JUNE 4, 2018 - VOL. 54 No. 8

Chair's Column
New Members
Member Anniversaries
Cover Story
Other News
Faces & Places
Ribbon Cuttings
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Cover Story


The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce's Annual Guide to Sioux Falls Area Legislators
Advocacy is a vital component of your Chamber membership. Decisions made by elected officials frequently and directly affect the way business is conducted. The process by which the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce arrives at the issues that receive the most attention is methodical and involves great commitment among several committees and councils within the Chamber.

Providing the membership with essential information on the legislative process is a crucial element in fulfilling the Chamber's advocacy objectives. This process begins each year with the development of the Issues Management Council-led Issues & Advocacy Survey, which was distributed to a random sampling of members in late November. Survey results aide in the development and refinement of policy statements and the Chamber's platform, which are subsequently approved by the Issues Management Council and Board of Directors and ultimately guide the lobbying initiatives in Pierre. Both groups will approve the policy statements and platform in December; these documents will be published on in December and in the January edition of the Chamber News magazine. Public Affairs & Communications Director Mark Lee lobbies full-time on Chamber members' behalf and the Chamber also retains a part-time lobbyist to represent the business interests within the Sioux Falls area...Read More.

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Chair's Column

Paul BruflatAdvocacy serves as one of the Chamber's greatest strengths
Advocacy is similar to insurance. You might think you don't need it, but when an emergency happens or you need expert help, you'll be grateful you have it.

My apologies to those who aren't in the insurance and bond industry, because I know I'm biased, but having a back-up plan or guarantee that someone is looking out for you is priceless. The Chamber's advocacy program works to ensure our strong business climate continues and that we are able to enhance our quality of life. This issue of Chamber News shares a number of ways we put our advocacy actions into practice, particularly at the state level during the legislative session.

To share a broad overview, we are active at all levels of government. Our Chamber attends every Sioux Falls School Board meeting, Minnehaha County Commission meeting and Sioux Falls City Council meeting. In addition, we lobby at the state legislature and are in Pierre for the duration of the session. We also follow federal issues and communicate with our Congressional delegation on those issues that affect our region...Read More.

Other News

Forward Sioux Falls 2021 campaign underway

Advocacy in Pierre: The 2016 Session

Use your membership to volunteer at the short-term opportunities

Promote your business through the Chamber

Advertise in detailed city map

New Chamber Members

Join the Chamber of Commerce

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