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August Newsletter from your Pierre Area Chamber

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August, 2021 Newsletter
Promoting prosperity, growth, and our way of life in the lower Oahe region.

Hello [First Name],


This is the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce, Pierre Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Pierre Economic Development Corporation's August 2021 E-Newsletter.


Take a few moments to enjoy an update from the Chamber as we promote prosperity, growth, and our way of life in the lower Oahe region.


-Your Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce Staff

CEO's Report
Sara Rankin, Chief Executive Officer

Wow! Summer has flown by, and I cannot believe we are already entering into August. It has been over a month since I have stepped into my position here at the Chamber, and I find myself wondering where those days have gone.


I am both honored and humbled to serve at the CEO of such an outstanding organization, and I am excited to see what the future holds. It did not take me long to realize that the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce staff and our members, are top notch!


Our mission is to promote, serve and advocate for our membership to succeed today and prepare for tomorrow, and we hope we are doing exactly that! As a member I encourage you to utilize our extensive platform of tools that the Chamber offers to you and your business. These resources available assist you in elevating your businesses exposure in the community. Get the most out of your membership by attending Chamber events, volunteering on a committee or reaching out to Chamber staff. I know I speak for our entire team when I say, our doors are always open, and we want to hear your thoughts, concerns and ideas. We are here to support you! We at the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce will continue to work diligently at keeping an open dialogue with our members, to offer services that our members value and to provide fresh perspective to help your businesses grow and our community thrive.


I look forward to working with each and every one of you to continue making the Pierre area a great place to live, work and play!

5 Types of Storytelling for Your Business
Chamber Blog Post
Pierre Mayor Steve Harding's Report

Often when it’s time for me to write a column for the Chamber, I have a solitary city issue to discuss. But, it’s been a busy summer! There are a lot updates you might be interested in. Let’s start with construction.



We have two major street projects underway. We have started to rebuild Airport Road from Lowell Avenue to just east of the airport terminal entrance. That means, to get to the Pierre Airport or the other businesses located near the airport, you’ll need to use the Elizabeth Street detour.


Highland Avenue is also under construction. It’s getting rebuilt from the just north of the Wynoka Street intersection to Second Street. This is a complete rebuild of the street including new underground water main.


Morris, Inc. has the contract on both jobs. The construction schedule has them both wrapping up this fall.



I receive quite a few questions about air service to and from central South Dakota. I’m pleased to report we now have four roundtrip flights most days between Pierre and Denver International Airport. You can book with Denver Air Connection or SkyWest via united.com.


If your full itinerary is with United, your bags will check through to your final destination whether you book with Denver Air or SkyWest Airlines. If your itinerary includes other air carriers, like Delta or American, you may need to recheck your bags if you book through Denver Air. If you book through SkyWest, you shouldn’t need to recheck bags for connecting flights.



The city has bid the earth work portion of the outdoor pool project. We anticipate the earthwork can be completed this fall allowing the construction of the structure to begin this coming spring.


The earthwork contractor will remove the bad soil that exists at the site and replace it with soil suitable for the project. Our goal is for the settlement from the new material to happen during the winter months allowing the construction of the structure to begin this coming spring.


Throughout the process, you can expect the pool site to take on a very different profile. We’ll be excavating about 15,000 yards of bad soil and bringing in about 20,000 yards of new soil. That will elevate the pool out of the water table.


We expect the project to be complete next year and open in time for the 2023 swim season.



ARPA refers to the second round of corona virus funding provided by the federal government. Pierre’s allocation is about $2.5 million. We haven’t yet received the money, and there are restrictions on what we can do with it. We plan to use the funding for eligible water and wastewater infrastructure projects. Once the details are worked out, we’ll provide more specifics.



The City of Pierre is considering implementing a residential rental program to register, license, and inspect rental housing units. The goal is to protect the life, health, and safety of those living in residential rental units. 


We held a series of informational meetings to help explain the plan to stakeholders. Through the course of that process, we received quite a bit of feedback and continue to hear more. We’re in the process of reviewing the input and expect to bring an updated ordinance back to the commission this fall.  


