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Maintaining momentum is key to our success

By Dana Dykhouse
2014-15 Chair of the Board

Keith Severson
Dana Dykhouse
2014-15 Chair of the Board

In Sioux Falls we are truly in an enviable position, both regionally and nationally. As I look forward to the year ahead for our Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and our community, I´m excited about the opportunities that lie ahead. More importantly, I´m confident that we have the vision and the leadership to make our community be whatever we want it to be.

I believe we have a responsibility, both to those who came before us and to those who will come after us, to continue to raise our expectations of where we are going and what we want to become. Our community is strong because our leaders knew how to dream big. You don´t have to look very far to see the seeds they planted that are now bearing fruit. We owe it to the next generation to continue that vision – and to add our own dreams to the mix, too.

Our diverse economy has served us well in good times and in not-so-good times. Yet like nearly every other metro area in the country, we have a workforce challenge. Your Chamber of Commerce will be at the table as we continue to tackle this issue at both the regional and state levels. I don´t make any claims that we´ll solve this issue in the next 12 months, or that there´s a one-size-fits-all solution for Sioux Falls. I do know that we won´t turn a blind eye to this challenge and that we won´t be afraid to try new ideas.

As in the past, our priorities are driven by the needs of our members. And membership remains one of our highest priorities. Growing our membership to reflect the growing community is important – as well as making sure our current members find value in their investment. We´ll continue to ask for your feedback as we prepare for the upcoming legislative session and as we study other issues that affect the business community.

Our job is to maintain the momentum. I invite you to join me in this endeavor. I also invite you to join us in celebration in all that we´ve accomplished by attending our 108th Annual Meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 21. This year´s format will be different, too – it´s not every year that we hold a concert in a brand new facility as part of our annual meeting! Please invite everyone in your organization to be a part of our evening as we celebrate Sioux Falls at the premier event of the year. Contact the Chamber office to order your tickets.

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