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Chair's Column

Moving Sioux Falls forward is what we do

By Dana Dykhouse
2014-15 Chair of the Board

Dana Dykhouse
Dana Dykhouse
2014-15 Chair of the Board

I view progress in our community like a parade: we can be in our own bands, wearing our own uniforms and playing our own songs, but the important thing is that we are all moving forward in the same direction.

This past year, I´ve had the privilege to lead the business community by serving as Chair of the Board of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. Your Chamber has continued to set the stage for progress in the Sioux Falls area. Whether it´s tracking legislation, providing educational programs or sharing networking opportunities, your Chamber has made a difference in the ongoing progress of our community in the past 12 months.

It´s not just any one person who helps our community and our Chamber succeed. It´s the collective gathering of voices moving in the same direction that continues to have impact. We are stronger together than we are apart, which is why membership in the Chamber is so valuable and vital to the success of business. We have a shared voice when lobbying to maintain our healthy business climate. We have a vested interest to improve our community, from educational to quality of life opportunities for our future.

Forward Sioux Falls is one of the best examples of progress in our community. This partnership between the Chamber and the Sioux Falls Development Foundation brings competitors together for the greater good of Sioux Falls – and the results have been tremendous. Investors represent the public and private sectors. This past year our community leaders have again spent time studying future opportunities as well as challenges faced by business, namely workforce development. We will be sharing more about the proposed Forward Sioux Falls 2021 program in the coming months.

Forward Sioux Falls represents long-term vision for our community, as do a number of new facilities that have been built in the last few years. Perhaps the most notable is our Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, which will soon celebrate its first birthday. You can read more about this community success story in this issue of Chamber News.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve. I´m excited to pass the baton to incoming Chair Paul Bruflat with CNA Surety and let the band play on!

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