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JULY 07, 2016 - VOL. 51 No. 10

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Chamber plans Washington, D.C. Fly-in

The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce is planning a Washington, D.C. advocacy fly-in with the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce Sept. 6-9. This joint fly-in is designed to allow representatives from both organizations to work together on issues of common concern and to branch-off as individual chambers on issues unique to each. Each chamber´s participant group will include 12-15 individuals.

The Rapid City Chamber has a history of visiting Washington in the early fall of even-numbered years. When the Sioux Falls Chamber approached them about collaborating, they eagerly agreed that a partnership would strengthen the visit. By working together on the fly-in, organizers believe that this will strengthen the South Dakota message, cover issues important to the two largest communities in the state, make the best use of resources and time, and strengthen the relationship between both communities and chambers. . .

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Forward Sioux Falls 2021 campaign exceeds $15.5 million goal

Forward Sioux Falls 2021 Campaign Co-chairs Mayor Mike Huether, Dave Rozenboom, First PREMIER Bank, and Mark Shlanta, SDN Communications shared that to date $15.528 million has been raised for the five-year program, exceeding the $15.5 million goal. Since 1987 when Forward Sioux Falls started, more than $52 million has been raised over seven programs.

"Forward Sioux Falls embodies the notion that a rising tide lifts all boats," said Campaign Co-chair Dave Rozenboom. "We´ve seen the benefits of our collaboration and how it has improved our region´s economy and quality of life."

Forward Sioux Falls investors represent 80 percent private investments with 20 percent public investments. The seventh campaign kicked off in November 2015 with a goal of raising $15.5 million over the next five years to deliver on time-tested core programs as well as several new initiatives that address today´s challenges and opportunities. More than 75 volunteers assisted in the campaign. Forward Sioux Falls 2021 initiatives and program elements continue to provide opportunities to positively impact people, prosperity and place. . .

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Organizations encouraged to apply for Community Appeals scheduling in 2018-19

The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce´s Community Appeals scheduling process is considered an integral component contributing to a successful capital campaign. Since the committee was formed in 1953, its purpose has remained the same: to qualify and provide orderly scheduling for capital fund drives.

Community Appeals has a responsibility to discourage unnecessary or overlapping drives, to assess funds available in the Sioux Falls business community and to provide input on realistic drive goals. Organizations seek to capitalize on the strong reputation of the Chamber to maximize their fundraising activities. Eligible organizations include those with a social (non-profit) or educational emphasis (accredited, post-secondary). . .

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Applications for Leadership Sioux Falls 31 available this month

Applications for the Chamber´s 31st Leadership Sioux Falls program will be available this month. The deadline is Aug. 19. Since 1986, nearly 900 people have graduated and gone on to serve the community and region in a number of ways.

Leadership Sioux Falls has these cornerstone values: to develop long-lasting relationships and stimulate communications with other leaders; to discover the inner workings of your community and challenges it faces; to motivate and encourage participants to assume leadership roles in community affairs; to assist those already in leadership roles to increase their access to additional positions of community leadership in an informed and responsible manner; and to define your individual role and responsibility as a leader within the community. . .

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Advertising opportunities available in 2016-17 Sioux Falls Community Guide

Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce members have an opportunity to promote their businesses to individuals interested in learning more about living and working in Sioux Falls and to fellow Chamber members in the annual Sioux Falls Community Guide.

The guides will initially be distributed at Operation Thank You, a one-day event where volunteers visit Chamber members to share information about the Chamber and thank them for their membership investment; this year it will be held Sept. 29. The publication is distributed year-round and can also be found as a digital flipbook at siouxfalls.com. . .

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