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DEC. 1, 2017 - VOL. 54 No. 3

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Cover Story

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Outdoor recreation drives tourism in the Heart of America

Across the country, May marks the start of the peak tourism season. Travel and tourism is one of America's largest industries - a $2.1 trillion economic driver. In fact, one out of every nine jobs in the U.S. depends on the travel and tourism industry. It is no different in South Dakota where travel related spending hit $2.8 billion in 2015.

In South Dakota, outdoor activities are a driving force in the tourism industry. According to a recent report from the Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), outdoor and wildlife associated recreation contributes $1.3 billion annually to the South Dakota economy. GFP department secretary Kelly Hepler said, "Those who participate in these activities create a significant economic engine. . .

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Chair's Column

Dave Kapaska Message from the Chair

I'm always surprised when I hear someone say the Chamber mainly promotes business.

Certainly we do work very hard to boost the fortunes of our 2,200 member businesses and the 85,000 employees they represent. And what a privilege it is to devote ourselves to that goal!

But that doesn't even begin to cover the myriad of things your Chamber does - and does extremely well. In fact, I'd say the idea that guides virtually all Chamber functions is to help make Sioux Falls a richer, better place to live, work and grow. I'm reminded, in this issue of Chamber News, of all the ways we serve that vital mission. And I very much hope you will spend some time reading the articles that point to our vigorous leadership across multiple fronts. . .

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