November, 2021 Newsletter
Promoting prosperity, growth, and our way of life in the lower Oahe region.
This is the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce, Pierre Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Pierre Economic Development Corporation's November 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
Thomas Allerdings, Chamber Board President
I can honestly say this is my favorite time of year. The Governor and Buffalo fall sports are underway, and soon we will get to see the Oahe Capitals begin their season too! I am the person that complains about the heat from the moment it reaches 75 degrees, and love a good snow storm!
However, this is the time of year that Loyal2Local really impacts our community the most. Tourist start to slow down, and Christmas gifts are being bought for the season. I encourage you to stay local with your gift purchases and consider the options we have in the Pierre area. Get to know the local shop owners and all that they do for the community.
On November 18, the Chamber will be holding its annual board meeting that is open to all chamber members. I would encourage you to come and get to know the incoming board member candidates who are nominated for 2022.
Lastly, I want to say thank you for the chance to serve as your Chamber Board President in 2021. What a year it has been. We have made many positive changes this year, and so many more are to come. I am certain our 2022 team will keep the ball rolling and am excited to see what the future will bring!
Thomas Allerdings, 2021 Board President
2022 Board of Directors Announced
The Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce’s nominating committee is offering a slate of candidates for 2022.
The proposed 2022 Executive Board will consist of President Aaron Fabel (Oahe Family YMCA), Vice President Jodie Hickman Anderson (Strategic Association Services), Secretary Jessica Mefferd (Mefferd Agency, Farmers Union Insurance), Treasurer Jaymason Bramblee (Oahe Federal Credit Union) and Past President Thomas Allerdings (Clubhouse Hotel & Suites).
Nominations for the three-year terms include: Thomas Allerdings (Clubhouse Hotel & Suites), Jaymason Bramblee (Oahe Federal Credit Union) and Stephen Webb (Gateway Ford, Lincoln & Toyota).
Incoming president Aaron Fabel will appoint Uriah Steber (Drifters Bar & Grille), Kevin Tiger (Silver Spur), and Jill Janecke (Rising Hope Counseling) to each serve a one-year term.
Any additional chamber member in good standing who is interested in submitting his or her name for consideration for a position on the Chamber Board of Directors can do so by submitting a statement of willingness to serve to the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce (800 W Dakota Ave; Pierre, SD 57501). Such statements shall be forwarded to the nominating committee no later than November 14, 2019. His or her name will be added to the ballot and voted on by all members represented at the annual meeting that will be held on November 18, 2021 from 11:30am-1:00pm. The nominees receiving the majority of the votes shall be declared elected to the Board of Directors. Should a tie occur, the nominating committee shall cast the deciding vote. In the event no other chamber member submits his or her name, the nominated slate will become the 2022 chamber board.
Newly elected and appointed board members shall be seated at the December board meeting and shall be considered participating members until their term ends.
The Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors wants to extend a special thank you for the commitment of Melissa Puepke (First Dakota National Bank), Angie Bollweg (Sanford Health) and Chris McConnell (Black Hills Federal Credit Union).
The Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce will be closed on Thursday, November 11 in observance of
Veterans Day. We will be back in the office at 8:00 AM on Friday, November 12.
The Chamber will also be closed on Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26 to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with loved ones. We will return to normal hours on Monday, Nov. 29 at 8:00 AM.
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Christina R. Metcalf, Contributor, Chamber Blog Post
The troubles with the supply chain are daunting. We’re seeing predictions that the holiday shopping season will be marred by empty shelves and disappointed children. While the problems are serious, there are some businesses that will triumph in the face of adversity, and this very well could be the best holiday season for them yet. If you are one of those fortunate businesses, it’s time you market the benefits of shopping with you for the holidays.
The supply chain issues are affecting restaurants, stores, and other merchants who rely on pieces and parts from other vendors and manufacturers from across the country and the world. But local artisans or restaurants that rely on locally grown food may have a significant advantage this holiday season.
Marketing Tips for the Holidays
If you are a business that is removed from the larger supply chain, it may be time to get the word out. While some box stores are expecting empty shelves in certain departments this season, you can be fully stocked and ready to help shoppers. But they won’t know unless you tell them.
- Let them know you are ready with “the goods.” People don’t know what to expect from supply chain shortages and they don’t fully understand the ripple effect. They may assume that if a large chain store is out of something, so are you. Make sure they know you’re fully stocked with holiday delights.
- Use this as a chance to highlight the awesomeness of local. Without offending those who are struggling with supply chain issues right now, this is an ideal opportunity to highlight yet another benefit of shopping local.
- Offer local delivery. If you’re able to cover the cost and man hours, consider offering local delivery or pick-up options. People tend to buy online and from box stores because they don’t have to leave their homes to do it. But this year, even reliable delivery services are having issues now (and we’re way ahead of the holiday shipping rush). Tout the reliability of your deliveries and pickups.
- Use bags and tags. Consider creating your own stenciled shopping bags or gift tags that mention this gift was made locally and selected by someone who cares. This messaging will be carried around town by your customers and attached to gifts making a big impression on a larger audience.
