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Chair´s Column

Continued missions for SDANG benefit Sioux Falls

By Paul Bruflat
2015-16 Chair of the Board

Paul Bruflat
Paul Bruflat
2015-16 Chair of the Board

Championing business causes is perhaps one of the most underrated benefits of Chamber membership. We believe strong advocacy for business is essential to maintain our healthy business climate. We believe that communicating about issues, our positions and how members can assist in the process is also key. Education is the third tenet of our public affairs process - ensuring our members understand why we have taken certain stances and understanding what the impacts could be on their business and quality of life.

This issue of Chamber News looks at the South Dakota Air National Guard at Joe Foss Field, a crucial asset for our city and state. For 70 years, the Air Guard has established itself as one of the premier units in the country. Since 1991, the 175th Fighter Squadron of the 114th Fighter Wing has flown the F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft. However, this mission is projected to reach its shelf life sometime between 2027-30. It is expected that by early 2017, the Air Force will indicate its plan to announce the next round of basing locations for the F-35 (likely two active duty, two Air National Guard and possibly two alternate basing locations).

Several groups are coming together, including your Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, to ensure the base continues to have a strong future. Sioux Falls is one of the locations vying to be one of the basing locations for the F-35s. About a decade ago we convened a Military Task Force to be ready to advocate on behalf of the Air Guard. Advocating for the SDANG represents just one of the ways the Chamber brings people together to make our community and region stronger. Also in this issue we layout our advocacy process, which is at a fever pitch during the legislative session – but much of the groundwork takes place throughout the year in studying issues. Your Chamber will continue to educate members about the numerous ballot issues that will appear on the November ballot. Stay tuned for future magazine issues and look online at for more communication and education pieces.

Advocacy, communication and education – key membership benefits. Thanks for your continued investment in our area´s future through your Chamber membership!

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