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Chair´s Column

We will maintain the Chamber´s strength, relevancy in year of transition

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

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

This 2016-17 year at the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce is one of transition and change. We have the normal changing of leadership with some Board of Directors members retiring and new Directors being nominated and taking office on Oct. 1. Also, the Chamber´s new officers for 2016-17 will be joining me and assuming their important leadership responsibilities to our Chamber membership on that date. The biggest change? At the end of this calendar year our President/CEO Evan Nolte is retiring after 37 years at the helm of the Chamber. It goes without saying that Evan´s leadership and steady hand have guided our organization to a place of prominence in the community, region and state.

Our challenge as Chamber leadership is to find the next Evan Nolte - that dynamic individual who can help lead our Chamber and our community into the future. This will not be an easy task.

However, through the leadership of 2015-16 Chair of the Board Paul Bruflat and others serving on our Search Committee, I feel confident that we will be successful. I know the commitment of the community leaders serving on the Chamber board and our commitees is strong and that we understand our responsibility to ensure that Evan´s work is carried on and our members are assured of the strength and relevancy of our chamber of commerce organization.

Losing Evan is not our only challenge in the next year. Like other growing communities across the country, workforce development – the attraction and retention of our workforce - is a tremendous challenge and opportunity. Thankfully, our Sioux Falls area leaders have unified our resources through a Strategic Workforce Action Agenda, based on findings from our 2015 task force. Solving this issue won´t be easy. In fact, there is risk involved in even tackling the issue at all. The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and the Sioux Falls Development Foundation through Forward Sioux Falls - and our community partners – do not shy away from challenges. You´ll be hearing a lot about the workforce priority in the months and years to come.

But first, we´ll celebrate all that we´ve accomplished. I encourage you to attend our 110th Annual Meeting on Oct. 18. It´s an opportunity to thank Evan and other community leaders for all they´ve done for our members and the community.

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