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August 2022 Newsletter
Promoting prosperity, growth, and our way of life in the lower Oahe region.

Hello Callie,


This is the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce, Pierre Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Pierre Economic Development Corporation's August 2022 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

Chair's Report
Aaron Fabel, Chamber Board Chairman

Do you ever have moments in life where it feels like you are surfing? Now I realize that when someone says they are headed to the beach at farm island, bringing a surfboard is probably not on the list of items to bring.  Growing up with grandparents located on the East coast and West coast I spent many summers on the beach, but I have never gone surfing.  However, if it is similar to water skiing, I am guessing it involves a lot of falling down, swallowing some water, getting up and trying again. 


We have spent a lot of time getting up on our surfboard, and then falling over. There are times when you take in some water when you fall.  Other times you might fall and feel sore from the impact.  No matter how hard we try to balance, there are waves that hit and there is nothing we can do but brace for impact.  


It feels that right now throughout the country and right here in Central South Dakota we are experiencing things in waves. Businesses are struggling with staffing shortages, increased costs, supply shortages and burnout. The waves have been rough. But there have also been plenty of high fives and thumbs up as well.


Despite some various falls, I am thankful our community for continuing to get back up and doing everything they can with what they have. Especially when it involves things out of their control.


I am thankful for our chamber staff. Despite being new, they have hit the ground running, doing everything they can to support our local businesses. They have tried to make life normal with so many changes and disruptions. And, they have done so with grace.


Thank you for being patient.  When someone falls down, encourage them to get back up. All of us just need to keep getting up onto that board and riding the wave.  You never know how much a friendly smile or words of encouragement can help strengthen someone?s confidence. 

Chamber Membership: The Best Investment You Can Make in Your Early Career. Chamber Blog Post
Pierre Mayor Steve Harding's Report

We are entering budget season at City Hall; I?m happy to report ?so far, so good!


As with personal budgets, wants and needs generally outweigh the available resources. That?s true for the City this year, but our wants and needs column is a whole lot closer to our available resource column than most years. That?s thanks to prudent financial management and strong sales tax receipts. So far this year, we?re up 6.8% over last year. 


What exactly this means for City projects in 2023 remains to be seen. In mid-July, each department put forth it?s ask list for 2023. By the end of July, each department head will meet with his or her respective commissioner to explain their budget requests and scrub their numbers, and I?ll get an aggregated look at the City wish list too.


You?ll get your first look at it during the August 2 Commission Meeting. From there, we start our budget work sessions. That?s where we start to see some real clarity on City priorities. Though I don?t have specifics yet, my goal has always been to take care of our infrastructure and our assets. My priorities will remain steadfastly in that territory. Included in that commitment is the outdoor pool.


While a budget is almost always a limiting factor, it hasn?t been our biggest challenge as of late. We have usually had funding to get things done; we haven?t always been able to get the supplies and people to accomplish all the work we have planned. That lends to project delays, increased costs, and ultimately some accounting transfers; we have to move money to the budget year in which the work is actually done or the supplies are actually received. You?ll likely hear some talk of that during budget discussions.


We?re never without a challenge, but per state law, we?ll have it all sorted out by the end of September. You can expect updates at commission meetings throughout the remaining summer and early fall and a balanced budget by Oct. 1.


Admittedly, the government budgeting process can be a bit hard to follow if you?re not familiar with our revenue sources and how those sources can be used. Here?s a quick primer. Our major revenue sources are sales tax and utility rates; government grants and a small sliver of property tax fill a few small gaps for us.


Our general fund is primarily supported by sales tax receipts. That money is used to fund the Fire Department, the Police Department, Parks and Recreation, Rawlins Library, City Administration, and Streets. It also supports capital improvements, and can support community development and promotion efforts. The utility rates are used to fund operations, maintenance, and improvements in each of their respective utilities.


If you?d like to follow the process, I invite you to tune into the City Commission meetings. They are broadcast live every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. on Oahe Channel 8 or HD 608.  They can also be seen live and on demand at

Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson's Report

As the time draws near for adoption of the 2023 City of Fort Pierre budget, we turn our attention to all the factors that impact it.  The second meeting in July is traditionally the meeting where the Council hears requests for subsidies from the City.


 In all cases, none of the organizations listed below receive an amount that would equal their total budget.  The City?s share is often insignificant in comparison.  But Fort Pierre has established a tradition of supporting organizations that enhance our residents? health and safety, life?s necessities, or quality of life.  


The major entities supported by the City of Fort Pierre are the Fort Pierre Volunteer Fire Department, Stanley County Law Enforcement and Fort Pierre Development Corporation.   The City of Fort Pierre pays the entire expense of the 4th of July fireworks display, through the Fire Department.  


 Some of the entities subsidized by the BBB sales tax and not the general fund are Future Fort Pierre, Fort Pierre Chamber, Fort Pierre Recreation Association, Community & Youth Involved Center, and Short Grass Arts Council.   


Many of the organizations headquarter in Pierre, but serve Fort Pierre residents.  They are Central SD Enhancement District, Pierre Area Referral Service, Missouri Shores Domestic Violence Center, The Right Turn, Capital City Campus, River Cities Transit, Rawlins Library, and Oahe Cable Channel.  


