In order to develop its legislative platform, the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, through its Issues Management Council, 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 Executive Committee for review and the Chamber Board for adoption. The platform was adopted at the Board of Directors meeting on December 14, 2016.
Military Task Force to continue efforts to bring F-35s to Joe Foss Field
The South Dakota Air National Guard (SDANG) did not advance to the next level of the selection process for F-35 basing consideration. However, there were many positive takeaways that will position SDANG well in the work to secure the long-term future of the 114th Fighter Wing´s mission.
The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce´s Military Task Force was vigilant in its effort to educate citizens throughout the community of the importance, resolve and dedication to mission of the 114th Fighter Wing. This effort included meetings with Sioux Falls city councilors, Minnehaha County commissioners and the mayor, which resulted in unanimous letters of support. The Task Force also emphasized the numerous awards and multiple overseas deployments of the unit and for its service to the people of Sioux Falls, our state and to the entire nation. The SDANG also received a unanimous resolution of support from the South Dakota State Legislature, along with unwavering support from our congressional delegation.
Leadership Sioux Falls renamed in honor of Evan Nolte
The signature leadership program of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce has a new name - the Evan C. Nolte Leadership Sioux Falls program.
Previously known as Leadership Sioux Falls, the selective-admission class was launched in 1986 and has grown into one of the Chamber´s most significant and impactful programs. More than 900 individuals have graduated from the program, and another 30 people comprise this year´s 31st class.