May 2024 Chamber News

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Chamber News

Champions for business in the Statehouse

The 2024 Legislative Scorecard

Building bridges through language

Forward Sioux Falls invests in English language program

Leadership Sioux Falls graduates 38th class

May 2024 Vol. 59, No. 6

28-29 Leadership Sioux Falls graduates 38th class p. 32-33

On the Cover

The Big Sioux River flows past the ruins of the Queen Bee Mill at Falls Park. The photo is courtesy of the City of Sioux Falls Parks & Recreation Department.

2023-24 Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce leadership


Chair Scott Lawrence Lawrence & Schiller, Inc.

Chair-Elect Miles Beacom

PREMIER Bankcard

Vice Chair

Tamien Dysart

Think 3D Solutions


Dr. José-Marie Griffiths

Dakota State University

Immediate Past Chair

Paul Hanson Sanford Health

Chamber President & CEO

Jeff Griffin


Joe Bunkers Gage Brothers

Catherine Dekkenga JLG Architects

Jason Herrboldt First Bank & Trust


In this issue REGULAR FEATURES Message from the Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Member Anniversaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7 New Members 7 Event Calendars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-11 Faces & Places 12-20 Community Appeals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Headlines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27-36 Economic Indicators 37 Ribbon Cuttings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39-41 Five Questions 42 Publisher Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce Chamber News Ad Sales For advertising information, call (605) 336-1620 or email Chamber News Layout/Design Jill Blom Chamber News Editor Jennie Doyen For editorial information, call (605) 336-1620 Chamber News is published by the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce, 200 N . Phillips Ave , Suite 200, Sioux Falls, SD 57104 Postmaster please send address changes to: Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce 200 N Phillips Ave , Suite 200, Sioux Falls, SD 57104 Phone: (605) 336-1620 Email: gsfcc@siouxfalls com Read online or find archived issues: FIND US ON SOCIAL MEDIA OR VISIT Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce /siouxfallschamber siouxfallschamber May 2024 The 2024 Legislative Scorecard p. 21-25
annual Armed Forces Day Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 18 at The Alliance.
Building bridges through language Forward Sioux Falls invests in English language program
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Larson Eide Bailly LLP Jeff Lautt POET Tim Meagher Vanguard Hospitality Matt Paulson MarketBeat Dr. Ronald Place Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center Ryan Punt SDN Communications Jacob Quasney Lloyd Companies Nancy Savage Child’s Play Toys Vicki Stewart Employment Disability Resources Amy Stockberger Amy Stockberger Real Estate Selene Zamorano-Ochoa SD Hispanic Chamber of Commerce EX-OFFICIO Kyle Groos Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools Dean Karsky Minnehaha County Commission Tiffani Landeen Lincoln County Commission Dr. Jane Stavem Sioux Falls Public School System Mayor Paul TenHaken City of Sioux Falls CHAMBER STAFF Jeff Griffin President & CEO Jill Blom Graphics & Communications Manager Cory Buck Vice President of Finance & Accounting Jennie Doyen Vice President of Member Services Becky Griebel Administrative Assistant Brooke Hendrickx Agribusiness Manager Pat Lund Member Relations Manager Mike Lynch Program Director, Forward Sioux Falls Jaci Pieters YPN Manager Holly Rader Vice President of Member Relations Mitch Rave Vice President of Public Policy Carly Reinders Member Services Specialist Teresa Schreier Events Coordinator Susan Seachris Accounting Manager Eric Siemers Sales Manager Aaron Vlasman Public Policy Manager Chamber News @GreaterSFCC

Message from the Chair

It’s hard to believe it is already May. Spring is upon us, and with it comes the promise of another great summer in the Sioux Falls region – complete with backyard barbecues, rides on the bike trail and lots of orange cones on our streets!

Through the seasons, your Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce rarely slows down. We’ve had several great events and accomplishments recently that I’d like to highlight.

It has already been more than a month since the 2024 state legislative session concluded, and as always, your Chamber was actively involved in lobbying. VP of Public Policy Mitch Rave spent the session in Pierre carrying the Chamber’s pro-business message. A major win this year was the $10 million appropriated for airports in South Dakota, a portion of which will assist in the much-needed expansion of Sioux Falls Regional Airport. We also worked to secure funding for the quantum computing initiative at DSU and were very closely engaged in the discussions on rules surrounding carbon pipelines. This issue includes our annual Legislative Scorecard, which shows how your elected officials voted on issues important to the business community. Check it out - you might be surprised by a few of the results!

One of the Chamber’s signature programs is Leadership Sioux Falls. It introduces participants to many aspects of our community and prepares them for their roles as current and future leaders. I extend my congratulations to the graduates of Class 38. I look forward to seeing the impact you will have in the years to come.

Finally, on May 18 the Chamber will host the Armed Forces Ceremony in honor of all current members of the military. Please plan to attend and help us show our gratitude to those who serve.

As always, I am so amazed by the sheer number of volunteers that step up for the Chamber and our community. I am continually reminded that when we Work in Concert, we can secure a bright future.

Happy summer,

Thank you Premium Sponsors

Thank you to the above members for supporting the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce by being premium sponsors of the Chamber News magazine Scott Lawrence Lawrence & Schiller, Inc. 2023-24 Chair of the Board | Chamber News 5


Member Anniversaries

Congratulations to these businesses that have achieved milestone anniversaries of their Chamber membership. These milestones represent a continued commitment to building our community through their investment in the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce.

Founding Members

Builders Supply Co.

Building Materials

Member since 1938

Electric Supply Co., Inc. Electricians & Electrical Contractors

Member since 1923

Harold’s Photo Centers Photography, Sound & Video

Member since 1938

Innovative Office Solutions

Office Equipment & Supplies

Member since 1907

Thomas James and Bechtold Jewelry Jewelry

Member since 1907

80 years

Pfeifer Implement Company

Ag Equipment & Supply

75 years

Sunshine Foods

Grocery Stores

65 years

Holmes Murphy & Associates

Insurance & Benefits

55 years

Boen & Associates, Inc. Insurance & Benefits

45 years

The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society Nursing Home, Assisted & Independent Living


Industrial Equipment & Supply

Merrill Lynch First Financial Center Financial Planning

SMP Security Services, Inc. Security

40 years

McCrossan Boys Ranch Nonprofit-Children & Family

Southeastern Behavioral HealthCare

Associate Member

A complete list of Chamber members can be found in the Member Directory at

35 years

Alternative HR, LLC

Human Resources

Goodwill of the Great Plains

Associate Member

Sioux Falls SKYFORCE

Professional Sports

30 years

Farmers Insurance Group/ Karsky Agency

Insurance & Benefits

25 years

ProActive Physical Therapy

Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy

15 years

K & T Electric, Inc.

Electricians & Electrical Contractors

Principal Financial GroupRon Staebell

Insurance & Benefits

Sioux Falls State Theatre Company

Associate Member

10 years

Brady, Martz & Associates

Certified Public Accountants

Macurco Gas Detection

Electricians & Electrical Contractors

Weisser Distributing

Automotive Parts & Supplies

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5 years

AVPro Global HoldingsAVPro Edge Manufacturing & Production

Expansion Capital Group Financial Services

Hegg RealtorsMichelle T. Thompson

Affiliate-Real Estate

Pink Ladies Dart League of Sioux Falls, Inc.

Associate Member


Associate Member

Teriyaki Madness


First year reinvestors

Access Elevator and Lifts

Associate Member

House 2 Home, LLC

Real Estate-Residential

Lincoln County Republicans

Associate Member

Nelson Memorials

Funeral & Cremation Services

Presidio Components

Manufacturing & Production

New Members

These businesses and individuals have recently joined the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce. We welcome them to Chamber membership and encourage you to do the same.

