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Chair's Column

Chamber serves as watchdog

By Dana Dykhouse
2014-15 Chair of the Board

Dana Dykhouse
Dana Dykhouse
2014-15 Chair of the Board

Economic growth is positive. It means more customers. More customers means more sales, which means more profit for businesses. More sales means more revenue for cities and counties to use to build and maintain infrastructure and invest in quality of life projects.

With growth can come challenges, however. And that´s one of the reasons why the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce advocates on behalf of business – our job is to be the voice for business so you can continue to succeed in your business or profession. We want to ensure that our local governments are good stewards of our taxpayer dollars. We want our members to be assured that our community´s vision is in line with what will benefit our economy and our excellent quality of life for all citizens.

Because you´re a Chamber member, you get an inside look at issues affecting your business and the community through our many communication vehicles like this magazine, our weekly Chamber Advocate email and regular updates at our @SFAreaAdvocate Twitter handle. Each month in Chamber News, we talk about our advocacy efforts. We hold events, like our recent Higher Education: Your Business Partner breakfast, to share information about some of the challenges and opportunities faced by the business community and higher education with our future workforce.

Looking ahead, there are a number of issues that legislative task forces will be studying this summer and we´ll be paying attention and sharing that information with you so you know how this might affect your business. In addition to attending meetings and reporting information, we also study and research issues with the help of our volunteer members and committees. Several of the issues the legislature is looking at will be also be researched by us in-depth. We know not everyone can attend our events – and that´s why we share information in a number of ways. There are so many benefits to belonging to the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce – this is a reminder that using the Chamber as a resource is one of the top values of your membership.

As South Dakota´s largest city, Sioux Falls is blessed with a diverse, growing economy. We know you´re busy growing Sioux Falls and by all accounts, you´re doing a great job. Thanks for your continued investment in Sioux Falls and be sure to enjoy our community this summer.

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