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JULY 3, 2017 - VOL. 53 No. 10

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Chair´s Column

Message from the Chair

By Dave Kapaska, D.O.
2016-17 Chair of the Board

Dave Kapaska
Dave Kapaska, D.O.
2016-17 Chair of the Board

Celebrating family-owned businesses is so appropriate for this issue of Chamber News, in this remarkable city, because our history of success as a community is due in large part to our willingness to work together. Like a family. Let me explain.

First, having lived and worked other places, I know Sioux Falls' record of achievement is unique. Our strong neighborhoods, vibrant core, thriving business climate and deep commitment to philanthropy all work together to create a quality of life others want to emulate.

I love that!

Your business's healthy bottom line is a reflection, I believe, of the efforts of countless and largely unseen hands – yesterday and today, past and present – to fashion a city where everyone, no matter their circumstances, gets a fair shot at building a life of meaning and purpose. Like family.

Your Chamber is a dedicated partner in that noble pursuit. We work with city and county government, the Sioux Falls School District and, especially you, our 2,300 members, big and small, to focus our best efforts and resources around a common goal: to promote business and economic expansion in a way that improves our collective quality of life.

Families, of course, go through good and tough times of one kind or another, and how they handle the latter says a lot about their character and resilience. And so it goes for Sioux Falls. Just like other places, we've seen our share of challenges. During each of those times, we have held fast to the values that make this city and business community great – integrity, pride, excellence, compassion.

As the old proverb goes: "In time of test, family is best.'' And in times of economic growth, as we are now experiencing, we remain devoted to time-honored principles.

I celebrate your success and you celebrate mine. We learn from each other. We look to the horizon, always, to ensure that our foundation is in the right place – that we are a diverse, strong, vibrant community welcoming to all. Like family.

Many of you know I've just retired as president and CEO of Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center. And as I look ahead to the next few months and the end of my tenure as chair of the Chamber board on September 30, I thank you for your encouragement, support and good wishes.

That's what families do.

God bless!


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