Alpine Gold Exchange Investing

Bryan Jurries, (801) 770-2565 2116 S. Minnesota Ave., Suite 3, 57105

Central McGowan

Industrial Equipment & Supply

Marty Reno, (605) 800-5316 530 E. Benson Road, 57104

Color Me Mine Sioux Falls Entertainment

Karen Masloski, (605) 362-6055 3709 W. 41st St., Unit 5, 57106

Encompass Wellness

Health & Wellness

Mary Jordan (605) 740-0414

4301 W. 57th St., Suite 160, 57108

Energy Options

Public Utilities & Environment

Dawn Gruenewald, (605) 656-1692 318 N. Main St., Mitchell, 57301

Fight Like A Ninja -

Brittany Corcoran Scholarship Fund Non-Profit–Community

Angela Drake, (605) 214-3490

Fit To Be Well

Health & Wellness

Michelle Lounsbery, (605) 759-6511 1900 S. Minnesota Ave., 57108

Inspect 605

Property Inspectors

James Kurtenbach, (605) 360-3716

IRA Financial

Financial Services

Emily Thompson, (800) 472-0646 5109 S. Broadband Lane, 57108

Live Inspired 365 Health & Wellness

Chantelle Friedman 3701 W. 49th St., Suite 108, 57106

Matinee Accounting & Technologies, LLC

Certified Public Accountants

Naomi Dobson, (605) 366-0688 3321 E. 26th St,. 57103

Metro-Rural Security, LLC


Brion Kimball, (605) 323-9351

Northwestern MutualShelby McBride Affiliate-Insurance

Shelby McBride (605) 361-9788 2307 W. 57th St., Suite 200, 57108 shelby-mcbride

Osteostrong Sioux Falls East Fitness, Health & Recreation

Kathy Voss, (605) 789-6335 3620 S. Southeastern Ave., 57103

Providence Roofing & Restoration Roofing Services

Brandon Tulloh, (605) 766-3464 4020 W. Tickman St., Suite 133, 57107

Rice Companies Contractors

Christine Huston (605) 275-7300 1207 N. Carla Ave., Tea, 57064


Landscape & Garden

Chris Chase, (605) 799-6976 100 E. 6th St., 57104

SoDak Clothing/Snowbird Collective

Clothing & Shoes

Janelle Schock, (651) 336-2636 P.O. Box 928 Hill City, 57745

If you are interested in joining the Chamber, call us at (605) 336-1620. We’d love to add you to our list of members! | Chamber News 7

Chamber Event


For a current listing of all Chamber and YPN events, visit our website or read the weekly Quickly email from the Chamber. To register and pay for events, visit or


Membership Mixer

MAY 14



4:30–6:30 p.m.

LifeScape, 4100 S. Western Ave.

Expand your professional network at the May Membership Mixer. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.


Business Fair & Mixer



4:30–7 p.m.

Best Western Plus Ramkota Exhibit Hall, 3200 W. Maple St.

The annual Business Fair & Mixer combines our traditional networking event with the opportunity to view the products and services of other Chamber members. The Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome members of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the South Dakota Black Chamber of Commerce to participate as exhibitors.

Check out our social media channels for event photos and information on upcoming events!


/siouxfallschamber /siouxfallsypn

YPN Morning Buzz

7:30–9 a.m.

Sioux Falls Humane Society, 3720 E. Benson Road

Join other YPN members for networking while getting your morning (coffee) buzz. Morningminded young professionals are invited to come to enjoy coffee and conversation.

YPN Seat at the Table with Betty J. Ordal

Noon–1 p.m.

Chamber of Commerce, 200 N. Phillips Ave.

Get to know long-time Chamber fixture Betty J. Ordal at an event held in the room named after her! A Seat at the Table is reserved for YPN Members only. You must register in advance.

2024 Armed Forces Day

10 a.m.

South Dakota Military Heritage Alliance, Inc., 1600 W. Russell St.

This annual event recognizes members of the Armed Forces for their service to our country. Hosted by the Chamber’s Military & Veterans Affairs Committee.

Morning Mingle

Hosted by Stewart Title Company

7:30–9 a.m.

Stewart Title Company, 6216 S. Pinnacle Place

Start your day by making a new connection. Drop by for a cup of coffee and conversation with other members of the business community.

YPN Community Connections Tour: Viaflex

4–5 p.m.

Viaflex, 821 W. Algonquin St.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at Viaflex when you attend this Community Connections Tour. Registration is required.

Sioux Falls Young Professionals Network /siouxfallschamber /siouxfallsypn

Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce

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YPN Morning Buzz

7:30–9 a.m.

Sioux Falls Lutheran School, 6715 S. Boe Lane

Join other YPN members for networking while getting your morning (coffee) buzz. Morningminded young professionals are invited to come to enjoy coffee and conversation with other YPN members.

Agribusiness Awards Banquet

5:30–9 p.m.

Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort, 1415 Grand Falls Blvd., Larchwood, IA

Join us for our annual celebration of the people and events that have powered the Agribusiness Division throughout the past year! To RSVP, email

YPN Power Lunch

12–1 p.m.

Chick-fil-A, 4005 W. 41st St.

Research says one of the best ways to improve your productivity at work is to take a lunch break. So check out of the office (or your home office) for the noon hour and enjoy lunch with us! Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Morning Mingle

Hosted by TSP, Inc.

7:30–9 a.m.

TSP, Inc., 1112 N. West Ave.

Start your day by making a new connection. Drop by for a cup of coffee and conversation with other members of the business community.

Intro Sioux Falls

4–7 p.m.

Great Shots, 2505 W. Benson Road

An event showcasing all the things we love about our community. Learn about the various neighborhoods, activities and attractions, resources for residents, and more. Interns, new residents and life-long locals – all are welcome to come discover what Sioux Falls has to offer. Enjoy golf and appetizers while networking with other young professionals.

YPN Focus Workshop: Generational Leadership

12–1 p.m. Zoom

Join us for this virtual learning session exclusively designed for YPN Members. In this workshop, you’ll hear from YPN member Anna Jankord about generational leadership. JUN

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Visit siouxfallsevents .com and experiencesiouxfalls .com/ events for details on the events listed here and more happening in the area Planning an event? Let us help you promote it! Submit your event to siouxfallsevents .com . All events welcome – business workshops, retail events, entertainment, education and more . May 2 An Evening with Bill Nye “The Science Guy” 2 Dueling Duo at The District 2 VOA’s Rise & Shine Breakfast 2-5 Cirque Italia Water Circus at The Empire Mall 3 May Art & Wine Walk in downtown Sioux Falls 3 Sioux Falls Storm vs . Green Bay Blizzard 3 Jim Breuer at the Washington Pavilion 3-4 99th annual Howard Wood Dakota Relays 4 Falls Park Farmers Market opens for the season Community Calendar 4 The Style Show: A Runway to Empower benefitting Rare by Design 4 Homebuyer Education Class, Parts I and II 5 Sioux Falls American Legion Post 15 pancake breakfast 5 The VOW Wedding Showcase at Monick Yards 5 Atmosphere at The District 6 2024 Visitor Industry Luncheon 7 Whiskey Myers at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center 9 Startup Skills Workshop: Learn to Master LinkedIn 10 Sioux Falls Storm vs . Quad City Steamwheelers 11 Avera Race Against Cancer 11 Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Falls Park 11 Lauren Daigle: The Kaleidoscope Tour 11-12 2024 Spring Parade of Homes 15 Static-X & Sevendust at The District 16 Nate Bargatze: The Be Funny Tour 16 Gavin DeGraw at The District 16 Making Cent$ Financial Literacy at EmBe 17-19 Sioux Falls Canaries home opening weekend 18 Armed Forces Day Ceremonies at The Alliance 18 Howie Mandel at Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort 19 Sioux Falls Skedaddle 23 Sioux Falls City FC vs . Sioux City Sol 10 Chamber News | May 2024
end events 23 Blue Jeans & Bling benefitting HorsePower 23-25 SD State High School Track & Field Meet 24 Chris Stapleton: All American Road Show June 1 Health Connect’s Human Race 1 25th Anniversary Celebration at Washington Pavilion 1 An Evening with Sutton Foster at Washington Pavilion 1 Sioux Falls Storm vs . Iowa Barnstormers 1-2 23rd annual Siouxland Renaissance Festival 2 Sioux Falls American Legion Post 15 pancake breakfast 3-4 SD State Girls Class A Golf Tournament 4-6 Sioux Falls Canaries vs . Kansas City Monarchs 6 Tim McGraw: Standing Room Only 2024 Tour 7 Sioux Falls City FC vs MTA 7 Eastbank Block Party at 8th & Railroad Center 8 South Dakota Arts Conference 2024 8 Homebuyer Education Class, Parts I and II 8 Sioux Falls Pride Parade & Festival 8 27th Annual Festival of Cultures 8 Sioux Falls Storm vs . Vegas Knight Hawks 9 Trey Kennedy: Grow Up Comedy Tour at The District 11-12 STOMP at Washington Pavilion 11 Innovation, Workforce and Research Conference Dakotas 11 Chamber Business Fair & Mixer at Ramkota Exhibit Hall 13-16 The Premiere Playhouse presents: Hair 14 Pam Tillis at South Dakota Military Heritage Alliance 14 Parmalee at The District 14-16 Sioux Falls Canaries vs . Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks 14-18 Midwest Presidents Cup at Yankton Trail Park 15 Sioux Falls City FC vs Maplebrook 16 Dakota Alliance Soccer Club Father’s Day 5k 18-20 Sioux Falls Canaries vs . Chicago Dogs 18 Hy-Vee OpportUNITY Inclusive Business Summit 19 Bryan Martin at The District 20 Umphrey’s McGee 2024 Tour at The District 20 The Future is Female at Washington Pavilion 20-23 The Premiere Playhouse presents: Hair 22 Parker McCollum at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center 29 15th annual 605 Summer Classic at 8th & Railroad Center | Chamber News 11 At SDN, UPTIME is ready and waiting for your best ideas. Ideas like turning big dreams into bigger business to expand opportunities in our growing cities.
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Faces & Places

