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Bill Blazar is Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Business Development at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. He is responsible for the Chamber's public affairs program, including policy development, lobbying, and elections. He also manages Grow Minnesota!, the Chamber's business retention and expansion program. He is a past member and chair of the board of te Minnesota Government Relations Council. Prior to joining the Chamber, he was manager of government affairs for Target Corp. He has also worked as a freelance public policy analyst, specializing in state and local fiscal policy, economic development, and telecommunications. He holds a M.A. in public affairs from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He co-convened the Minnesota Compass Immigration Advisory Group as well.