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Nov. 5, 2014 - VOL. 50 No. 2

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OTHER NEWS

Feeding South Dakota to expand facilities in fight against hunger
The Chamber´s Legislative Platform and Policy Statements process
Chamber launches website redesign
Discounted training available to Chamber members
State Chamber´s Economic Outlook to focus on workforce development
New Community Guide available for members

FEEDING SOUTH DAKOTA TO EXPAND FACILITIES IN FIGHT
AGAINST HUNGER

One might assume that nearly all South Dakota families have enough to eat; however, with an estimated 100,000 South Dakotans considered food insecure, meaning they don´t know when or where their next meal will come from, being hungry is a part of many people´s daily struggle. Add to this a growing population in Sioux Falls, coupled with more citizens finding themselves categorized as working poor, and it becomes much easier to understand the acute situation facing many in the Sioux Falls area and across South Dakota...

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THE CHAMBER´S LEGISLATIVE PLATFORM AND POLICY STATEMENTS PROCESS

At their December meeting, the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will consider adopting the 2015 Policy Statements and Legislative Platform that guide our Chamber´s work during the upcoming legislative session. Prior to adoption, a lot of work goes into developing the platform.

PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE

The Chamber´s advocacy efforts include the development of two important types of guidance – Policy Statements and the Legislative Platform. Both are typically divided into topical sections such as economic development, infrastructure, education, taxes and regulation, etc...

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CHAMBER LAUNCHES WEBSITE REDESIGN

In a world where technology often gets in the way of human interaction, the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce strives to enhance members´ (and future members) ability to stay connected and stay informed. A revamp of siouxfallschamber.com gives users the information they want, allows them to access it from whatever device they prefer and gives a human face to go with that information. Every aspect of the new website is geared toward strengthening the Chamber´s relationships with members and the community.

The Chamber´s website, originally launched in the late 1990s, has continued to evolve over the years to meet members´ needs; the newly-redesigned siouxfallschamber.com addresses changes in both how and why visitors are accessing the site...

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DISCOUNTED TRAINING AVAILABLE TO CHAMBER MEMBERS

At a recent meeting of the Chamber´s Education and Workforce Development Committee, Southeast Tech´s Training Solutions Institute made a presentation on their extensive non-credit education and training catalog. During discussion, the committee agreed to dialogue with Training Solutions to see if there was a way to create a win-win solution – discounted training options for Chamber members and enhanced offerings for Training Solutions. After a brief negotiation, an agreement was reached. Any employee of any Chamber member can take courses through Training Solutions at a 15 percent discount off their list price. There is no minimum number of employees needed to receive this discount – it begins with the first employee. The discount applies to most of Training Solutions´s offerings; the next printed catalog, available near Thanksgiving, will highlight the eligible courses. In return, the Chamber will help promote and communicate the program to its membership...

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STATE CHAMBER´S ECONOMIC OUTLOOK TO FOCUS ON WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

This year´s South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry´s annual Economic Outlook highlights a topic that has been discussed thoroughly in recent months – workforce development. The Economic Outlook will be held Thursday, Nov. 13 from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

Dr. Ralph Brown will give an update on the state and regional economies and discuss the principles of inflation. A Professor Emeritus of Economics at USD and Chief Advisor to the Governor´s Economic Advisory Council, Brown has presented at previous events; currently he´s with Economic Analysts & Associates in Vermillion. A workforce development panel will discuss issues including filling technical job openings, developing new workforces and ideas for coping with a shortage of workers...

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NEW COMMUNITY GUIDE AVAILABLE FOR MEMBERS

Last month approximately 300 volunteers spent time saying thank you to more than 2,000 Chamber members and asking their input about the value of their membership at the 29th Annual Operation Thank You.

Operation Thank You is held annually and is sponsored by the Diplomat Committee, which is the servicing arm of the Chamber.

Members received the 2014-15 Sioux Falls Community Guide, with information about all facets of life in Sioux Falls. The book is a great publication to use in recruiting new staff or sharing information about living and doing business here. The Sioux Falls Community Guide contains information about Sioux Falls and is targeted to people considering relocation to Sioux Falls, and also to businesses seeking community information for marketing and...

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