Recognition of Chamber Volunteers

The Ambassador Committee promotes the Chamber and assists in bringing new members into the organization. The Diplomat Committee works to maintain membership strength in the Chamber and provide outstanding customer service to members. Their volunteer service helps to keep the Chamber strong.

This month’s featured volunteers are April Meyerink, American Bank & Trust, nine years as an ambassador; and Darci Hustrulid, Don Dunham III Real Estate, three years as a diplomat.

The Ace Award is presented monthly to one ambassador recognizing their efforts to recruit and support new Chamber Members. Monica Huether, Peska Construction, received the ACE Award for March.

The Ambassador team of the month for March was Monica Huether, Peska Construction, and Kayla Jarchow,

The diplomat of the month for March was Nicole Garber, PREMIER

Bankcard. Event Champion honors went to Jeremy Johnson, Payroll Vault

The diplomat team of the month for March was Team Vastenhout: Captain Christy Vastenhout, McCrossan Boys Ranch; Derrick Karsky, Farmers Insurance Group/Karksy Agency; Tyrel Kool, Minnwest Bank; David Johnson, Avera Health; and Katlin Johnson, Cornerstone Caregiving

Our volunteers are a key part of how we carry out our mission. Visit to find opportunities and ways to get involved in bettering our community.

Chamber Mission

As the leading Sioux Falls area business advocate, the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce represents its members by advancing and promoting the economic health and quality of life of the region .

Jeremy Johnson Payroll Vault April Meyerink American Bank & Trust Monica Huether Peska Construction Darci Hustrulid Don Dunham III Real Estate
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Nicole Garber PREMIER Bankcard

New Faces & Promotions

Canopy by Hilton Sioux Falls Downtown appointed Hristiyana Ralinova as general manager and Richard J. Fischer as director of sales and marketing of the 216-room lifestyle property, which is expected to open in October this year. Ralinova is a hospitality veteran with nearly 20 years of experience with Hilton at D.C.-area properties. She most recently served as hotel manager for Canopy by Hilton Washington D.C. The Wharf. Ralinova is responsible for all pre-opening activities for Canopy by Hilton Sioux Falls Downtown, from recruitment to training, and will oversee all aspects of hotel operations once the property opens its doors. She holds a master’s degree in marketing and international business from the University of Economics in Bulgaria. Fischer has 25 years of experience in various sales and marketing roles throughout the Midwest. Most recently, he served as director of sales and marketing for Homewood Suites by Hilton Edina Minneapolis. Fischer will lead all strategic sales and marketing endeavors for Canopy by Hilton Sioux Falls Downtown, while supporting the hotel’s mission to provide outstanding service to guests. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Western Michigan University.

LSS named Staci Jonson as vice president of program operations. She has more than 15 years of experience working in various roles supporting children, youth and families and has served as LSS Senior Director of Children and Youth Services since 2018. Jonson’s responsibilities will include broad oversight of agency statewide services and collaboration with senior leaders and directors to ensure standards of quality service and service delivery. Jonson earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of South Dakota and a master’s degree in social work from the University of North Dakota.

LSS named Cheryl Kappenman as the new vice president of human resources. She will be responsible for oversight of all aspects of human resource operations, including strategy development for workforce recruitment and retention, policy and procedure development, compliance with state and federal regulations, continued accreditation, benefit negotiation and enrollment and payroll operations. Kappenman has more than 25 years of experience in human resources management. She is a graduate of South Dakota State University with degrees in geography and sociology and she holds certifications as Professional in Human Resources (PHR) from the Human Resources Certification Institute; Certified Professional in Human Resources (SHRM-CP) from the Society for Human Resources Management; and certified in 360 Assessment by the Center for Creative Leadership.

Michelle O’Connor is the new Executive Director of The American Advertising Federation of South Dakota (AAF-SD). She replaces Maggie Saugstad, who held the director position for four-and-a-half years. O’Connor brings more than a decade of experience in the marketing industry as a media buyer and strategist.

MarketBeat has hired two employees. Jessica Mitacek has joined as associate editor. She previously worked at private equity firms and hedge funds in the New York City area in addition to freelance writing. Amanda Kjelden has joined as office coordinator and customer service specialist. She previously worked at Dakota Fluid Power as HR coordinator.

Our members do more than follow the news. They make the news. Job promotions and hirings. New projects. New partnerships. Awards. Celebrate your employees, business accomplishments and more with Chamber News. Submit news to Share your news!

Cheryl Kappenman Michelle O’Connor Jessica Mitacek Amanda Kjelden | Chamber News 13 Faces & Places
Richard J. Fischer


After a 44-year career in banking, Evan Ingebrigtson position as SVP Market President at Cornerstone Bank lished the Sioux Falls location, growing the employee team and overseeing the construction of the bank building while caring for and building a client base. Throughout his career, Ingebrigtson served many community organizations including terms as board president for the Sioux Empire Fair, Sioux Empire Farm Show, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Habitat for Humanity. He has been recognized with numerous state and local awards including Agribusiness Citizen of the Year from the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce and Habitat for Humanity Supporter of the Year. Terry Cleberg

Ingebrigtson as SVP Market President in Sioux Falls. He has 34 years of banking experience, the last 26 of which have been in Sioux Falls.


First Dakota National Bank announced the retirement of Dan Eisenbraun (2010-2024) and Walt Carlson (2011-2024) from its board of directors. Natalie Eisenberg, CEO of Click Rain, Inc., and Bill Even, CEO of National Pork Board, have both joined as new board members. Eisenberg has spent her career building brands across the region. She has held many roles in the marketing industry, each with a strong focus on helping people and businesses discover the unique qualities that help them stand out. She also serves as co-chair of the Riverline District Committee and as a board member for Great Bear Recreation Park. Even is responsible for leading Pork Checkofffunded research, promotion and education projects on behalf of the nation’s 60,000 pork producers. He also served as the Global Industry Relations Lead and Commercial Unit Lead for DuPont Pioneer® from 2010 to 2016 and as the South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture from 2007 to 2010.

