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September Newsletter from your Pierre Area Chamber

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September, 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 September 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

President's Report
Thomas Allerdings, Chamber Board President

One year ago, I could sit in my office and go hours without getting a single phone call or seeing another person. It felt like the world had pushed pause. What a change a year can make. As I sit here looking out my window at the construction of the new bridge, I can clearly see the changes Pierre is making for the better for residents and visitors alike.


In 2021, the South Dakota hospitality industry has seen record numbers in travelers over the summer. What does this mean for our communities? Our local shops are being visited, gas stations are being utilized, and our amazing restaurants are back in full swing. Please extend grace to area businesses; most are still working around product and employee shortages and are doing their best under the circumstances.


Getting to represent the ClubHouse, as well as the Pierre area community as whole, my favorite question from our guests is, “where should we go eat?” With my rebuttal of “what are you hungry for?” People are amazed that our community has such a variety of choices, most of which are locally owned. We all have our favorites in town, but that’s the beauty of Pierre. There is something for everyone!


While most communities around the state are beginning to see their peak tourism season wind down, Pierre is just about ready to welcome our two busiest months for travelers. Get ready to roll out the orange carpet for Rooster Rush in the Pierre area and show visitors what our Midwest hospitality and great outdoors are all about.


I am so proud to call Pierre home and to represent the community of Pierre and Fort Pierre. I hope each of you have gotten to enjoy the beautiful summer Pierre has seen this year.

Don't Open a Business Before Answering These Questions
Chamber Blog Post
Pierre Mayor Steve Harding's Report

A couple of months ago, my chamber column talked about medical marijuana rules being a bit hazy. I’m happy to say that fog is clearing, and the city is moving forward with ordinances to regulate medical marijuana growth, manufacturing, testing and sales within city limits.


We have introduced three separate ordinances to handle the issue –one for facilities within city limits, one for facilities within the extra-territorial area, and one for licensing. We held the first reading for all three at the Aug.


17 city commission meeting. All three will be back in front of the commission on Aug. 31.


Here's what the draft ordinances say.


Within city limits, there can be up to three medical marijuana dispensaries. That means there can be three retail sales outlets. Consistent with state law, the outlets are not allowed to be within 1,000 feet of any school, public or private, accredited by the state. Each of those dispensaries can operate from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. any day of the week.


Within city limits, we will also allow one testing lab, one cultivation facility, and one manufacturing facility. The testing lab can be located within a business or industrial district. The two remaining types of medical marijuana businesses can only be located in industrial zones.


Each type of medical marijuana facility requires a $5,000 annual local application fee. Those eligible for a facility license must be at least 21, have no felony record, have never had a medical marijuana license revoked by the State of South Dakota, be in good standing with the city, and be licensed with the state.


Staff from the city and Hughes County worked together on a joint jurisdictional area that surrounds city limits. It’s called the extra-territorial land and accounts for up to a three mile border around the city. Together with the county, we determined that no medical marijuana establishment will be allowed in that shared area.


These draft ordinances were months in the making. The city team has worked closely with the South Dakota Municipal League, other cities throughout the state, the SD City Planners Association, as well as multiple legal teams to develop the policy. We strived to strike a balance between accessibility, safety, and security. 


The ordinances under consideration in many communities across South Dakota are quite similar to ours. Though, you’ll see allowable dispensaries licenses within cities ranging from as little as one to more than a dozen. You also might notice some differences in operating hours and allowable locations.  


As I mentioned, the two zoning ordinances will be back in front of the city commission on Aug. 31 for a public hearing and, most likely, commission action. The licensing piece of the draft ordinance will also be in front of the commission again on Aug. 31.


If you’d like to take a look at the language, you can find the draft ordinances at cityofpierre.org.  


The Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce will be closed on Monday, September 6 in observance of Labor Day.

We will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, Sept. 7 at 8:00 AM.

Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson's Report
Leadercast 2021 - Shift

Change is constant. Nothing ever goes quite as we planned. If we didn't believe this before 2020, we all know it now. Leaders everywhere are realizing that they must make major shifts in order to move forward to achieve their purpose. Changing directions is hard. It's risky. But it's the only way to get where we need to go. The future will be created by fearless, innovative leaders who have the courage... to shift. This leadership conference is exactly what any organization looking to develop their leaders' needs.


Leadercast 2021 - Shift is broadcast to hundreds of host sites, making it the largest one-day leadership event in the world. This year, attendees have the opportunity to watch twelve world-renowned speakers in any order at their own pace, from Monday, Sept. 13 - Friday, Sept. 17, with the capabilities to pause, rewind and re-watch! Members are able to attend this exceptional conference for just $65 per person, and sponsorship opportunities are available. If you have investment credit leftover, Leadercast 2021 - Shift would be a fantastic way to utilize it. Not sure on your credit status? We can help you with that. To register, you can go to pierre.org or reply to this email, but hurry, there is limited space available!


The speakers for Leadercast 2021 - Shift have successfully navigated through their own personal and professional shifts. Participants will learn from their experiences the practical insights, purposeful actions and catalytic insights that have the power to transform them into world-changing, visionary team builders.


At Leadercast 2021 - Shift you will get the supercharge you've been needing to leave the status quo behind to discover a better and brighter future. Join us to shift your leadership skills to levels you never thought possible.


Earn Continuing Education Units through Leadercast partners GCSU, HRCI, SHRM and ASNA. 
Continuing education credits will be available upon attendance.
SHRM (HR Professionals) - 4.75 credit hours
GCSU (General) - .5/5 credit hours
HRCI (HR Professionals) - 5.0 credit hours
ASNA (Nursing) - 5.0 credit hours

Jim Protexter, COO
Capital City Economy
CVB Report
Tia Kafka, Convention & Visitors Bureau Director
Membership Report
Katie Johnson, Membership Director
New Members

Missouri Avenue Event Center

217 W Missouri Ave

Pierre, SD 57501


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Missouri Avenue Event Center is a wedding and event venue with an in-house beer and wine bar. Come host your special day centered around the Missouri River!


Sound system, smart tv’s high speed internet for board room meetings and presentations

TSP, Inc.

1112 North West Ave.

Sioux Falls, SD 57104


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Each and every day, we collaborate with our coworkers, our clients, and our consultants. Within our office walls, on job sites, and in the greater community, we unite in our efforts to design and redesign our world. From a project’s first stages to following up after a building has been occupied, we do whatever it takes, and we do it right. That’s our promise to every client. Why? Because our passion for the work we do will allow us to do no less than that. That was true on the first day our founder opened his office in 1930, and it will never change.

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

Leadership Pierre 2021-2022


Congratulations to the 2021-2022 Class of Leadership Pierre! It is going to be a fantastic year of growth and collaboration - we are so excited for what the year will bring!

Get Involved

September 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

Uriah Steber
Drifters Bar & Grille

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 Benbow

Events & Communications Director

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

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