JAN. 2, 2018 - VOL. 54 No. 4

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Chair´s Column

Message from the Chair

By Steve Van Buskirk
2017-18 Chair of the Board

Steve Van Buskirk
Steve Van Buskirk
2017-18 Chair of the Board

I like to say that the volunteers and staff of the Chamber work every day at making Sioux Falls the best place to do business. Your membership dollars support an incredible list of educational activities, outreach, advocacy and other community improvement initiatives all designed to keep our economy strong. Upcoming large-scale events showcase the dedication of our Chamber to boosting our business community.

The 65th Annual Sioux Empire Farm Show will take place Jan. 23-27. This is a great opportunity to celebrate agriculture as the foundation of our economy. Ag is South Dakota's number one industry, generating more than $25 billion each year. We all know that farmers work hard, but they are also working smarter. The industry has become very high tech, with tools to increase productivity and create efficiencies while maintaining good stewardship of the land.

South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Mike Jaspers recently spoke to members of the Chamber's Issues Management Council and Agri-Business Division. It was an opportunity to consider common policy positions that matter to agriculture, including immigration policies and the impact of NAFTA, which helps us keep workers available and markets open for our products. These issues have an impact on both the ag industry and our local economy.

I invite you to stop out to this year's farm show - it is a free event - and be reminded of the important role ag plays our area. You are also invited to participate in the Mayor's Round-up and Sale of Champions on Friday, Jan. 26 at the Best Western PLUS Ramkota Exhibit Hall. More information on that event can be found on page 28.

February will be another big month as we welcome visitors from all over the country to Sioux Falls for Pheasant Fest. Our team at the Convention & Visitors Bureau should take a bow. Without their dedication and persistence, we would not be preparing to host this premier event. The economic benefit that Pheasant Fest brings to our area will be for the experts to explain, but as an outside observer, I imagine we will see strong sales tax receipts, full hotels, busy restaurants and thousands of new visitors who will go home with the impression that Sioux Falls is a great place to be.

Our Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce has a great staff, excellent volunteers and an incredible membership base who know that their investment in the Chamber reaps rewards far beyond the dollars spent. Thank you for being a part of our community and our chamber.

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