Keith Severson, Eide Bailly LLP
Sioux Falls is ending 2013 on a number of high notes: Building permits for this year are setting records well above a half-billion dollars. Our population keeps growing. Sales tax collections are up. 2012 was a record year for enplanements at the Sioux Falls Regional Airport and 2013 is on tap to break that record. All are signs of growth and a healthy economy, both now and for our future.
Growth and success in the community also means growth and success for our Chamber of Commerce, too. In the past year, we had a sold out Annual Meeting in October with Miami Heat President Pat Riley as our keynote speaker and we remodeled our office space, which allowed our staff to be more efficient. Our Young Professionals Network continues to grow and in August hosted the Crossroads Summit, a one-day personal and professional development conference. Most recently, we completed our annual Fall Membership Drive and welcomed more than 80 new members.
Chambers of commerce are places of celebration and our community is no exception. We continue to have members celebrating anniversary milestones and joining the Chamber, which means lots of ribbon cuttings — more than 170 this past year alone. In January 2013, our Chamber-sponsored Sioux Empire Farm Show turned 60 and we’re gearing up for the 61st annual event next month. Our Convention & Visitors Bureau turns 40 this month.
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