networks and knowledge base, and cultivating an economic environment where businesses stay and grow in our state. A business climate that allows for innovation and forward-thinking leadership will help grow the strength of Minnesota’s economy for generations to come.