Chamber, other organizations, help Sioux Falls raise the bar
By Dana Dykhouse
2014-15 Chair of the Board
2014-15 Chair of the Board
I see a sense of optimism and confidence in our community. Our city is on track to set another record year in construction permits. Our weekends - and weeknights - are full of activities and events for visitors and residents alike. There´s never been a better time to live and work in the Sioux Falls area.
One of the reasons Sioux Falls continues to host great events and attract more residents and business expansions is that we don´t rest. Your Chamber of Commerce, along with other government and community organizations, continues to raise the bar on our expectations and then backs it up with our accomplishments. It´s not just any one thing that makes this happen – it´s a lot of smaller things added together that have a positive impact on our community´s progress.
One example is our Young Professionals Network - a key initiative in our Chamber´s Leadership Development efforts. This group has grown to more than 1,000 members and will host its third Crossroads Summit one-day conference this month. I invite you to attend the Crossroads Summit on Aug. 20 – it may be hosted by YPN but is open to all. The lineup of keynote speakers and breakout sessions is top-notch. Your Chamber is proud to organize this affordable event that provides great networking opportunities and speakers who provide personal and professional development.
Last month´s issue featured our successful Leadership Sioux Falls program as it´s on the cusp of its 30th year. This is an important leadership development program in our community and one of my favorite programs that the Chamber puts on. Applications for the 30th class are due this month, so please be sure to meet the Aug. 14 deadline if you´re interested in participating.
We talk a lot about our advocacy efforts at the local and state levels, but we also focus on federal issues, too. During the next 30 days, we´ll host South Dakota´s Congressional delegation as part of our Inside Washington series. This is an informative opportunity for you as members to hear first-hand from our elected officials at the federal level. You can read more about our federal advocacy efforts on pages 30-31.
Our Convention & Visitors Bureau continues to be busy traveling to trade shows and conventions promoting the city and its amenities. They have booked a number of new events with more to be announced. This Labor Day weekend our city will host the Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge at Willow Run - a part of the 2015 Symetra Tour Road to the LPGA. There are a number of great volunteer opportunities and chances to see top-notch golf. Enjoy the rest of your summer and know that your Chamber continues to work for progress in all areas of our community.