Employment Disability Resources has elected new officers to its board of directors. They are: Chair Bonnie Duffy, Duffy Appraisals; Vice Chair Vicki Nelson, Division of Rehabilitation Services; and Secretary/Treasurer Pat Herman, Center for Disabilities, Sanford School of Medicine, University of South Dakota. New members welcomed to the Board include: Laura Arnett, Flynn Wright; Mychelle Garrigan, Firelink Digital Marketing, LLC; Parker Hanson, Nelson Wealth Management; April Schulte, South Dakota Rehabilitation Center for the Blind; and Sharla Svennes, Assistant U.S. Attorney. Other board members include Dawn Ingalls, Avera; Kellie Hauglid, Cindy Van Gerpen Agency; Joel Sylvester, Five Star Call Centers; Peter Klein, Wells Fargo Bank; Molly Keegan, Active Generations; and Holly Wessels, Sanford Health

Allison Sanderson Natalie Eisenberg Bill Even
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Honors & Awards

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development presented Dean Dziedzic with its Excellence in Economic Development award during its annual conference in April. The award recognizes individuals who have excelled in economic development throughout their careers. As the vice president of economic development for the Sioux Falls Development Foundation, Dziedzic works tirelessly to build relationships with company decision-makers, connecting them with the resources they need to relocate or expand their businesses in the Sioux Falls area.

Nacha named First International Bank & Trust (FIBT) one of the Top 50 financial institution originators of ACH payments in the country in 2023. This national distinction was driven by FIBT’s payments division, Kotapay, which

processed 64 million transactions in 2023. Nacha recognized FIBT as the #41-ranked originator by volume in the nation.

Sales & Marketing Executives Inc. of Sioux Falls honored six individuals with their Women of Excellence Awards. Those chosen from 77 nominees to receive the awards were: Arin Gonseth, MarketBeat, for Excellence in Leadership; Kristin Hoefert-Redlinger, Northwestern Mutual, for Excellence in Marketing; Cindi Johnson, Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort, for Excellence in Sales; Dr. Shannon Emry, Midwest Street Medicine, for Excellence in Public Service; Melissa Dittberner, Straight Up Care, for Entrepreneurial Excellence; and Samantha Vaselaar, Sanford Health, for Supporting Excellence.

Sioux Empire United Way recognized several individual volunteers and businesses partners with awards at their annual Thank You Event in March. Individual winners include: Nathan Stallinga, DakotAbilities, Larry Oppold Memorial Award; Carol Woltjer, Family Visitation Center, Helen E. (Oppold) Blair Memorial Award; Danielle McGrath, PREMIER Bankcard, Brent Weiler Bulldog Award; Madeline Snyder, Avera, Rich Garry Rookie of the Year Award; Rich Garry, Volunteer of the Year Award; and Randy Knecht, Journey Group, David Birkeland Memorial Award. Business of the Year Awards were presented to Diamond Mowers, Sanford Health and Sioux Falls Ford Lincoln First International Bank & Trust received the Heart Club Philanthropist Award. | Chamber News 15

Be Seen

Faces & Places
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Sanford Health hosted the April Membership Mixer at The Pentagon Sanford Sports Complex President Steve Young welcomed the guests gathered on Heritage Court

Mayors from four municipalities shared the stage for a panel discussion on regional growth and development at the Chamber’s spring edition of Good Morning Sioux Falls . Mayors TenHaken (Sioux Falls), Wenck (Harrisburg), Buck (Brandon) and Voelker (Tea) answered questions on topics ranging from roads and infrastructure to parks and safety . Stacy Jones, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire, moderated the discussion and took questions from the audience . | Chamber News 17

Be Seen

Below: Nick Casiello gave YPN members a behindthe-scenes tour of Thornton Flooring’s new warehouse and showroom during a recent Community Connections Tour .
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Left: CREW Construction welcomed YPN members to their business for casual networking at the March Off the Clock .

Young professionals skipped coffee and opted to get their caffeine buzz from soda during the April Morning Buzz event, held at SoDak Soda | Chamber News 19

Be Seen

The March Morning Mingle was hosted by Oh My Cupcakes! at their location in The Bridges . More than 100 Chamber members started their day with coffee, cupcakes and networking

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Faces & Places

The 2024 Legislative Scorecard

The advocacy work done by the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce is an important benefit of membership. We serve as the voice of the business community, communicating with elected officials on issues that are important to our members. We also communicate to members the potential impact that policies may have on your business operations.

The 2024 Legislative Scorecard indicates how all 33 Sioux Falls-area legislators, plus leadership from both legislative chambers, voted on legislation that the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce (the “Chamber”) took a position on during the 2024 Legislative Session.

The bills included on the Scorecard were measures deemed important to the Sioux Falls business community based on the legislative platform set by the Chamber’s Issues Management Council (IMC) and its Board of Directors. The scorecard indicates whether or not a legislator’s vote on a bill aligned with the Chamber’s position. Only legislation that was considered by the entirety of each legislative body was recorded on the scorecard. Recorded votes correspond

to the final form of each bill that was considered by each legislative body, and the Chamber’s position on the final form of that piece of legislation.

It is important to note that this scorecard is not necessarily indicative of all legislation or issues in which the Chamber was involved during the 2024 Legislative Session. Further, this document is not intended as an evaluation of any lawmaker, but rather it is presented as a factual record of how votes were cast on select issues of importance to the Chamber, its members and the Sioux Falls business community.

Lawmakers are given the “Sioux Falls Community Champion” designation if they voted with the Chamber on 100% of the bills on this scorecard. The “Sioux Falls Supporter” designation was given to those legislators who voted with the Chamber on 80% or more of the bills. Designations are based on the 2024 voting records alone. A cumulative percentage is included to show a lawmaker’s record of voting in line with Chamber positions over time. | Chamber News 21
Cover Story

2024 Legislative Voting Record

Rep. Amber Arlint (12)

Rep. Hugh Bartles* (5)

Sen. Arch Beal (12)

Sen. Casey Crabtree* (8)

Rep. Greg Jamison (12)

Sen. Steve Kolbeck (2)

Sen. Jack Kolbeck (13)

Rep. David Kull (2)

Rep. Will Mortensen* (24)

Rep. Brian Mulder (11)

Rep. Taylor Rehfeldt (14)

Sen. Lee Schoenbeck* (5)

Sen. Jim Stalzer (11)

Rep. Tyler Tordsen (14)

Rep. Tony Venhuizen (13)

Sen. Larry Zikmund (14)

Rep. Erin Healy (10)

Rep. Kadyn Wittman (15)

Rep. Linda Duba (15)

Rep. Oren Lesmeister* (28A)

Rep. Kameron Nelson (10)

Rep. Kenneth Teunissen (9)

Sen. Jim Bolin (16)

Sen. Liz Larson (10)

Rep. Ernie Otten (6)

Sen. Herman Otten (6)

Sen. Brent Hoffman (9)

Sen. Reynold Nesiba* (15)

Rep. Randy Gross (25)

Rep. John Sjaarda (2)

Rep. Sue Peterson (13)

Rep. Kevin Jensen (16)

Rep. Chris Karr (11)

Rep. Aaron Aylward (6)

Rep. Jon Hansen (25)

Sen. Tom Pischke (25)

Rep. Karla Lems (16)

Rep. Bethany Soye (9)


22 Chamber News | May 2024 SB 144 SB 45 SB 187 SB 201 HB 1185 HB 1186 HB 1161 HB 1163 SB 49

Opposed Chamber’s position

Supported Chamber’s position Did not vote*

Note: If an elected official did not vote on an issue, the issue is not counted when tabulating the annual score. | Chamber News 23 COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS SUPPORTERS
SB 50 HJR 502 SB 53 SB 16 SB 66 HB 1012 HB 1013 HB 1015 HB 1017 Cumulative 2024 100% 100% 100% 100% 70% 100% 95% 100% 100% 100% 93% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 97% 100% 99% 100% 100% 100% 89% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 95% 100% 95% 100% 97% 94% 97% 94% 94% 94% 94% 94% 94% 94% 91% 89% 91% 83% 88% 83% 86% 83% 85% 81% 71% 78% 85% 78% 68% 56% 61% 56% 74% 53% 71% 50% 51% 50% 40% 44% 67% 44% 52% 44% 49% 39% 50% 39%

Bills included in the 2024 Legislative Scorecard

Funding for airport infrastructure: SB 144 appropriates $10 million in one-time grant funding to support airport terminal infrastructure projects and terminal improvement and expansion. Between passengers traveling for business and pleasure and freight transportation needs, a continued investment into the infrastructure of our airports is critical to future commerce and economic growth opportunities in South Dakota.