For more information about the rental licensing and inspection program, as well as other city activities, visit cityofpierre.org.

Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson's Report
Jim Protexter, COO
Capital City Economy
CVB Report
Tia Kafka, Convention & Visitors Bureau Director
Membership Report
Katie Johnson, Membership Director
New Members

Dacotah Territory International Visitor Program

4702 Baldwin St.

Rapid City, SD 57702





We provide professional programming for delegates from the US State Department, the Open World Program, and the Eisenhower Fellowship.

Leonard Management McDonald's

610 W Sioux Ave.

Pierre, SD 57501


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Leonard Management is family owned and operates McDonald's franchises located in Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota and Minnesota. Leonard Management takes pride in its people and diverse workforce.

Member Highlights
South Dakota Missouri River Tourism Report
Karen Kern, Executive Director
Chamber Events & Reminders

Ribbon Cuttings, Open Houses and Ground Breaking Ceremonies


The South Dakota Discovery Center recently celebrated the grand opening of their newest addition to Discovery Town, Grandma Kay's Wee Care. The new exhibit is based on health careers, and offers kids learning opportunities in the health profession through a real woman of STEM. The newborn nursery was built through a memorial honoring Kay Parker.

Summer Business After Hours


The Chamber held a well-attended Summer Business After Hours on Thursday, June 22 at The St. Charles Lounge. Co-hosts included Farm Credit Services of America, the Oahe Family YMCA, Wílde Präríe Rose Boutique, Aflac and Capital Area United Way. Beck Motor Company graciously offered hotdogs for a free will donation to United Way. The event participants and attendees enjoyed getting back to building relationships in person after a long year of limited contact.


The next Business After Hours will be on Tuesday, September 21 at the Silver Spur in Fort Pierre. If you would like to participate in a future Business After Hours, contact Katie via email or call 605.224.7361.

Get Involved

August 2021 Calendar of Events

2021 Chamber Board of Directors


Executive Board

Thomas Allerdings - President, ClubHouse Hotel & Suites

Aaron Fabel - Vice President, Oahe Family YMCA

Jodie Anderson - Secretary, Strategic Association Services

Melissa Puepke - Treasurer, First Dakota National Bank

Meredith Lee - Past President, Lee Real Estate

Board Members

Kellie Yackley
Avera St. Mary's

Keil Wendelshafer

Jessica Mefferd
Mefferd Agency - Farmers Union Insurance

Steve Bass
Delta Dental of South Dakota

Scott Neu

Reinke Gray Wealth Management

Chris McConnell
Black Hills Federal Credit Union

Jaymason Bramblee
Oahe Federal Credit Union

Stephen Webb
Gateway Ford, Lincoln & Toyota

Angie Bollweg
Sanford Health

Ex-Officio Members

Andy Hubbart, PEDCO Chairman

Pierre Mayor Steve Harding

Ft. Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson




Pierre Area

Chamber Staff


Sara Rankin

Chief Executive Officer


Katie Johnson

Membership Director


Tia Kafka

CVB Director


Mallory Gordon

Events & Communications Director


Alicia Fabel

Administrative Assistant

Pierre Economic Development Corporation

2021 Investor List


Thank you to the following businesses, organizations and individuals who are supporting economic development in Central South Dakota through their PEDCO membership investment.
Platinum Investors - $1000

Avera St. Mary's/Avera Medical Group


First National Bank

Montana-Dakota Utilities


Gold Investors - $600

A-G-E Corporation

American Bank & Trust

Beck Motor Company

Brosz Engineering Inc.

First Dakota National Bank

Midwest Development Inc.

SD Intrastate Pipeline Co.


Silver Investors - $300

Allied Plumbing and Heating Inc.

American Medical Response

Anderson Nill & Associates Inc.

Bartlett & Weaver Eye Clinic

Dairy Queen

Dakota Prairie Bank

Delta Dental

Fischer Rounds & Associates Inc.

Nystrom Electrical Contracting Inc.

Robins Water Conditioning Inc.

