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Jan. 9, 2015 - VOL. 50 No. 4

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Chamber´s 2015 Policy Statements
Chamber´s 2015 Legislative Platform
New scholarship program to address immediate workforce needs
Why you should hold a ribbon cutting ceremony
Lewis & Clark to share $31 million in additional funding
YPN seeks more members during drive

CHAMBER´S 2015 POLICY STATEMENTS

Since 1993, policy statements addressing broad issue areas have been endorsed by the Chamber Board to direct Chamber business advocacy efforts. The policy statements have been reviewed annually and modified to reflect the issues and context of the day as necessary. The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors approves the following statements to guide lobbying and community development activities in 2015...

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CHAMBER´S 2015 LEGISLATIVE PLATFORM

In order to develop its legislative platform, the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, through its Issues Management and Issues Research councils, conducts research, hears presentations and surveys its members about issues affecting business. These efforts, combined with actively following and monitoring legislative activity since the close of last session, guide our efforts toward developing the platform for the upcoming session. The platform is reviewed, edited and approved by the Issues Management Council and forwarded to the Chamber Board. The 2015 Legislative Platform was approved by Issues Management Council on Dec. 11, 2014, reviewed by the Executive Committee on Dec. 15, 2014 and adopted by the Board of Directors on Dec. 17, 2014...

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NEW SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM TO ADDRESS IMMEDIATE WORKFORCE NEEDS

T. Denny Sanford, United National Corporation Chair of the Board, and the state of South Dakota have collaborated on a new scholarship program called Build Dakota Scholarships, created through an equal $25 million investment totaling $50 million.

Sanford has donated $25 million to be paid over five years, and the state will match that amount, investing from South Dakota´s Future Fund. The fund will provide for approximately 300 scholarships in each of the first five years beginning in fall 2015. Following 2020, an endowment will continue to award about 50 scholarships each year. Funds will be administered by the South Dakota Community Foundation...

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WHY YOU SHOULD HOLD A RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY

Are you a new Chamber member? Have you expanded by brick and mortar? Have new ownership or a new name? Are you celebrating a milestone anniversary? If so, please contact our office to schedule a ribbon cutting!

A ribbon cutting is a great way to promote your business and share your business´ success story with other members of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and the community. Ribbon cuttings are one of the most tangible benefits of Chamber membership - each month in this magazine, see pages 43-48, the Chamber recognizes members with ribbon cutting photos...

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LEWIS & CLARK TO SHARE $31 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL FUNDING

The U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate approved the fiscal year (FY) 2015 Budget that includes an additional $31 million for the Bureau of Reclamation´s (BOR) Rural Water Program. Once finalized, BOR officials will decide how to divide the $31 million among six rural water projects. In addition to Lewis & Clark Regional Water System (LCRWS), there are two projects in Montana, two in New Mexico and one in North Dakota...

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YPN SEEKS MORE MEMBERS DURING DRIVE

Don´t miss out on the 2015 Young Professionals Network Membership Drive taking place Jan. 26-March 6. Recruiting new YPN members is easy. Send your referral to siouxfallsypn.com to fill out the online membership application. In the "referred by" section of the application, make sure they put your name. If they don´t include your name on their application, you won´t get the credit.

For every new member you refer, your name will be entered for weekly prize drawings. The more people you refer, the better chance you have to win. At the end of the drive, the top three recruiters will each win $100. Winners will be announced weekly via email with the top three winners unveiled in the April issue of Chamber News...

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