This fall, the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce will convene a Washington, D.C. advocacy fly-in with the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce. This joint fly-in, scheduled for Sept. 5-7, is designed to allow representatives from east and west river to collaborate on our federal policy agendas. Each chamber’s participant group will include 11-14 individuals.
Two years ago, the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce partnered for the first time on a fly-in with the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce. The Rapid City Chamber had been conducting D.C. fly-ins for several years. By working together, organizers are able to strengthen the South Dakota message, cover issues important to the two largest communities in the state, make the best use of resources and time and strengthen the relationship between both communities and chambers.
Planning is well underway, and the basic agenda will include the following: On Sept. 5, participants will travel to D.C. and gather for an opening dinner and briefing. Sept. 6 will feature a full-day of agency and congressional meetings. Sept. 7 will include at least a half-day of agency and congressional meetings, plus some time for individual touring. On Sept. 8, participants can do individual touring and will travel home.
Some of the highlights participants can expect will include meetings with South Dakota’s congressional delegation, a tour of the Pentagon, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce briefing, a “State’s Night” reception and dinner (Sept. 6) and an agenda based on federal issues important to the Sioux Falls area and South Dakota.
“We’ll work to make the agenda strategically meaningful,” said Debra Owen, Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Director and Lobbyist.
Attendees will be required to pay their own way for the trip. If you are interested in joining the fly-in, contact Teresa Schreier at firstname.lastname@example.org or (605) 373-2050 to get more details on costs and to be added to the information list to stay up to date as the tour comes together.