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BE Chamber of Commerce director resigns

By Staff | Apr 20, 2020

Emily Lange had just begun her new job as the executive director of the Blue Earth Chamber of Commerce when this photo was taken outside the new Chamber Giant Welcome Center in June of last year.

Blue Earth Chamber of Commerce executive director Emily Lange has announced she will be leaving the association for a new position.

Lange, who has been the director since last June, sent a letter of resignation to the Chamber Board of Directors last week Monday. Her final day of employment with the Chamber will be on Friday, April 24.

In her letter Lange thanked the board for the opportunity to serve as the executive director, and that she loved getting to know the business owners of Blue Earth and working on all the different projects.

Lange says she will still be working with local businesses in her new position as the Community Workforce Coordinator for Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA).

“I will be the liaison between the Blue Earth Area Schools, United South Central Schools and the business community,” Lange says. “I will be working to establish relationships and opportunities between students and local businesses.”

She adds that this job was inspired by the work she has done with career exploration events with the Blue Earth Rural Entrepreneurial Venture (REV) program.

“I am thankful for the opportunity to have been the executive director and I have learned a lot and value the relationships I have built along the way,” Lange says. “The experience that I have gained is irreplaceable. I would like to thank the community for being so welcoming and open to trying new ideas.”

The Chamber’s Board of Directors have already been working on plans for the Chamber in the future.

“While it’s difficult to say goodbye to Emily, the board is very grateful to her for all her efforts over the past year and we wish her well in her new endeavors,” Chamber board president Paula Kabe says. “The Chamber will be in good hands as we have a wonderful, dedicated team member in Shellie Poetter, the Chamber’s long-time administrative assistant. The board will support Shellie in every way possible as she steps in as interim director.”