July 23, 2019
Weekly Update Vol.2019

Volunteer Needed for QACC Unit for Blue Heron Parade

We have 2 banners with grommets that can be mounted on a vehicle & driven in the Blue Heron Days Parade.    

Looking for some exercise.   We have dowels that 2 people can carry.    Please let us know by 8/1/19 if you are able to fill this need. 

The Parade is Saturday, August 17th at 11 AM.  

September 5th Lunch & Learn

Mark your Calendar!!

Hosted by Anoka County Library - Centennial   

Learn & Tour about this facility 

Do you have an idea you would like to share with QACC?

  Please let us know!

Would you like to Host a QACC Networking Event?

We would like to get our Networking Sessions kicked off in September!

Would you consider opening your business for 1 hour to facilitate networking?

We are looking for a Tuesday or Wednesday morning Monthly. 

Please email:  Events@quadareachamber.org if you are interested or for more information. 

Still time to register for Blue Heron Days Events

August 1st Lunch & Learn to Focus on Complete Count Census & Citizenship

Our August Lunch & Learn will feature 2 speakers with a focus on Citizenship.   Kiana will be sharing her experience in the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program.  This program 
  • Develops leadership and pride in American citizens.
  • Educates citizens about our system of government.
  • Instills a greater understanding of American traditions.
  • Stimulates a desire to maintain our democratic government processes within our republic.
Sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 566 and the Quad Area Chamber,  Hailey Herzig and Kiana Coleman-Woods both seniors at Centennial Schools were able to participate.   

Dean Goldberg,  Council member serves on the Complete Count Point Census Committee for the City of Circle Pines.   He will be talking about:
Why the Census is Important
How Census reporting impacts you and your business
The process that will be used to complete the Census

You can learn more about Dean from his Fox 9 Newscast Here. 

Register for the Lunch & Learn Here

Why Community Festivals

What does Quad Area celebrate? French Canadian Heritage; Blue Heron Rookery,
Fall —just to name a few themes for festivals held annually throughout the state.

All these goings on are part of what makes the Quad Area a great place to live. Besides being fun, well-managed festivals and events offer a host of economic and social benefits to communities.

The benefits are similar to those for tourism, in general, according to Ingrid Schneider, Director of the University of Minnesota Tourism Center. "Tourism has the opportunity to bring communities together and instill a sense of community pride and knowledge of their history," she says.

The economic benefits of festivals are easiest to see and most often cited–festivals attract visitors, which stimulates the growth of tourism and other businesses in a town or region.

The social benefits of festivals are less visible, but they are just as important. Building on Schneider's observation, it's fair to say that festivals foster community pride, teach people new things, and strengthen relationships.

But hosting festivals also poses challenges. There are risks and costs related to the effort. A star performer might not show up, or the stage might collapse. Insurance can cover financial risk, but reputational damage is harder to address.

Substitute "festivals" for "tourism," and Schneider nicely frames the challenge to communities: "We need to be very careful about the product we have for Minnesota's tourism and make sure it's sustainable."

  • Boosting the economy

  • Fostering community pride

  • Teaching new things
  • Strengthening relationships
  • Value of training
If you would like to be more involved in Community Festivals in your community contact the Chamber at Events@quadareachamber.org   
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