JULY 3, 2017 - VOL. 53 No. 10

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A meandering road to a nonmeandered waters solution

On June 12 the State Legislature met in a special session and passed HB 1001. The Governor signed the bill. In this article, we'll trace the history of the issue of nonmeandered waters and outline some specifics in the compromise legislation. Be warned, however, that HB 1001 includes a sunset clause for June 30, 2018 meaning the 2018 Legislature will need to address the issue at some level. Also, this is a highly technical issue and somewhat difficult to explain. . .

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FSD: The Airport of Choice in the Region

The Sioux Falls Regional Airport (FSD) has seen exceptional progress over the past several years. Both business and pleasure travelers alike are utilizing FSD with more frequency as their airport of choice.

In 2016, FSD experienced a record year for passenger enplanements (510,487), the sixth consecutive year of record traffic. Additionally, FSD surpassed the one million traveler mark last year, which was 5.3 percent higher than in 2015. In 2017, the trend has continued as FSD has seen a 3.4 percent increase in travelers through the first five months of the year.

A decade ago, the leakage rate (the number of area travelers who choose to drive to other airports within the region) was fairly significant; however, this trend has shifted dramatically. The most recent data from year-end 2015. . .

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Applications open this month for next Leadership Sioux Falls class

The Evan C. Nolte Leadership Sioux Falls program will accept applicants for its 32nd class beginning July 10 through August 16. The signature leadership program of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce has graduated more than 900 people since its launch in 1986.

Leadership Sioux Falls (LSF) identifies current and future leaders of Sioux Falls and educates them on the different aspects that tie the community together, with the intention of inspiring program participants to take action to make a positive impact on the future of Sioux Falls. The program is built around providing educational experiences; thereby helping participants identify ways they can serve and engage in active citizenship of this community in alignment with their individual strengths, talents and purpose. . .

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Zeal Growth Accelerator accepts four start-ups

The Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship has chosen four companies to participate in its Zeal Growth Accelerator, which launches June 29.

A panel of Zeal's partners heard pitches from seven early-stage companies and chose Bravo Youth Sports, Gravana 605, Jobiki and Well 365 for this year's accelerator. These four companies will participate in a 12-week intensive program including a one-day kickoff event and five semi-weekly sessions. The objective of the program is for each participant to develop a strategic, scalable plan to grow revenue and/or increase capacity. Successful completion of the program will culminate to a presentation pitch to potential investors and/or banks to secure funding for the strategy developed during the Growth Accelerator program. . .

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