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The Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is the region’s largest membership-driven organization representing the interests of over 300 businesses and individuals.

Start your New Year with ACTION

January 02, 2019
New Year’s celebrations are over and everyone is putting away the decorations for another year.  People are going back to work and their routines, but what about the New Year resolutions we all made on New Year’s Eve?  Did you write them down?  Can you actually reach those goals this year?  Will you look back at an accomplishment or a puzzle: what was that resolution again?

One group in the Park Rapids and Heartland Lakes does know how to set goals and see them come to fruition.  For the last 2 years ACTION (Actionable Collaboration Together Implementing Opportunity Now!) Park Rapids Area has helped several working groups meet every 90 days to report their progress on their plans to improve the community and to set a new 90 day plan.  This process of writing our goals out as 90 day plans, then posting them for the community to see and reviewing them in a large group meeting has produced many improvements in the area such as: Sculpture Walk at Red Bridge Park, welcome signs in Ojibwe in many of the local businesses, progress on a dementia friendly community,  a Community Volunteer Website up and running, the Park Rapids Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Initiative group presenting several projects for a trauma-informed community initiative, Coalition of Lake Associations (COLA) providing the schools and community education with water related classes and a branding effort expanding us from Park Rapids Area to Heartland Lakes.  

Other projects are in the works too.  A new group was formed in November to address house availability in the county.   Check these plans out at You can see the minutes of past meetings, the new plans posted and register for our next meeting. You can also see news articles from past efforts.  Our next meeting is February 7th at the Park Rapids Legion, 900 First Street East. 

Registration and morning treats/coffee start at 8:30 am with the meeting starting at 9 am.  We will be finished by noon.  Please register on the website or call the Chamber of Commerce if you are having trouble with the website.  The agenda is to review the process, share progress and road blocks, share possible solutions and then go into our working groups to make and update the next 90 plans.  

Please plan to stay until noon so that we can all hear the summaries of updated plans especially from new working groups. New groups with new ideas are welcome just make sure to register.  

Come join us on February 7th, find ways to lend your expertise to improve opportunities here in the Heartland Lakes area.  Or you can connect with others to help implement a new idea you bring to the group that benefits our area communities. - Carolyn White.
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