DEC. 29, 2016 - VOL. 52 No. 4

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Chair´s Column

Plan to participate in 2017

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

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

The start of a new year is a natural time to make plans and set goals. We take stock of where we are and where we want to be in the future. Then, we try to figure out how we are going to get there.

Sioux Falls is successful and growing because we have community-minded leaders who are continually making plans for the future in an effort to build our economic health and quality of life. Your membership in the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce is one way that you play a role in strengthening our already strong foundation.

Agriculture is South Dakota´s largest industry and is still a mainstay in the Sioux Falls area. This is an industry that has evolved significantly in recent decades, using technology to become more productive and more efficient. Ag is a more than $25 billion industry in our state and while Sioux Falls´ economy has diversified over the years, agriculture still helps drive our local economy, too. We invite you to help us celebrate the role agriculture continues to play in our community at the 64th Annual Sioux Empire Farm Show in late January. With the help of hundreds of volunteers, we´ll welcome approximately 30,000 people to Sioux Falls for a week of shows and sales. Whether you were a farm kid or a city kid, visiting the Sioux Empire Farm Show is a chance to return to our community´s roots and recognize the people who continue to put food on our tables and play a major role in our statewide economy.

The state legislature convenes this month and we send our elected officials to Pierre to make decisions for the future of our state. Chamber representatives will be there as well, advocating on issues that may affect your business in the future. I encourage you to stay informed and involved in this process. The Good Morning Sioux Falls breakfast, Legislative Coffees, and Sioux Falls Day at the Legislature are great ways to be involved. You can also stay informed by reading the weekly email Chamber Advocate, following along on social media (@SFAreaAdvocate) and reviewing the weekly Bill Tracker. The Chamber aims to inform as well as provide context about issues and explain how decisions affect the business community.

Perhaps continued learning is part of your plans for the coming year. The Chamber offers a variety of personal and professional development opportunities. Our annual Business Sense Workshops begin this month and run weekly through March. These affordable learning lunches offer information that can help your business grow, along with a chance to network with other professionals.

Thank you for your continued support of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. Happy New Year!

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