APR. 02, 2018 - VOL. 54 No. 6

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YPN celebrates nine years of growth

The Young Professionals Network was launched in 2009 as a program of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. In its nine years, it has grown to nearly 1,000 members representing industries such as finance, engineering, agriculture, retail and many more.

The events and programs offered by the YPN have evolved over time to meet the needs of membership, but the basic goal remains the same: to develop and connect young leaders in the Sioux Falls area. . .

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Zoo brings the "Roar" to Sioux Falls

There was a time when the roar of the lions filled the air near the Great Plains Zoo. It is a sound that will return again soon, creating memories for new generations of Sioux Falls residents and visitors.

Starting April 1 and continuing through July 31, 2018, the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History will conduct a Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Community Appeal Campaign in the amount of $1.41 million to build a new lion exhibit in the Zoo's Africa exhibit. The project completes an already lush area with a watering hole for giraffes and zebras, as well as the nearby Rare Rhinos of Africa exhibit. The latest project, with an overall campaign goal of $5 million, will feature up-close viewing of an entire pride of up to 10 lions, including cubs. . .

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Executive Director joins Zeal

The Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship has hired a new executive director. Michelle Gjerde, a leader with decades of experience helping develop and market technology companies and startups, assumed the position on April 2.

A native of Vienna, S.D., and a graduate of Augustana University, Gjerde returns to South Dakota following a career that has taken her across the country and into organizations ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. . .

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