A message from the Chamber Chair
Amy Reents, Midwest Ski Association
The Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau made great strides in 2018! We are very grateful for our strong Chamber Staff, Board of Directors, committee members, volunteers, and most of all, the committed membership in this community. Many great things are happening in Hastings and many more are in the works.
In 2018 we celebrated 50 years as a Chamber. The community also celebrated at Rivertown Days, honoring the events 40th Anniversary. The celebration was complete, with a new event layout at the Riverwalk surrounding our beautiful pavilion along the water. To keep residents informed of our amazing business community, we created and distributed a shop local guide to Hastings residents. We also became engaged on important community projects as Board members and chamber staff participated in the 2040 Comp Plan and the Vermillion Street Corridor Study. Hastings has a lot to offer visitors to this area. Tourism is on the rise and it has been great to see visitors exploring our community. The tourism bureau has continued to use our recent tourism assessment report to generate ideas and energy into promoting tourism. A new Hastings Visitors Guide was completed and we partnered with Explore Minnesota Tourism to bring the #OnlyinMN monument sign to Rivertown Days. One of the highlights and confirmations that Hastings is catching the eye of tourists was when KARE 11 rated Hastings a top road trip destination in MN. Looking ahead into this year, the Chamber is excited to continue collaboration with the city and community partners. We look forward to working with our new mayor and city administrator. When dedicated people work together for the betterment of all, we all benefit. The Chamber has committed to some key strategic goals for 2019. A commitment to grow in membership and member engagement, to play a strong roll in economic development, to market Hastings as a top tourist destination, and to once again host a successful community celebration with our 41st Rivertown Days. We are excited and ready to get to work for our Chamber membership. We encourage all of you to become more involved in our efforts.
Thank you for your support, and best wishes in 2019!
About The Hastings Chamber of Commerce
For 50 years, the Hastings Chamber has been an organization of businesses who work together to advance the commercial, financial, industrial and civic interest of the community. We are run by a volunteer Board of Directors elected by Chamber members.
The Hastings Chamber is a respected and influential leader and an advocate for the regional business community it serves. Our work on community initiatives has also positioned the Chamber as a valued community asset. The Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau is not a division of city, county or state government. It is not directed or governed by the U.S. Chamber, Minnesota Chamber, or any other organization.
Our Mission: To lead, promote and advocate for the Hastings area business community
to reinforce a strong local economy.
- Grow and engage membership through programs, events and communication.
- Play a strong supporting role in economic development for the Hastings area.
- Market the Hastings area as a top tourist destination.
- Host a successful community celebration that boosts the local economy and fosters community pride: Rivertown Days!