Woodbury Chamber of Commerce Eggs and Issues: Community Needs

Eggs and Issues is a series of forums that provides the Woodbury Chamber of Commerce Members an excellent opportunity to hear from community stakeholders about the issues affecting the area. Last week was a City Council Candidate Forum with speakers including two incumbents, Amy Scoggins and Paul Rebholz.

Both candidates addressed and spoke about the needs and economic growth of the Woodbury community. One need that stood out was the lack of meeting space for local organizations and businesses.

Globe University-Woodbury campus has been a proud provider of meeting space for many community organizations including the City of Woodbury’s Hands-Only CPR as well as the HealthCore Business Alliance, the Woodbury Chamber of Commerce Small Business Symposium, Toastmasters, Junior Toastmasters, American Red Cross, ACT Prep, Workforce Center along with many others.

The campus is located in a fully accessible 68,000 square-foot building completed in 2007. Between the state-of-the-art equipment, comfortable lounges and space for informal gatherings and discussions along with plenty of free parking the campus provides an ideal space for the community to utilize with little to no cost.

Globe University’s has a mission to show “We Care” by building communities through education. Opening our doors to the community is just one way to demonstrate our overall mission and vision.

The forum also addressed the Gateway Corridor and how moving forward with that will help improve the economic development of the East Metro. The Gateway Corridor follows Interstate 94 from the St. Croix River Bridge to Saint Paul. This strip of the Interstate is vital for our local communities and not to mention the students and staff at Globe University-Woodbury campus. Studies show that the I-94 corridor today moves more than 150,000 vehicles per day.

The Gateway Corridor Commission Alternatives Analysis Study will determine the best mode of transit (light-rail transit, commuter rail or bus-rapid transit), estimated ridership, potential routes and estimated costs for construction and operation. According to the commission, depending upon federal and local funding, a new transitway in the Gateway Corridor could be operational by 2022.

Paul Rebholz commented on how a new transitway for the East Metro will provide a positive economic growth for the city of Woodbury.

Overall, the candidates have a positive outlook of the city of Woodbury’s business development and growth. After all, Woodbury is the 11th out of 100 best places to live in the United States according to Yahoo! Finance Best Places to Live 2012.