- Work with your Pierre Area Chamber on a shop local campaign playing up the value and availability of items made locally. As understanding as shoppers may be that everyone is in the same boat, they are tired of hearing COVID as an excuse. If your local business can help make a few holiday dreams come true, it will have a big impression on your future customers. Speaking with the Chamber is also a good idea if you’re a business that is struggling with supply chain. We may know of local businesses that can help you with new stock or items/services to get you through the season.
Finally, if you’re doing a great job marketing and advertising the benefits of shopping with you this season, consider extending your business hours to accommodate last-minute shoppers and those who work in another town during the day. Some potential customers may avoid shopping locally because they figure local businesses close before 5.
Some local businesses may have the advantage this holiday season. If you’re among the fortunate that’s not disrupted by the supply chain, these marketing tips can help you have the best season ever.
Pierre Mayor Steve Harding's Report
Treated Water Coming Soon, System Flushing Coming Sooner
In June 2018, Pierre voters decided we should improve our drinking water by building a water treatment facility. In July 2020, the building design and construction plan was unveiled. By this time next year, people living in Pierre should be enjoying that new drinking water.
We have already completed the water intake located on the north side of Sioux Avenue near the car bridge. You might remember, in March, we floated and sunk a 714 foot pipe just north of the train bridge. That pipe brings water to the pump structure that we built just west of the Ramkota. That pump structure then conveys the water under Sioux Avenue to the new treatment facility.
That treatment facility is taking shape! Much of the exterior work is done. That means interior work is underway including painting, concrete work and installation of the treatment equipment. The intake and water treatment facility are two pieces of this very large system. The third component is the distribution system –the pipes that take the water from the treatment facility to your faucet.
We’re fortunate that we can retrofit our existing distribution system for the new treatment facility. But before we start pushing new water through those pipes, we need to clean them. Our existing water has a high mineral content. Those minerals can settle in the pipelines. So, for the next several weeks, we’re going to push a whole lot of water at a high speed through the pipes to clear out pipeline deposits. This is similar to the flushing process the fire department does each year.
The flushing process can cause temporary water discoloration. Despite any temporary color change, the water remains safe for drinking and bathing. To clear discolored water, when your neighborhood is flushed, run cold water, preferably from an outside spigot, until the water color returns to normal. Consider waiting to use home filtering systems, water softeners, dishwashers or washing machines until the water runs clear.
Also, pressure variations during the flushing process may cause some fire suppression systems to alarm.
The lines will be flushed in zones. We’ll start in the northern part of the community and then move south from there. Clearing all six zones could take up to a month.
To find out when your neighborhood is being flushed, visit public.alertsense.com. There you can opt into a free text message or email that will alert you when your neighborhood is scheduled for flushing. In the meantime, visit cityofpierre.org and click on the drinking water treatment facility link. There you can find an outline of the flushing sequence, as well as frequently asked questions about the flushing process.
This will take us one step closer to the new water that we have been working on for nearly four years. Treated water will be here soon!
Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson's Report
Sometimes you need to look behind you to realize just how far you have traveled.
During a staff meeting last week, we talked about how much Fort Pierre has grown and changed over the last 20 years. Rick Hahn, City Engineer and Public Works Director, and Finance Officer Roxanne Heezen, volunteered to put together some information for the Council meeting. The table below will provide some highlights:
Comparing Google Earth maps of the city in 1991 and 2017 tells an even more dramatic story. Entire residential developments (Marions Garden, Marions Pastures, Marions Acres, Vintage Square Estates, and Compton’s Cove) have sprung up, and the Teton Island Business Park transformed that area.
We appreciate the foresight of previous mayors and councils who saw the need for infrastructure to accommodate growth. And we will always be grateful to the entrepreneurs and developers who invested (and continue to invest) capital, time and dedication to the future of our beautiful little city on the rivers.
PEDCO Notice of Elections
The Pierre Economic Development Corporation will nominate board members at its Nov. 23 annual meeting. In accordance with PEDCO’s bylaws, the nominating committee is submitting the following slate for approval by the membership:
Aaron Fabel, Oahe YMCA (Chamber Liaison)
Current board member nominations for renewal:
Andy Hubbart, BankWest
Kim Easland, American Bank & Trust
Rick Dockter, Ameriprise Financial
Damon Wheelhouse, Allied Plumbing & Heating
Additional nominations may be made from the floor by members during the Annual Meeting.
Tia Kafka, Convention & Visitors Bureau Director
It’s Christmas time in Pierre with Christmas at the Capitol. This year’s theme is “Winter Wishes.” Nearly 100 Christmas trees fill the rotunda and hallways of the capitol for the 40th year. The Christmas trees are decorated by schools, churches, communities, and civic groups from across the state. The Grand Lighting Ceremony is Nov. 23, 2021. The display will be open to the public daily Nov. 24 through Dec. 26, 2021, from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. (CST).