The Chamber supported SB 144. It was passed by the House (55/15) and the Senate (32/2) and was signed by the governor.

Quantum Computing Center: SB 45 appropriates $3 million in one-time funding to the South Dakota Board of Regents to establish a Center for Quantum Information Science and Technology. This supports the Board’s continued investment in the cybersecurity industry to ensure our public university system remains competitive and on the cutting edge of this continually advancing industry.

The Chamber supported SB 45. It was passed by the House (65/4) and the Senate (32/1) and signed by the governor.

Cybersecurity funding for counties and municipalities: SB 187 appropriates $7 million in one-time funding to the Office of the Attorney General to create a cybersecurity services initiative. These funds will support local county and municipal governments with their efforts to ensure the security of sensitive information and reduce their vulnerabilities to cyber-attacks.

The Chamber supported SB 187. It was passed by the House (66/4) and the Senate (28/5) and signed by the governor.

The Landowner Bill of Rights: SB 201 provides new statutory requirements that created regulatory uniformity in regard to certain linear pipeline projects, allows for counties to establish a surcharge of up to a one dollar per linear foot of carbon dioxide pipelines installed in their county, and creates rules and regulations to provide more transparency and safety for landowners in South Dakota.

SB 201 was the result of compromise and collaboration from many interested parties, and it saw much debate and amendment during session. SB 201 was supported by the Chamber. It passed the House (39/31) and Senate (24/10) and was signed by the governor.

Amend provisions regarding entry on private property: HB 1185 creates a process for landowners to be informed by companies requesting access to private land for surveying and siting projects. It also allows landowners to be compensated by that company for access to their property for said purposes.

The Chamber supported HB 1185. It passed the House (42/28) and the Senate (29/5) and was signed by the governor.

Define the requirements for granting a carbon pipeline easement: HB 1186 created easement standards for CO2 pipeline projects. It requires that all easements must be written to require an expiration date in ninety-nine years, as well as, that the easement be void if the pipeline is out of use for five years, or if the operator fails to file for permitting within five years.

The Chamber supported this legislation. It passed the House (41/29) and the Senate (24/10) and was signed by the governor.

Regulate the acceptance of a central bank digital currency: HB 1161 provides that the State of South Dakota, or any of its agencies or subdivisions, may accept a central bank digital currency for any type of payment. It also provides that a person doing business in South Dakota cannot solely accept central bank digital currency as form of payment and must offer another form of payment to a consumer.

The Chamber supported HB 1161. It passed the House (64/1) and the Senate (32/1) and was signed by the governor.

Amend provisions of the Uniform Commercial Code: HB 1163 updates the Uniform Commercial Code with provisions developed over several years by the Uniform Laws Commission and private industry. By passing this legislation, South Dakota’s commercial code will remain uniform and up to date with other states.

The Chamber supported HB 1162. It passed the House (44/21) and the Senate (27/6) and was signed by the governor.

South Dakota Men’s Penitentiary: SB 49 appropriates $236 million for the site preparation and construction of a new correctional facility for males.

The Chamber supported SB 49. It passed the House (58/11) and the Senate (27/6) and was signed by the governor.

South Dakota Women’s Penitentiary: SB 50 appropriates $23 million towards the site preparation and construction of a new correctional facility for females, to be built in Rapid City.

The Chamber supported SB 50. It was passed by the House (62/7) and the Senate (32/2) and was signed by the governor.

Water rights authorization: HJR 502 provides legislative approval for a future use water permit application by the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System. This Joint Resolution authorizes expanded water rights to Lewis & Clark Regional Water Systems for the use of continued and expanded clean water distribution in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa.

The Chamber supported HJR 502. It was passed by the House (62/7) and the Senate (28/5) and signed by the governor.

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Appropriation for eligible water and wastewater projects: SB 53 appropriates $117 million of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars in the form of grant funding to go towards water and wastewater infrastructure across the state of South Dakota. The bill contained an emergency clause, making it effective upon signature by the governor.

The Chamber supported SB 53. It passed the House (69/1) and the Senate (31/2) and was signed by the governor.

Appropriations for water and environmental purposes: SB 16 creates appropriations to fund various water resource projects in South Dakota, and also adds the Dakota Mainstem Regional Water System Study to the list of these projects.

The Chamber supported SB 16. It passed the House (64/3) and the Senate (29/2) and was signed by the governor.

Appropriation for water, wastewater and storm water projects: SB 66 appropriates $12 million towards eligible water, wastewater and storm water projects across the state. This supports ongoing and future projects to update and grow the state’s water infrastructure.

The Chamber supported SB 66. It passed the House (69/0) and the Senate (32/0) and was signed by the governor.

Adopt the interstate counseling licensure compact: HB 1012 moved South Dakota to adopt the interstate counseling licensure compact, which allows professionals licensed in other compact states to practice with more ease in South Dakota. This bill supports our state’s workforce recruitment efforts by making the licensing process for professional counselors more streamlined.

The Chamber supported HB 1012. It passed the House (52/16) and the Senate (29/2) and was signed by the governor.

Adopt the advanced practice registered nurse compact: HB 1013 moved South Dakota to adopt the interstate advanced practice registered nurse licensure compact, which allows professionals licensed in other compact states to practice with more ease in South Dakota. It supports workforce recruitment efforts by making the licensing process for registered nurses more streamlined.

The Chamber supported HB 1013. It passed the House (47/22) and the Senate (30/3) and was signed by the governor.

Adopt the social work licensure compact: HB 1015 approved South Dakota to adopt the social work licensure compact, which allows professionals licensed in other compact states to practice with more ease in South Dakota. It supports workforce recruitment efforts by making the licensing process for social workers more streamlined.

The Chamber supported HB 1015. It passed the House (51/18) and the Senate (28/3) and was signed by the governor.

Adopt the psychology interjurisdictional licensure compact: HB 1017 approved South Dakota to join the psychology interjurisdictional licensure compact, which allows professionals licensed in other compact states to practice with more ease in South Dakota. This supports workforce recruitment efforts by making the licensing process for psychologists more streamlined.

The Chamber supported HB 1017. It passed the House (50/16) and the Senate (29/2) and was signed by the governor.

Major bills not included on the Scorecard:

Repeal the sunset on the reduction of the gross receipts and use tax rates: HB 1001 would have repealed the sunset clause that was included with the sales tax reduction passed by the legislature in 2023. This bill would have made the tax reduction permanent.

The Chamber opposed HB 1001. It passed the House (54/12) and failed in the Senate Appropriations Committee (7/2).

Clarify references to the court in a condemnation proceeding: HB 1203 would have changed the processes that are currently in place during condemnation proceedings.

The Chamber opposed HB 1203. It passed the House (61/3) and failed in the Senate Commerce and Energy Committee (6/3). | Chamber News 25

Community Appeals

GREATER SIOUX FALLS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Community Appeals Scheduled Fund Drives

The purpose of the Community Appeals Committee is to qualify and provide orderly scheduling of capital fund drives to the business community .

By vetting capital fund drives, the objective of Community Appeals is to affirm the project is a sound community investment and worthy of donor consideration .

