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Chamber official: To reduce property taxes, engage locally

Complaining to state legislators about Nebraska property taxes isn’t the most productive strategy, says Jamie Karl of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Legislators will probably listen politely to your concerns, but they don’t have many tools to do much about them, Karl told the Grand Island Rotary Club on Tuesday. It would be smarter to complain to city and county officials and school board members, Karl said. Even better would be running for office yourself, Karl said.

Karl and Barry Kennedy, also of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, presented their annual legislative outlook to Rotarians. Read More

 

Outlook good for Standard Iron plant

Parts fashioned at Standard Iron in Grand Island wind up in combines built by CNH in Grand Island and commuter rail equipment manufactured by Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing in Lincoln.

The Grand Island plant also builds construction equipment components for the Oklahoma City facility of Terex, a global manufacturer. Another good Standard Iron customer is Thermo King in Hastings.

Standard Iron’s architectural metals division has done work for some high-profile projects, including the Minnesota Vikings’ new U.S. Bank Stadium and Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. While not the general contractor, the company built railings and stairs for those two stadiums, as well as the Mall of America.  Read More

Harvest of Harmony to have diamond jubilee theme

The Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 75th annual Harvest of Harmony Parade, sponsored by Tom Dinsdale Automotive, on October 1, with the theme “Our Diamond Jubilee — An Illustrious Past and a Bright Future.” Read more.

Golf tournament offers a great chance to network

For a lot of weekend golf warriors, summertime is a welcomed invitation to prove that all of the shiny new equipment and hours spent watching instructional videos over the winter months will undoubtedly result in monster drives, crisp chip shots and strokes off their handicap.

While I’m fairly certain a green jacket is not in my near future, fanatics like me can still dream. Can’t we?

For the past three years, I have had the privilege and opportunity to co-chair the Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Chamber Golf Outing, and we’re looking to make this year’s event the best yet. Read more.

 

Seminar dealt with growing threat of cyber security risks in Central Nebraska

Members of the Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce learned about the increasing threat of cyber criminals in Central Nebraska and how to protect themselves and their businesses from cyber attacks on Tuesday.

Intellicom presented “Cyber Risks: The Growing Threat” to help individuals prevent cyber crime. The chamber sponsored the seminar. Read more.

G.I. Area Chamber of Commerce academic recognition event honors top Northwest grads

The Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce will honor the top-ranked graduating scholars from Northwest High School during an academic recognition reception at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the school’s auditorium.

For more than 30 years, the chamber has hosted a series of annual academic recognition receptions honoring the top-ranked scholars from Grand Island’s high schools. The three receptions, along with the endowment of chamber academic scholarships to four local students, provide an opportunity for the chamber and business partners to demonstrate their support for the scholastic achievements of today’s student leaders and tomorrow’s business leaders. Read more.

Grand Island voted #7 most livable city

Livable cities are made, not born. In a variety of ways, these 30 places are showing how localities can serve citizens of all ages… each has a strong blend of characteristics that make it stand out across all 60 of our (AARP) livability indicators. View most livable cities.

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Contact

Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce
309 West Second Street
Post Office Box 1486
Grand Island, NE 68802-1486
Phone: 308.382.9210
Fax: 308.382.1154
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