• December 2018

Message from the Chair

By Tim Sturdevant
2018-19 Chair of the Board

Today's business environment is full of hoops to jump through. Government regulation has always been a part of doing business, but in recent years increasing uncertainty has made it even more challenging.

The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes that and works tirelessly, advocating for sound policy that supports the full breadth of our business community. The Chamber is in your corner–we want to help your business succeed.

Since I first joined the Chamber's Board of Directors several years ago, I have developed a deeper appreciation for the thorough process the Chamber uses to review issues, develop positions and advocate on behalf of its members. An incredible amount of time is invested to make sure the Board can make informed decisions. We don't take a position on every issue, but we try to get involved in anything that might impact the business community in a direct way. Not all our members will always agree on a particular issue–and we respect that. But the Chamber works to keep the dialogue centered on what is right for our citizens, our economy and our future.

...the Chamber works to keep the dialogue centered on what is right for our citizens, our economy and our future.

The 2019 Legislative Session will be the start of a new governor's administration with new cabinet members and senior staff. The legislature itself will have 20 to 30 new members who don't have legislative experience, a new lieutenant governor presiding over the Senate and a new Speaker of the House of Representatives. With the change comes a fresh opportunity to educate our elected officials on the needs of the Sioux Falls area.

The Chamber facilitates opportunities for you to interact with elected officials throughout the year, and especially during the legislative session. I hope you will take advantage of these opportunities, as it is always valuable for legislators to hear from you directly. Look for information on those events in this issue and in the coming weeks.

Even if you can't attend a Legislative Coffee or travel to Pierre, the Chamber will keep you informed of important legislative developments on a regular basis. Subscribe to our Chamber Advocate email or podcast, view the weekly Bill Tracker at siouxfallschamber.com or follow @SFAreaAdvocate on Twitter for news on what is happening in Pierre.

The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce is a strong advocate for business, and our advocacy efforts are successful because of the strength of our membership base. Thank you for your continued investment in the economic health and quality of life in our region.


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