Stulken Petersen Lingle Walti & Jones LLP


Bronze Investors - $150

Acorn Trust Company, AmericInn Hotel & Suites, Anderson Contractors Inc., Anderson Dentistry, Angel’s Salon, BPRO Inc., Black Hills Federal Credit Union, Branding Iron Bistro, Butler Machinery Co., Central Dakota Eyecare LLP, Chandlers Inc., Chase Auto & RV, Clausen & Rice Inc, Clubhouse Hotel & Suites,  CommTech, Cone Ag Inc., Country Carpet & Flooring, Cowboy Country Stores, DJ’s Convenience Store, Dakota Radio Group KGFX – KPLO – River 92.7 – 1001.1 The Eagle, Dakota Storm Roofing, Rick Dockter/Ameriprise Financial, Drifters Bar & Grille, East Pierre Landscape & Garden Center, Envirotech, Feigum Funeral Home, Ferding Electric Inc., Floss Dentistry, Fort Pierre Development Corporation, Fort Pierre Livestock Auction, Foster Rentals, Friman Oil & Gas Inc., Governor’s Inn, Halverson Hunts LLC, Hughes County Abstract, Ingram Pest Service, Isburg Funeral Chapels, Jake’s Goodtimes Place, Jerome Beverage Inc., Korner Grocery, Krueger Contracting Inc., La Minestra, Lee Real Estate, Leingang Home Center, Mad Mary’s Steakhouse & Saloon, May Adam Gerdes & Thompson LLP, McDonald’s, MicroFix Inc., Midcontinent Communications, Midwest Cooperative, Missouri River Dentistry, Moreno Bachand Hruska & Scheibe PC, Morris Inc., Mustang Aviation, Nagel Agency Inc., Northridge Plaza, Northwest Pipe Fittings Inc., Oahe Electric Cooperative, Oahe Federal Credit Union, Oahe Home Builders Association, Oahe Veterinary Clinic, Olinger Law Firm, Olson Plumbing Inc., Palmer Currier & Hoffert LLP, Peitz Heating & Cooling, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company, Pergroup, Perkins Restaurant, Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce, Pierre Sports Center, Pizza Ranch, Puetz Corporation, Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center, Reinke Gray Wealth Management, Richie Z’s Brickhouse BBQ, Riter Rogers Wattier & Northrup LLP, Runnings, South Dakota Community Foundation, SDN Communications, Servall Uniform & Linen Supply, Slumberland Furniture, Smith Plumbing, S.D. Electric Utility Companies, State 123 Theatre, State Farm Insurance – Becki Potrzeba, Sunnyside Daycare LLC, Thielen Surveying & Mapping, Titan Machinery Inc., TMA of Pierre, US Bank, Wheelhouse Plumbing, Willard & Associates Inc., Willow Creek Wildlife, WW Tire Service, Zach Clark Insurance Inc.


Individual & Non-Profit Investors $60

Capital City Campus, Charles P. Schroyer, S.D. Bankers Association, S.D. Chamber of Commerce & Industry, S.D. Discovery Center, Rev. Jon B. Urbach

2021 PEDCO Board of Directors


Executive Board


Andy Hubbart - Chairman,


Mark Anderson - Secretary,
Self Employed

Kim Easland - Treasurer,
American Bank & Trust

Trustee - Doug Abraham
May, Adam, Gerdes, Thompson Law Firm

Trustee - Rick Dockter
Ameriprise Financial

Trustee - Ron Wagner
First National Bank


Trustee - Gordon Woods
SD Intrastate Pipeline

Karl Richards
Avera Medical Associates Clinic

Prakash Saripalli
My3Tech, 1 Stop Travel

Dawn Morris
Morris Inc.

Zach Clark
Clark Insurance

Damon Wheelhouse
Allied Plumbing & Heating

Liaisons - Annual Appointment

Thomas Allerdings
Chamber of Commerce

Jamie Huizenga
Pierre City Commission

Kim Olson
Area Director of Sen. Mike Rounds

Kristi Honeywell
Pierre City Administrator

Tom Rounds

Hughes County Commission


Jim Protexter
Chief Operating Officer

Alicia Fabel
Administrative Asst.

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