DEC. 7, 2016 - VOL. 52 No. 3

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Deconstructing the outcomes of the 2016 South Dakota ballot measures

On November 8, the United States elected a new President for the next four years. Here in South Dakota, voters also faced ten ballot measures with implications much further into the future. Voters consistently expressed confusion, frustration and overload on many of the measures. The campaigns on each, pro and con, filled newspapers, airwaves and mailboxes with carefully crafted soundbites designed to sway voters. Only careful study of the text of each measure revealed the full breadth of the implications, and sometimes even this level of study could not untangle the web. One of the measures, IM 22, was thirty-four pages (70 sections) long! In the end, four of the ten measures passed, two of these by razor-thin margins.

Four of the ten measures successfully passed the ballot on November 8. These went into effect on November 16 though certain components of IM 22 will take effect at later dates. Businesses, governmental entities and other organizations that may be impacted by each measure should consult with legal counsel on the implications of the new laws. . .

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LSS surpasses Community Appeals campaign goal

It has become very easy to boast about Sioux Falls. A robust economic climate, outstanding quality of life and a virtually unmatched level of corporate and individual giving lead to a recipe for success. The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Community Appeals process is a prime example of this benevolence.

Having just ended a successful Community Appeals campaign titled Campus on East Bank which raised over $1.25 million; Lutheran Social Services (LSS) will be well-positioned to fulfill its mission to "strengthen individuals, families and communities."

Campaign funds will be used in support of programming at their new location at the Campus on 6th Street, the former Kilian College location in downtown Sioux Falls. The move will allow LSS to consolidate services that are located in three different areas into one facility. . .

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Strategic partnerships foster entrepreneurship

The Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship has established their reputation as the go-to resource for local entrepreneurs. Opened in 2004 as the South Dakota Technology Business Center, Zeal provides an environment, infrastructure and resources to support the development and expansion of early-stage companies. Area businesses have taken note of Zeal´s success and several have recently stepped forward to commit to long-term strategic partnerships with Zeal.

A recent investment from Interstate Office Products has allowed Zeal to open the E@Z Co-working space, offering entrepreneurs a flexible workspace and access to resources without a long-term commitment.

A separate five-year partnership with Midco© Business launched with the installation of gigabit internet on the Zeal campus on North Career Avenue. Midco provided the direct fiber connection and Zeal performed the internal hardware upgrades. Thanks to the partnership, the upgrades were implemented at no additional cost to the entrepreneurs and organizations operating at Zeal. . .

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Ball to succeed Nolte as President/CEO

The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce has named Jason M. Ball as the next President/CEO of the organization.

Ball has served as the President/CEO of the Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce in Hutchinson, Kan. since 2012. There he is responsible for oversight of all Chamber programs including membership engagement, economic development, public policy and the CVB. Ball is a Certified Economic Developer, holds an MBA from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, and is a graduate of Oklahoma University´s Economic Development Institute. He was selected as one of Development Counsellors International, "40 under 40 - Rising Stars in Economic Development" in 2015.

Ball was selected following a nationwide search led by Waverly Partners, LLC, a professional recruiting firm with expertise in chamber searches. . .

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