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Sioux Falls´ strengths are our diverse people and industries

By Dana Dykhouse
2014-15 Chair of the Board

Keith Severson
Dana Dykhouse
2014-15 Chair of the Board

We´ve had a great start to our new Chamber year. Thank you to all who joined us in October for the largest Chamber Annual Meeting to celebrate Sioux Falls and listen to the sounds of Chicago at the new Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. It certainly was a night to remember!

At the Chamber´s Board of Directors Retreat in August, I asked our attendees to describe Sioux Falls in one word or phrase. The answers were varied: Visionary. Generous. Giving. Progressive. Fun. Welcoming. Engaged. Collaborative. The place to be.

Another word used was Diverse. This issue of Chamber News shares more information about our community´s changing demographics and the organizations and events that assist with educating and acclimating our different cultures and those who are new to the area.

Our community is open and welcome to diversity, which perhaps accounts for our continued diversification. The truth is, we are all immigrants from somewhere who came here at some point. What we have in common is that we all call Sioux Falls home.

What makes Sioux Falls different, what makes us successful – is our people. Our melting pot of cultures and industry strengthens our community and our economy. We all benefit from the diversity of people we are able to do business with, just as we benefit by learning about other cultures.

Educating yourself and others about the different cultures that make up our community is one way. Encouraging inclusion and diversity in all areas of our community is another. Later this month the Sioux Falls Diversity Council, with support from the Chamber and other leading organizations, is hosting the 7th Annual Diversity Conference to share more information about how businesses can better understand different cultures in our community.

No matter where you were born, Sioux Falls is a community where you can realize your dreams. We are a city of opportunity. Your Chamber of Commerce works diligently to keep our business climate healthy and strong and to ensure those opportunities exist for all people. Your investment in the Chamber supports us in that endeavor.

Yes, Sioux Falls is changing. We continue to develop and expand – just look at the number of ribbon cuttings we celebrate each month, the new members who join the Chamber or the members who celebrate milestone anniversaries. Our business community is healthy and growing because of the Chamber and because of our members. At the end of the day, Sioux Falls is home. Thank you for your efforts to make it a welcoming place for all.

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