Other parts of the Capitol building will also be decorated, including the grand marble staircase and the Capitol grounds. The big South Dakota tree featured in the rotunda, which is being donated by a family in Pierre, will be decorated by the Christmas at the Capitol committee in honor of the 40th birthday of Christmas at the Capitol.
The holiday season brings many local events to the area. Please be sure to check our Chamber of Commerce community calendar regularly for event details or to add your event to the calendar.
Katie Johnson, Membership Director
Ribbon cutting season is not over, we will celebrate two ribbon cuttings this week. The first will be Tuesday October 26th at the Farr House located at 106 E. Wynoka from 4-6pm! We will cut the ribbon at 4pm, and the open house will be from 4:30-6pm. The Farr house will also be hosting a free Halloween Photo opportunity Friday, Saturday and Sunday October 29th-31st. Be sure to check out their Facebook page for more information. The second ribbon cutting will be on Thursday October 28th at 11am at the new Karl’s location in Northridge Plaza! Join us for live vendor demonstrations, exclusive in-store specials and sign up to win door prizes from 11am to 2pm.
Also coming up this week is Downtown Trick or Treat Night, Thursday, October 28th from 5:30-7:30. Be sure to enter the kids in the costume contest being held at the BankWest Plaza at 6pm! If you or your business is interested in hosting a table during downtown trick or treating, you can contact Scott at The LB – Longbranch for more information.
Help us ring in the holiday season by joining us for the Chamber’s 21st Annual Parade of Lights. Line up for the parade in Riggs High parking lot starting at 5pm on Monday, November 22; the parade will begin at 6pm. Registration forms are available online and at the Chamber. Pre-registration is requested but not mandatory. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place entries, in addition to the Mayor's Choice, Griswold and People's Choice awards.
Tuesday, November 23 is the Grand Tree Lighting in the Capitol Rotunda; the trees are always so beautiful, and it really gets you in the Christmas spirit!
Shop Small Saturday is Saturday, November 27. It is a great opportunity to be Loyal2Local and shop our locally owned retailers as you start your holiday shopping. Many great items can be found right here in the Pierre/Ft. Pierre area, and you don’t have to worry about any shipping issues – Win/Win!
Mark your calendars, you won’t want to miss the Chamber’s Annual Celebration on Thursday, December 9 at the Ramkota. Celebrate the holidays with us and reserve a table for you and your colleagues today! Enjoy entertainment by hypnotist Kellen Marson, an awe-inspiring performer, and dynamic entertainer who can get the best out of every single on-stage opportunity. With more laughs per minute than any other comedy hypnotist performing today, Kellen is dedicated to making hypnosis ‘HIP’ again and revolutionizing the profession. Tables for 8 can be purchased on our website or by calling the Pierre Area Chamber at 605.224.7361.
Coming up faster than you may realize in 2022 is the Chamber's Back to Business Legislative Welcome. With disruptions in the supply chains, now is the time to order your promotional items for the December 21 deadline!
Customized gloves by Dakota Glove are a great tool for promoting your business, thanking your clients and recognizing your employees. Dakota Glove offers a variety of glove styles, including leather and canvas, which can be branded or decaled with your company logo. These gloves are perfect gifts and are a unique way to brand your corporate image.
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Chamber Events & Reminders
Ribbon Cuttings & Open Houses
The Alley Exchange celebrated moving into their new location with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 16. You can now find the mixed vendor marketplace at Northridge Plaza, 1615 N Garfield, from 9 AM - 8 PM Monday through Friday, 10 AM - 6 PM on Saturdays, and noon - 5 PM on Sundays.
Leadership Pierre 2021-2022
Leadership Pierre enjoyed their second session on Oct. 14, which focused on education. The objective of the session was to learn more about educational opportunities in the Pierre area, from our area public schools, to Capital City Campus, to The Right Turn, South Dakota Discovery Center and more.
The South Dakota Discovery Center needs your help and input! Please take a few moments to fill out the survey.
November 2021 Calendar of Events
2021 Chamber Board of Directors
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
Avera St. Mary's
Mefferd Agency - Farmers Union Insurance
Delta Dental of South Dakota
Reinke Gray Wealth Management
Black Hills Federal Credit Union
Oahe Federal Credit Union
Gateway Ford, Lincoln & Toyota
Drifters Bar & Grille
Andy Hubbart, PEDCO Chairman
Pierre Mayor Steve Harding
Ft. Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson
Chief Executive Officer
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
Gold Investors - $600
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
Dakota Prairie Bank
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
Andy Hubbart - Chairman,
Mark Anderson - Secretary,
Kim Easland - Treasurer,
American Bank & Trust
Trustee - Doug Abraham
May, Adam, Gerdes, Thompson Law Firm
Trustee - Rick Dockter
Trustee - Ron Wagner
First National Bank
Trustee - Gordon Woods
SD Intrastate Pipeline
Avera Medical Associates Clinic
My3Tech, 1 Stop Travel
Allied Plumbing & Heating
Liaisons - Annual Appointment
Chamber of Commerce
Pierre City Commission
Area Director of Sen. Mike Rounds
Pierre City Administrator
Hughes County Commission
Chief Operating Officer
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