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JUL. 2, 2014 - VOL.49 NO. 10

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Apply for the 29th Leadership Sioux Falls Class
New state laws go into effect July 1
Chamber´s advocacy efforts include Issue Briefs
Conference Center named after longtime employee Betty Ordal
Falls Park Visitor Center continues success

APPLY FOR THE 29th LEADERSHIP SIOUX FALLS CLASS

Nearly three decades ago, the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce explored the need to create a way to meet the growing needs for active participation of informed and dedicated community leaders. Many communities across the nation had community leadership programs. As a result of those early discussions, the Leadership Sioux Falls program was developed in 1986.

Today, Leadership Sioux Falls remains a unique opportunity for emerging and existing leaders to build, collaborate and steward a vibrant, connected community in the Sioux Falls area. The program is designed to expose participants to the issues that face the community while challenging and engaging them to strengthen the community and themselves through personal development and civic engagement...

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NEW STATE LAWS GO INTO EFFECT JULY 1

When the Chamber of Commerce is in Pierre to advocate on behalf of business, the work always boils down to specific bills and our then efforts to kill them, fix them or support them.

Some bills are bad ideas that simply need to be defeated, while resisting the temptation to try to fix a bad bill. Some bills are good ideas, but need some work to assuage various interests. Some bills simply need to be passed.

Typically, bills passed during session go into effect July 1, with the exception of those with emergency clauses on them. Thus as the state´s new fiscal year begins, new laws are coming on the books. Below are a few of the more significant new laws from the 2014 session...

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CHAMBER´S ADVOCACY EFFORTS INCLUDE ISSUE BRIEFS

One of the many benefits of Chamber membership is the advocacy work the Chamber conducts on behalf of the business community.

When issues arise that affect business, your Chamber responds by communicating in a variety of ways – one of which is through the development of issue briefs. These briefs, usually two- to three-pages in length, are designed to be a clear, concise and objective way to better understand an issue.

Issue briefs generally include a background of the issue, proponent and opponent perspectives and the potential impact to the community, state and even nation. For example, during the April Municipal Election, three issue briefs were developed to help Chamber members make informed choices on ballot issues...

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CONFERENCE CENTER NAMED AFTER LONGTIME EMPLOYEE BETTY ORDAL

The main meeting space of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce has a new name – the Betty J. Ordal Conference Center. Previously, the room was referred to as the Conference Center.

This recognition was approved by the Chamber´s Board of Directors at the June 25 Board meeting, which was also Ordal´s last day of work after 48 years of service to the Chamber. Ordal held a number of positions at the Chamber, most recently Membership Services Director...

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FALLS PARK VISITOR CENTER CONTINUES SUCCESS

Since the Falls Park Visitor Information Center opened in 2001, it has been a popular stop for visitors to Sioux Falls as well as residents. The Visitor Information Center is managed by the Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) and exists to assist visitors with their stay in Sioux Falls.

The visitor center offers a wide variety of Sioux Falls information. The CVB´s official Sioux Falls Visitor Guide and visitor maps, and brochures from several Sioux Falls attractions, hotels, activities, and other businesses are displayed and available throughout the center for visitors. A wide variety of Sioux Falls memorabilia is also offered at the visitor center: T-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, key chains, post cards, mugs and much more...

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