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Chair's Column

Collaboration is key to Sioux Falls area´s success

By Paul Bruflat
2014-15 Chair of the Board

Paul Bruflat
Paul Bruflat
2015-16 Chair of the Board

It is appropriate in the month of Thanksgiving that I´ve been reflecting about all of the wonderful people and businesses we have in our community. This was proved to me time and time again in the last few weeks as we started our new Chamber year.

A few months ago, our Chamber was contacted by Chamber leaders from St. Joseph, Mo., about holding a community leaders exchange. In late October, we hosted nearly two dozen members of their community, including Chamber and government leaders. Through a variety of presentations and networking, we talked about common challenges and shared opportunities.

This is not the first time we´ve welcomed another community to Sioux Falls for an exchange such as this. I think I speak for all involved of how proud we can be of our community and all we´ve accomplished, including our ability to tell the Sioux Falls story in such a way that other communities are taking notice and want to hear more. So often with these community exchanges, we learn that the collaboration and collegiality we share in Sioux Falls is not necessarily common in other communities. We are fortunate that our Chamber members and our community leaders understand that progress is everyone´s business – and that we´re more effective when we´re all on the same team.

Perhaps the best example of our community´s successful collaboration is Forward Sioux Falls. This joint venture between the Chamber and the Sioux Falls Development Foundation has brought together the public and private sectors for nearly three decades to enhance economic development efforts. The FSF track record is impressive and the 2021 program lays the groundwork for many successes over the next five years while also developing new initiatives that will pay dividends in the decades ahead.

Forward Sioux Falls brings together competitors who come together to solve community challenges, such as our need to develop, recruit and retain more high-skilled workers as we continue to create jobs. We can all be grateful for the investments made in the last three decades, which have enhanced our economy and improved our quality of life. I encourage all Sioux Falls area businesses to learn more about the 2021 program and consider investing in our region´s future.

For me, the start of the new Chamber year with our 109th Annual Meeting set the tone for the coming year. Have you shared your membership "story" with a prospective member? It was a wonderful evening filled with networking and outstanding entertainment from The Second City. Thank you to all who joined us!

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