It is the intent of the Chamber to encourage every business to carefully consider such requests . However, we also acknowledge that many businesses have limited resources for capital fund drives, both in an ability to properly evaluate them and a sufficient budget to contribute . Our Community Appeals process is intended to provide our members with assurance that a Community Appeals campaign is worthy of investment .

LifeScape Hospital & School

April 1, 2024 – July 31, 2024

To construct a new campus to increase residential service capacity, specialty school capacity and outpatient services .

Butterfly House & Aquarium

Nov. 1, 2024 – March 31, 2025

To merge with the Great Plains Zoo and establish a visionary public aquarium and butterfly habitat

Forward Sioux Falls

Nov. 1, 2025 – March 31, 2026

Abbott House

April 1, 2026 – July 31, 2026

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Application period open for Community Appeals

Beginning May 1, non-profit educational and social organizations may apply for the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce Community Appeals scheduling consideration for the campaign cycle beginning November 2027. The deadline to apply is Aug. 1, 2024.

Applicants will present to the committee early this fall and the selection of the campaigns to be scheduled will be made by calendar year-end.

The Community Appeals vetting process is highly regarded to facilitate the capital campaign process for both the organizations soliciting, as well as for the businesses contributing to these causes.

The Community Appeals Committee prioritizes organizations that show an unmet need that exists within the Sioux Falls community and provide evidence that the solicitation plans have taken the private, public and business sectors of the community

into consideration when targeting available dollars for the capital campaign drive. Additionally, it is important that solid justification is provided on how the organization’s mission fulfills both a c ommunity quality of life and economic impact component.

The Chamber assists scheduled organizations to market their campaign, encourages members to contribute and provides a membership list to facilitate solicitations.

Contact Mike Lynch at or (605) 373-2008 with questions and to receive an application. | Chamber News 27

Building bridges through language

Forward Sioux Falls invests in English language program

Contributing authors: Jennie Doyen, Carey Grosdidier and USF Marketing staff

Before each new semester, Dr. Randy Nelson visits approxi mately 45 locations across Sioux Falls to hang posters promoting the Bridges English Language Program at the University of Sioux Falls. He travels to businesses, churches and places of employment known to serve immigrants and refugees and talks to people about the program’s goal of helping non-native speakers become more proficient in speaking, reading, writing and listening in English.

“I have great respect for anyone who comes from another country to advance his or her life in the United States,” said Dr. Nelson, a professor of education at USF who also serves as the director of international education and leads the Bridges Program. “Language acquisition opens the door to more employment and educational opportunities and allows people to communicate intelligence and identity. Language is a key component of our identities.”

The Bridges Program operated at Kilian Community College for years but came to a halt when the college closed in 2016.

“The loss of the program left a significant gap in community services,” said USF President Brett Bradfield, who served as chair of Kilian’s Board of Trustees at the time of the school’s closing. “There were no other programs that taught entry-level English language classes to adults, and there was a huge need for that in Sioux Falls.”

Funding the mission

USF reopened the program in 2017 with a commitment to operate it for two years. Bradfield credits Nelson for his leadership in

through Forward Sioux Falls.

“President Bradfield and I were just catching up on the highs and lows of our day-to-day work, and I shared that I was looking for new paths to connect with different population groups within Sioux Falls,” stated Griffin. “When he told me about the history and impact of the Bridges Program, I was immediately intrigued.”

The Forward Sioux Falls 2026 program, as part of its business advocacy initiative, includes dollars designated for innovative programs of excellence, specifically toward diverse populations.

“Businesses are looking for ways to grow their workforce and to connect with new populations. The Bridges Program allows potential employees to gain the language skills they need to be successful in the workplace,” said Griffin.

Jeff Griffin
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Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce

The Joint Venture Management Committee of Forward Sioux Falls invited Dr. Bradfield to present a proposal for funding the Bridges Program. In January 2024, the committee approved the request, directing $112,000 to assist in operating the Bridges Program through 2026.

“Quite simply, the financial support Bridges needs fits within the Forward Sioux Falls budget and the program aligns well with the goals set by our investors. I am confident that this partnership will help employers connect with populations outside of their tradi tional circles, to create friendships and employment opportuni ties,” Griffin said.

Making an impact

“The people who enroll in this program primarily want to improve their career prospects or further their education,” says Dr. Nelson. “We are currently teaching about 80 students per year from all over the world, and it’s exciting to be part of this mission.”

Guatemala and El Salvador. Classes are held in the mornings and evenings to accommodate busy schedules. Just one example of the program’s success is a physician who immigrated to the United States and spoke

“This physician was unable to practice medicine because she wasn’t licensed in this country, but she wanted to work in an area hospital or clinic,” explained Dr. Nelson. “Through the Bridges Program, she was able to achieve a level of fluency that allowed her to apply for a position at Avera Health, where she now works in a medical capacity.”

Dr. Nelson indicates that many highly educated people come to Sioux Falls from other countries, but the language barrier often prevents them from fully utilizing their talents in the workforce.

The cost for enrolling in the Bridges Program is $100—not enough to cover the basics but enough to help students feel like they are investing in themselves.

Visit the classroom while a Bridges course is in session, and you will see a mix of people from places like Ethiopia, South Sudan,

“Some are fleeing war, poverty or natural disasters,” he said. “In addition to helping them build a better life through improved English skills, we want to give them hope, encouragement and a fresh start. It’s incredibly rewarding to see our Bridges students thriving in the Sioux Falls community.” | Chamber News 29
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Business Fair & Mixer features three Chambers

The Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business Fair & Mixer will feature an expanded lineup of vendor booths and a longer invitation list. Members of the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the South Dakota Black Chamber of Commerce are all invited to attend and participate in this year’s event.

The collaborative event will create opportunities to foster new connections across a broader section of Sioux Falls businesses.

“As chambers of commerce, we seek to engage and include all individuals who wish to contribute to our economy and community. By partnering to host this Business Fair & Mixer, we are excited to provide a quality networking opportunity and avenue for our members to promote their businesses,” stated Jeff Griffin, President & CEO of the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce.

The Business Fair and Mixer will be held on Tuesday, June 11 from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Best Western Plus Ramkota Exhibit Hall. The annual event combines the traditional monthly Membership Mixer with the opportunity for attendees to learn about the products and services of Chamber member businesses. Guests are encouraged to visit all the business booths and expand their business network.

Business Fair & Mixer

June 11, 4:30-7 p.m. - Ramkota Exhibit Hall

A limited number of booth spaces are available to reserve on a first-come, first-served basis. Businesses must hold a membership in good standing with any one or more of the three Chambers to reserve a booth. The cost is $100. For more information on registering as an exhibitor, contact Teresa Schreier at (605) 373-2050 or

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Leadership Sioux Falls graduates 38th class

Members of the 38th class of the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce’s Evan C. Nolte Leadership Sioux Falls (LSF) program graduated on Wednesday, May 1.

Angela Lammers addressed the graduates and their guests, encouraging them to pursue excellence in their service to the community. Lammers, the founder of Cetera Services LLC, is an innovative facilitator and highly-skilled communication and management professional. She is a graduate of Leadership Sioux Falls Class 30 and a frequent program presenter.

information on community resources; to identify community issues and challenges; to interact with other community leaders; and to gain a sense of community trusteeship.

LSF class sessions are held monthly from October through May at various times and locations in the community. Session topics change over the years to mirror the current issues, challenges and opportunities in the Sioux Falls area. Core topics include economic development, public safety, human services, healthcare, education, non-profit volunteerism and quality of life issues.

The Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce has facilitated Leadership Sioux Falls as a community development program for 38 years. It is designed to meet the need for active participation of informed and dedicated community leaders. Main objectives of the program are: to inform and motivate participants by providing

The quality of the participants is the true strength of the Leadership Sioux Falls program. They represent the public and private sectors, and civic and community organizations in the Sioux Falls area. This year’s participants were selected from more than 80 applications.

Applications for the 39th class, which will begin in October, will be available at in June 2024.

