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MetroNorth Board Supports Economic Development Resolutions

MetroNorth Board Supports Economic Development Resolutions
Blaine, MN – June 27, 2011
On Wednesday, June 22, 2011, the MetroNorth Chamber’s Board of Directors unanimously passed two resolutions regarding economic development in the North Metro area.
The first focused on the 3M Championship Tour at the TPC Twin Cities in Blaine. A recent University of Minnesota study showed how the Tour has had a tremendous positive economic impact on our area. Lori Higgins, MetroNorth Chamber President, said “The PGA Champions Tour stop has become an annual summer highlight for Metro North businesses and brings a substantial multiplier of financial benefit into the area. MetroNorth extends deep appreciation and congratulations to the 3M Championship and the TPC Twin Cities for the successful and proven tenure in repeatedly bringing this multi-faceted event into the MetroNorth marketplace.”
Reflecting that sentiment, the Board passed this resolution:
“Whereas the PGA Championship Tour has a major economic impact to our area and is a welcome boon to our economy, and whereas the Tour highlights the many features and facets of our Metro North community and businesses, and whereas the Tour supports local charities and non-profit organizations, the MetroNorth Chamber fully endorses the 3M Championship Tour stop at the TPC Twin Cities in Blaine. The MetroNorth Chamber strongly encourages participants, at every level, to secure an extended partnership that will continue to bring this Tour to Blaine for years to come.”
In the same meeting, the MetroNorth Board reviewed the possible expansion efforts of the National Sports Center (NSC) in Blaine, which has become a premier regional, national and international destination for amateur athletic events. The NSC complex has both directly and indirectly resulted in extensive commercial development along the Hwy 65 access points at 109th and 105th. Continued thoughtful expansion of NSC facilities is seen as beneficial to commercial and retail business and may lead to continued expansion and possible redevelopment of the surrounding areas. MetroNorth President Higgins stated, “Successful events and activities at the National Sports Center carryover into the surrounding business area and are solid enhancements for the economic development of the entire marketplace. The MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce is proud to have the National Sports Center in our area and we look forward to what the future may hold.”
The Board's resolution reads as follows:
“Whereas the National Sports Center has a major year-round economic impact to our area and local businesses, the MetroNorth Chamber is encouraged by discussions regarding the possible expansion of the Schwan Center to bring greater frequency, varied attractions, and extended use to the facilities through larger target markets. Further, the MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce encourages the continued exploration of the baseball complex expansion, in collaboration with the private sector funding proposal available through the support of the Minnesota Twins Community Fund.”
The MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce’s mission statement is to be the leading advocate and resource for business in the greater Anoka County area by promoting economic growth and development, impacting public policy, providing education opportunities and building professional relationships.
The next major MetroNorth event is “Secrets of the FBI & CIA” with two former Senior Law Enforcement and Intelligence Officials, Wed July 13, 4 pm, at the new Bunker Hills Golf Course Club House in Coon Rapids. $20 MetroNorth members/$40 non.
For further information and details visit www.metronorthchamber.org or call (763-783-3553).