SEP. 5, 2017 - VOL. 53 No. 12

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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

It is hard for me to believe that this is my last edition of Chamber News as your board chair. What a year it has been. My sincere thanks to each of you for your support and dedication to the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, its more than 2,200 members and the 87,000 employees we represent to ensure the best business environment possible. It certainly has been a year of transition.

First, Evan Nolte retired as Chamber President/CEO after 38 years of dedicated service. After an intensive national search, Jason Ball was chosen to be our new leader. He is off to a great start – engaging staff and members throughout this amazing community. We are in a great position for the challenges ahead.

Please mark your calendars for the Chamber Annual Meeting to be held Oct. 24 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. It will be a great night to celebrate our success as a Chamber and to welcome our new Chair of the Board for 2017-18, Steve Van Buskirk, Van Buskirk Companies.

Workforce has been a major focus this year. In the current environment, how do we ensure that every business in our area can attract great employees for their needs? In addition, in order to attract new businesses, it is essential that we demonstrate workforce potential that can meet future needs. The success of Forward Sioux Falls, securing the first tenant in Foundation Park and the continued record building growth throughout the Sioux Falls area challenges each of us to maximize the potential of every citizen to contribute fully to these new opportunities.

Diversity, immigration, behavioral health, addictions, educational opportunities for all, mentorship, encouragement of the trades and many more issues must be addressed in order for us to continue our success. The Chamber is working alongside many people and organizations – Sioux Falls Thrive, city and county leadership, social service providers, Sioux Falls Public Schools and Sioux Empire United Way, among others. All are focusing on the future of our people and their ability to contribute fully to our economy and their own prosperity. Thanks to each of you for your support.

Thank you to each of you members, our Board, Diplomats, Ambassadors, committee members and Chamber staff for your passion and dedication in assisting this chamber to support and maximize the business opportunities in the Sioux Falls area. Thanks for allowing me the opportunity and honor to serve with you this past year. The future of Sioux Falls is very bright.

God Bless,

Dave Kapaska

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