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Chair's Column

Workforce development important
to our economy

By Keith Severson
2013-14 Chair of the Board

Keith Severson
Keith Severson
2013-14 Chair of the Board

One of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber's of Commerce unique strengths is our ability to convene all the right people needed to develop and implement a shared vision for our community. The people gathered around the table each month at our board of directors meetings represent businesses of all sizes and key economic sectors as well as our local government entities. At these meetings we talk about our community's successes, we share challenges and we discuss how we can enhance our community and our organization for our members.

We've been told by other communities that Sioux Falls' and South Dakota's strong fiscal management and tax structure enables us to do things that others can't. In fact, community leaders from Billings, Mont, who recently visited Sioux Falls, repeated that over and over throughout their whirlwind tour of our city. Because of the time they spent with our community leaders here, Billings leaders are evaluating strategies at their state and local levels to help create economic development opportunities for their community and area.

Sioux Falls has characteristics that any community would envy: an excellent quality of life, solid infrastructure, dependable tax base, progressive citizens, and engaged community leaders. Perhaps it's the mindset we have that a rising tide lifts all boats that makes our community enviable. Ensuring that our community has the means to maintain our infrastructure and enhance our quality of life is one of our Chamber's top priorities and reasons behind our advocacy efforts.

As a watchdog for business, our staff is a great resource for our members. Yes, we spend a lot of time at the state capitol during the legislative session, but our advocacy efforts are truly year-round activities. Though the 2015 legislative session is months away, we're actively researching and discussing issues that could impact our community at the state level — and paying attention to issues at the local level, too. We are a presence at our local government meetings to represent our members — we actively monitor School Board, County Commission, City Council meetings and agendas plus state activities.

This issue of Chamber News highlights a few of the major events our community is proud to hold in the summer. We're a great host city for a number of reasons: our top-notch parks that are home to many of these activities, our developing downtown and great volunteers. All of these things come together to make Sioux Falls a great place to visit — and a great place to live. Enjoy the rest of your summer.


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