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Angela Lammers Cetera Services LLC

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Brett Anderson, First Western Bank & Trust

Tanner W. Anderson, Cutler Law Firm, LLP

Laura Arnett, Flynn Wright

Jamie Baker, Marsh McLennan Agency

Hugo Barron, Sioux Empire Housing Partnership

Amber Bartels, The Glory House

Nicole Bell, Lloyd Companies

Ivonne Bellew, 605 Real Estate

Eric Bender, Journey Group Companies

Audrey Bright, Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons

Bethany Buitenbos, Chick-fil-A Empire Place

Molly W. Christianson, GreatLIFE Cares Foundation

Zach Dickson, P & M Steel Co.

Maxwell J. Donohue, Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith P.C.

Travis Entenman, Friends of the Big Sioux River

Juliana Everist, L.G. Everist, Inc.

Lexie Feterl, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire

Brooke Hendrickx, Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce

Zora Herrboldt, Christoffels Hair Restoration

Jordan Huisman, First PREMIER Bank

Dara Klatt, Lawrence & Schiller, Inc.

Raymond Leach, Augustana University

Destinie Marshall, Discovery Real Estate Co.

Mindy Merchant, Walmart

Chris Nickles, Minnwest Bank

Andrew Peschong, MarketBeat

Rainey Reynolds, Loft Advisors

Alicia Schumacher, Midco

Aaron Sherman, Macurco Inc.

Adam Smith, Century Business Products, Inc.

Justin Snyder, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center

Terry Vandrovec, Sanford Health

Rachael Weiland, Click Rain Inc.

Selene Zamorano-Ochoa, South Dakota Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Zacharia Zingmark, Hegg Companies, Inc.

Brent Zomer, Real Property Management Express | Chamber News 33

Public invited to attend Armed Forces Day ceremonies

The Military & Veterans Affairs Committee of the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce is hosting the annual Armed Forces Day program on Saturday, May 18. The program will take place at 10 a.m. at the South Dakota Military Heritage Alliance, located at 1600 W. Russell St.

President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank military members for their patriotic service in support of the country. On Aug. 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. The single day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense.

The 2024 Armed Forces Day ceremony features a keynote address from Andrea Thompson, CEO of the Dakota State Applied Research Corporation. Thompson served for over 25 years in the U.S. Army, including combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. She also served as the National Security Advisor to the Chairman, House

Armed Forces Day

Saturday, May 18 | 10 a.m. South Dakota Military Heritage Alliance

Homeland Security Committee, and the Chairman, House Foreign Affairs Committee.

The event includes a formal military program and an Avenue of Flags Ceremony. “Stars & Stripes” awards will be presented to selected Sioux Falls citizens who proudly fly the American flag year-round. Outstanding Achievement Awards will be presented to selected guardsmen/women and reservists for outstanding military achievement and commitment to their country and community.

Oath of Enlistment Ceremonies will induct South Dakota volunteers into the U.S. Armed Forces.

SDSU Metro Center planned

In an effort to support health sciences and future workforce building, Avera Health has made a generous gift to the South Dakota State University Foundation of its property at 33rd Street and Minnesota Avenue. The building will provide SDSU with a permanent home for its Sioux Falls-based programs in nursing and pharmacy.

The 44,359-square-foot building has served as Avera’s Sioux Falls Home Medical Equipment location. The SDSU College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions has leased a portion of the building since last fall. Renovation on the future SDSU Metro Center, containing the Avera health education center for these students, will begin this summer and continue through 2025.

SDSU awarded 491 degrees in the health professions in 2023, more than any other university in the Board of Regents’ system, according to the Regents’ 2024 Fact Book.

SDSU President Barry Dunn said the facility will expand SDSU’s ties to the state’s largest community. “The ability to educate and train students in a community supported so well by the healthcare industries will not only advance our academic programs but continue to play a pivotal role in meeting the workforce demands of our state and region,” said Dunn.

“We are proud to work with South Dakota State University on this space for their health science majors. Expanding and scaling our workforce is a major priority for Avera, and this collaboration will help expand capacity for SDSU,” said David Flicek, Chief

Operating Officer for Avera. “We appreciate our relationship with our education partners. This gift helps to support Avera, Sioux Falls and the entire state of South Dakota.”

University officials say more than 400 students will be educated and trained in the new facility annually. That includes more than 150 students from the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions and 240 students within the College of Nursing. Of those, 160 will be pursuing undergraduate degrees; another 80 are in the graduate program.

The new SDSU Metro Center will include classrooms, skills labs for nursing, research space for pharmacy, and simulation labs and student study areas serving all majors.

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There are a million good reasons to work out. CJ Wehrkamp and his team at Fit Body Boot Camp know this well. They also know it’s about a lot more than fitness.

Wehrkamp got his start in personal training to boost his own self-confidence and opening a fitness center was a natural extension of that desire to improve himself and help others.

Today, they offer weekly group sessions for ages and levels of all kinds, complete with nutritional and lifestyle guidance, plus a high energy workout with personalized attention.

“ As an owner, we stay very busy running the business. But the Chamber reminds us to take time to connect and make sure our business is known.”

– CJ Wehrkamp, Fit Body Boot Camp

Fit Body Boot Camp values the networking and connections they’ve made through Chamber events. As they build their own fitness community, they know the value of contributing to the community as a whole, too.
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Business Briefs

Hy-Vee’s OpportUNITY Inclusive Summit

Hy-Vee, Inc. will host its OpportUNITY Inclusive Summit in Sioux Falls on June 18. The event provides small business owners learning opportunities and resources from Hy-Vee and other local business leaders to help grow their businesses.

The OpportUNITY Inclusive Summit will include a business expo, breakout sessions led by industry experts, one-on-one mentoring sessions and a live pitch competition. It is free to attend and open to the public.

The Business Expo features resources and networking opportunities tailored for small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. Breakout session topics include navigating access to capital, building strong networks and alliances, boosting your business marketing and overcoming regulatory hurdles.

The live pitch competition portion of the Summit is open to minority- and women-owned businesses. Fifteen finalists will be selected to compete for up to $50,000 in cash prizes to use for their business. Those interested in participating in the pitch competition must apply by May 19, 2024 at

Community groups, area businesses, entrepreneurs and professionals supporting or networking with small businesses are welcome to attend the Hy-Vee OpportUNITY Inclusive Business Summit on Tuesday, June 18, from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

JLG Expansion

JLG Architects has completed an office renovation and expansion to accommodate the employee-owned firm’s growth within Sioux Falls and throughout the state. Since 2016, JLG’s Sioux Falls team has leased a space at 232 South Main Avenue. With unprecedented growth, the firm acquired an additional space next door at 230 South Main Avenue, which has doubled their office to 8,200 square feet.

“Our 10-year plan was to create a dozen new careers in Sioux Falls. We started with five employee owners in 2016, and today, our Sioux Falls office is home to 24,” said Catherine Dekkenga, AIA, Principal Architect, JLG Architects. “We are thrilled to see this kind of positive growth for Sioux Falls and JLG.”

JLG’s new space features a new configuration with five conference rooms, additional restrooms and breakrooms, desk workstations and a variety of comfortable, non-traditional workstation options. The new office also enhances its partnership with Rehfeld’s Art & Framing, a Sioux Falls gallery that displays regional artist collections on JLG’s workplace walls.

“We design for workplace well-being, and it’s important that we practice what we preach,“ said Dekkenga. “Like many offices, our employee-owners want options – this includes having the ability to work from a desk or work informally from an adaptable armchair, lounge area, collaborative space, or individual workspace.”

Giving United

The Sioux Empire United Way (SEUW) proudly raised $8,989,421 through its 2024 campaign. This reflects 95% of the annual campaign fundraising goal. SEUW will still be able to fully fund the 75 funded programs, as originally outlined.

