MAY 04, 2016 - VOL. 51 No. 8

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Chair´s Column

Collaboration is key to Sioux Falls´ success

By Paul Bruflat
2015-16 Chair of the Board

Paul Bruflat
Paul Bruflat
2015-16 Chair of the Board

The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce has long been the organization that brings people together from across the community to tackle issues as well as focus on economic development and quality of life opportunities for the area.

Selling Sioux Falls is easy when you take into account what we have to sell – a vibrant community with top-notch facilities and a host mentality. No one does a better job than our Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau! The CVB will celebrate their industry at their annual luncheon on May 10 - all are welcome to hear from keynote speaker J.B. Bernstein as he shares valuable insight on business, marketing, selling and achieving success in unpredictable and unprecedented circumstances.

Bernstein´s message on the power of relationships should resonate with the Sioux Falls audience. Collaboration has proven to be a successful strategy for much of our community´s successes, both recently and historically. In April we held the groundbreaking for Foundation Park, an 820-acre megasite - the state´s first – that will help create jobs for decades to come. Partnerships from the state, city and business community (primarily through Forward Sioux Falls) have made this park a reality. Our entire region will benefit from this collaboration. Foundation Park is another sales tool for economic development and this venture wouldn´t have happened without everyone working together. Thank you to all our members who are investing in Forward Sioux Falls. As a reminder, the 2021 campaign officially ends May 27.

This issue of Chamber News shares a wrap-up from our lobbyist about the 2016 Legislative Session. Later this month our members will have a chance to hear from Gov. Dennis Daugaard at our spring Good Morning Sioux Falls program. We are already looking ahead to the fall election and the many issues that will appear on the ballot. We´re fortunate to have many volunteer leaders working with us as we develop issue briefs on the 10 certified ballot issues that will be decided in the November election. Based on our volunteers´ work, our Board will consider taking positions on issues important to our members. Our intent is to have informed and educated voters and we will share the research with our membership as it is developed.

There are other membership organizations, many specific to particular industries, but the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce truly is the premier business organization in the region. I believe that members like being on our winning team – because we invite all to the table and we continue to tackle new challenges together to help boost our community even more.

Thank you to all the volunteers who participated in our membership drive and welcome to the new members who joined our team during the recent Spring Membership Drive – we´re happy to have you on board!

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