JUNE 4, 2018 - VOL. 54 No. 8

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Chair´s Column

Message from the Chair

By Steve Van Buskirk
2017-18 Chair of the Board

Steve Van Buskirk
Steve Van Buskirk
2017-18 Chair of the Board

Growing our community and improving our quality of life is a constant opportunity and challenge. I am encouraged by the news I've seen this spring about a variety of partnerships, projects and initiatives that keep us moving forward. Major milestones have been achieved by our city, Foundation Park and large employers in our community. I'm especially proud of the contributions of Chamber members working to make life better in Sioux Falls.

One week after the long winter finally melted away, a special groundbreaking occurred at Falls Park North for Levitt at the Falls. This event venue will be operational in 2019 and it will provide up to fifty free concerts a year performed by professional musicians from around the country. Levitt at the Falls will be a place for our community to gather, relax and strengthen our community bonds as we enjoy music together. Not only is this a great addition to our city's cultural opportunities, it is also the fulfillment of the long-anticipated Phillips to the Falls project started so many years ago. This project was possible in part thanks to the support and generosity of our community. More than $1.1 million was raised through the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Community Appeals campaign.

A few days later, at the opposite end of Falls Park, the Chamber participated in a celebration marking the successful completion of a Community Appeal for the Stockyard Ag Experience Plaza. The Sioux Falls Stockyards is part of our history and agriculture is the backbone of South Dakota's economy. Now, with support from our Chamber members and generous donors across the state, we will have an attraction along Weber Avenue that will serve as a first-class entrance to the park, full of interactive displays that will demonstrate the importance of agriculture to our community.

Two projects with divergent goals, at two ends of our city's namesake park. Two more successful Chamber Community Appeals campaigns. And two more reasons to be proud of your fellow Chamber members.

Quality of life is an important part of Sioux Falls' ability to attract and retain a strong workforce. We want to create a community where our children want to stay (or return to) and raise their own families. Quality of life is not a one-time box that you can check—it requires intentional, ongoing effort to make our city a better place to live and work.

And the good news is that the investments we make in quality of life projects not only benefit our citizens directly, they also attract visitors to our community, which helps strengthen our economy.

Thank you for your financial investment in your Chamber membership and your contributions to Community Appeals campaigns. Your commitments impact your community and can help your business grow.

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