“In 2023, we had programs that did not utilize their full funding award. With our commitment to ensuring every dollar raised is going to support the identified needs of the community, we are happy to be able to put those unused funds to good use in 2024,” stated Chief Operations Officer Christina Riss.

While SEUW is grateful to be able to support the needs in 2024, this year’s fundraising shortfall does not go unnoticed. United Ways across the country, who have historically depended heavily on giving through workplace campaigns, have been largely impacted by the changing landscape of workplace giving. Like many other businesses, other outside factors, like an unsteady economy and inflation, have proven to be a challenge in recent years and have resulted in a decrease in the total number of givers.

SEUW has been able to sustain their fundraising through larger individual gifts and one-time corporate gifts. Knowing this isn’t a consistent model for the future, SEUW Board of Directors leadership and staff have worked diligently to identify the strategic pillars that will help guide them into the future.

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Economic Indicators

Tracking trends in business is just one way that the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce is looking out for our members. Sioux Falls is a great place to do business, in part because of its diverse economy. Check here for economic indicators that help show growth and development. Sioux Falls Region Housing Overview March 2024 Source: RASE (Realtor Association of the Sioux Empire)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Note: figures represent Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA), not just city; rates are not seasonally-adjusted

0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 400 $376 3 million $275 1 million $270 3 million $169 7 million $159 0 million $74 4 million 0 4 8 12 16 0 300 600 900 1200 1500 City of Sioux Falls Building Permit Data March 2024 - cumulative year to date City of Sioux Falls Total Construction Value March 2024 - cumulative year to date Regional
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Sioux Falls Rapid City Fargo Minneapolis/ St. Paul Rochester Des Moines Omaha Total Construction Value New Non-Residential Construction Value (in millions) Source: City of Sioux Falls Source: City of Sioux Falls 2022 2023 2024 Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture Agriculture Trends February 2024 February January February 2023 2024 2024 Soybeans (per bushel) U S South Dakota Corn (per bushel) U S South Dakota $6.80 $6.75 $4.74 $4.08 $4.36 $14.90 $15.10 $11.90 $12.40 $12.80 $11.60 Lincoln Bismarck Cedar Rapids 1,320 permits 964 permits 1,057 permits 2022 2023 2024 $4.42 2.6% 2.7% 2.6% 3.2% 2.6% 2.5% 3.3% 3.0% 4.3% 3.1%
New Listings 548 Days on Market Until Sale 89 Median Sales Price $312,000 Inventory of Homes for Sale 1,350 | Chamber News 37 Economic Indicators

Ribbon Cuttings

Ribbon Cuttings

The Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce offers a ribbon cutting ceremony or member spotlight video for members to celebrate joining the Chamber, milestone anniversaries, expansions or remodels. The public and all Chamber members are invited to share in the celebration. Call (605) 336-1620 for more information or to schedule your event.

4Front Studios

114 S . Main Ave ., Suite 220

4Front Studios specializes in creating visual content tailored for businesses. Their new location triples the production space to meet the needs of their clients. L to R: Cindy SchoppertPickett, Laycee Kluin, Vince Danh (co-owner), Jeff Pickett (co-owner), April Meyerink, Vicki Stewart, Karlie Solum and Rachel Dewey.

Community Action for Veterans

1700 W Russell St

Community Action for Veterans is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing communities of care for veteran and military families living in South Dakota. L to R: Kyla Peterson, Sandy Case, Janet Brekke (board president), Jill Baker (executive director), Vicki Stewart, April Schulte, Jennifer Hoesing and retired Col. Bob Black.

Cota Coaching & Consulting

401 E . 8th St ., Suite 226

Cota Coaching & Consulting helps you identify your hiring needs, locate top talent to fill those roles and create a retention-focused culture where your team can thrive and reach their full potential. L to R: Erin Ellingson, Amy O’Connor-Hoback, Tamien Dysart, Christina Cota (founder), Ryan Donovan, April Schulte and Lauren Tahirovic.

Dairy Queen Grill & Chill

1710 N . Cavalier Ave .

Dairy Queen Grill & Chill’s passion drives them to provide an escape from the ordinary, with a place to enjoy life’s everyday celebrations. They welcome all to come experience everyday magic at Dairy Queen. L to R: Hannah Fleming, Shay Kinsley (director of operations), Craig Fischer, Jennifer Hoesing, Cindi Johnson, Lisa Christion (store manager), Mike Rogers, Angie Rivers and Autumn Farmer.

New Member
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New Location New Member

Rock Star VoIP

3600 W . Westport Ave ., Suite 110

Rock Star VoIP is a full-service telephone company that provides phone systems, ports phone numbers and issues new numbers to your platform. They customize phone services for every business with auto attendants, company directories, routing to cell phones and more.

L to R: Kenny Hartzell, Alissa Matt, Tim Meagher, Jason Seel (CEO/president), Kayla Jarchow, Katlin Johnson and Travis Saxer.

Serendipity Studio Gallery & Gifts

230 S . Phillips Ave ., Suite 204

Serendipity Studio Gallery & Gifts offers a unique gallery experience featuring works of local, regional and national artists. They showcase a wide range of artwork in rotational exhibits as well as static displays. L to R: Angie Lenartson, Rhonda Duerksen, Matt Paulson, Jason Pfitzer (owner), Parker Hanson, April Meyerink, Laycee Kluin and Tiffany Pfitzer.

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Sioux Empire TNR Coalition

Sioux Empire TNR Coalition works with volunteers, local government officials and animal rescues to utilize humane population control of unaltered, free-roaming, feral and/or abandoned domestic cats in the area through education and the use of Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR). L to R:

Brian Gochal, Vicki Stewart, Nichelle Lund, Mat Tougas (president), Mychelle Garrigan, Lynda Billars and Heather Swanson.

Southeast Technical College

2329 N . Career Ave .

Southeast Technical College celebrated the opening of their Healthcare Simulation Center. This expansion is instrumental in creating a highly skilled healthcare workforce for Sioux Falls and the region. The 40,000 sq. ft. facility features top-notch, industry relevant tools and technology, allowing students the opportunity to learn in trueto-life settings with a focus on patient-centered care. L to R: Jaci Kramer, David Herbster, Benjamin Valdez, Dave Flicek, Mayor Paul TenHaken, Matt Paulson, Bob Griggs (president), Kurt Brost, Dana Dykhouse, Katlin Johnson, Jay Soukup, Kristin Possehl, Alissa Matt and Dr. Deb Letcher. | Chamber News 41
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5 Mindy Merchant

Mindy Merchant has worked for Walmart for 25 years and is currently an Academy Coach. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business management and leadership from Bellevue University. As a member of Leadership Sioux Falls class 38, Mindy enjoyed the opportunity to connect with people and organizations that are impacting our community. She volunteers as a mentor with Teammates Mentoring of Sioux Falls and spends her spare time traveling, reading, listening to music or hanging out with family.

Why does Walmart choose to invest in a Chamber membership?

Chamber membership is the right thing to do. To me, it signifies that our facilities are rooted in the community in which our associates live and work and that we are proud to be a part of the Sioux Falls business community.

How did you choose your career?

I chose my career by accident. Growing up, I wanted to be an attorney. When I began working for the company in college, I fell in love with retail. The interactions with associates and customers, the constant changes and the day-today experiences you encounter make for a rewarding career.

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What is the best piece of advice you have received?

Get comfortable being uncomfortable. Step outside of your comfort zone and try new things (whether that is food, meeting new people, trying new activities). You will never know if you like something unless you try.

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What is something you are optimistic about?

I am optimistic about the future of our community and the role which our youth will play in that. In the business community, you get the chance to see all the great things happening. In addition, having the experience of mentoring in the school district has allowed me to interact with the young people of today. They are excited for their chance to take on the world!

What is your favorite way to spend a day off in Sioux Falls?

Breakfast at The Original Pancake House, shopping with my niece followed by a walk through Falls Park. Dinner at one of the amazing restaurants downtown and a concert at the PREMIER Center.

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Mindy Merchant, Walmart
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