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Chair´s Column

Message from the Chair

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

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

We celebrated some major milestones for our city and region last month. First was the announcement that Foundation Park, the Forward Sioux Falls-funded development park in northwest Sioux Falls, had secured its first tenant. Construction has already begun on the warehouse and distribution center that will house Win Chill, LLC—bringing new business and jobs to Sioux Falls by next spring.

Next, community leaders gathered for a ceremonial groundbreaking for the USD Discovery District-a project years in the making. The vision for this corporate and academic research park is one that embraces collaboration and innovation as a means to strengthen Sioux Falls' economy.

We also celebrated a project not just years, but actually decades in the making—Good Earth State Park at Blood Run. With the grand opening of the park's new first-class Visitor Center, our citizens and visitors alike can experience the rich history and culture of the Oneota people that inhabited our area hundreds of years ago.

A common thread of these projects is that all were the result of partnerships involving multiple public and private entities. When we come together to work toward a common goal, great things can happen!

In Sioux Falls, we are lucky to have several high-quality post-secondary institutions as part of our community. From private liberal arts, to public university programs, to top-notch technical training, each school has unique strengths. Let's continue to look for ways we can partner with our academic institutions to create programs and initiatives that benefit our workforce and community as a whole.

On May 20, the Chamber hosted an Armed Forces Day ceremony bringing together active service members, veterans, families and an appreciative community. What a selfless gift all of our military members across the country have given through their service to the nation. It is a perfect example for all of us "giving it up" for our community.

You may have heard that I will be retiring from Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health System on June 30, 2017. My wife Mary Ann and I will remain in Sioux Falls and I will continue my commitment to the Chamber as Chair of the Board through September. Thank you all for your support and kind words!

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