We also support the Pierre/Fort Pierre Rescue Squad and share in the cost of a Medical Director.  One subsidy that will see a significant increase is that of our ambulance service. The two cities and two counties are meeting regularly to resolve the issue.  

 Some of the smaller subsidies go to support organizations such as Prairie Winds 4-H and Missouri Sedimentation Action Coalition.  


There is often lively discussion surrounding this list as the Council works to be good stewards of our residents? tax dollars, and at the same time, help support the organizations that help make Fort Pierre a great place to live.   Any organization that applies for a subsidy must submit complete financial records, as well as specific information on how their subsidy will be used.  Many provide information on how many Fort Pierre residents use their service.  

The next step will be committee meetings where the members will receive information on projected revenue and budget numbers recommended by the staff.  Any changes suggested by the committees will be reflected in the full budget to be considered by the Council at the first reading and introduction.  Then the budget will be adopted in final form at the second meeting in September.   

Jim Protexter, COO
Capital City Economy
Capital City Economy
CVB Report
Micah Palmer, Convention & Visitors Bureau Director

Summer has been a busy season for life on the Missouri River! We have had lots of travelers come through and stop at our Visitors center for information on the town. Our team has loved connecting with them and learning about their travels. In the month of July we had the opportunity to connect with a social media influencer and media journalist, Sherry Ott on her Capitol to Capitol biking project. We were able to collaborate via social media and give her recommendations on where to eat, stay and play while she was in Pierre. To check out more of her travels and learn more about the project, click here!


As we are closing out July, our team is working on sending out our 2023 Pierre Visitor Guide advertisement letters. If you are interested in being a part of this guide, give our office a call at 605-224-7361. We will help you through the process. We have distributed over 10,000 Visitor Guides this year to people interested in coming to our area. You don?t want to miss out on being a part of this important marketing tool. Check out our digital version here! 


We have LOVED summertime and there is still a lot of time left to get out and enjoy all the summertime activities. As you prepare for the school year to begin and hunting season to arise, make sure to keep tagging us (@visitpierresd) and using our hashtags #VisitPierre #Pierradise in your social posts. We love interacting with you and seeing how you enjoy life as a local or visitor! 

Membership Report
Clarissia Drefs, Membership Director
New Members

Monarch Dementia Caregiver Services, LLC

817 Plum Dr

Pierre SD 57501


Providing education resources, support and training to individuals dealing with dementia, caregivers, community, along with businesses/organizations.

LifeServe Blood Center

431 E Locust St

Des Moines IA 50309


LifeServe Blood Center is your non-profit, community-based blood center. Your blood donation with LifeServe goes to your hospital to help your neighbors.

Dakota Spirits Distillery, LLC ? Bickering Brothers 

3601 Airport Road

Pierre SD 57501


Dakota Spirits Distillery is South Dakota's first legal distillery. We are a small family run artisan distillery located in Pierre, South Dakota, on a plateau a couple of miles north of the Missouri.

Chamber News, Events & Reminders

Business After Hours 

Ribbon Cutting

The Lodge at Broken Arrow Farms

July 21, 2022

Griffin Skate Park

July 28, 2022

Save the Date

August 2022 Calendar of Events

2022 Chamber Board of Directors


Executive Board

Aaron Fabel - Chair,

Oahe Family YMCA

Jodie Anderson - Vice Chair, Strategic Association Services

Jessica Mefferd - Secretary, Mefferd Agency - Farmer's Union Insurance


Jaymason Bramblee - Treasurer,  Oahe Federal Credit Union

Thomas Allerdings - Past Chair, ClubHouse Hotel & Suties

Board Members

Kellie Yackley
Avera St. Mary's

Ty Kinneberg

Meredith Lee
Lee Real Estate

Steve Bass
Delta Dental of South Dakota

Scott Neu

Reinke Gray Wealth Management

Kevin Tiger
Silver Spur Restaurant

Uriah Steber

Drifter's Bar & Grille


Jill Janecke
Rising Hope Counseling, LLC


Stephen Webb
Gateway Ford, Lincoln & Toyota


Kari Bauman
State Farm Insurance


Ex-Officio Members

Andy Hubbart, PEDCO Chairman

Pierre Mayor Steve Harding

Ft. Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson




Pierre Area

Chamber Staff


Tia Kafka

President & CEO


Micah Palmer

Director of Tourism & Marketing


Clarissia Drefs

Director of Programs & Events


Megan Fast

Marketing & Events Coordinator


Ann Norden

Office Manager

Pierre Economic Development Corporation

2022 Investor List

(As of 3/24/22)


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 Hospital/Avera Medical Group Clinic


First National Bank

Montana-Dakota Utilities

SD Intrastate Pipeline Co.


Gold Investors - $600

A-G-E Corporation
American Bank & Trust
Beck Motor Company
Brosz Engineering Inc.

First Dakota National Bank

Midwest Development Inc.


Silver Investors - $300

Allied Plumbing and Heating Inc.

Anderson, Nill & Associates Inc.

Bartlett & Weaver Eye Clinic

Dairy Queen

Delta Dental

Fischer Rounds & Associates Inc.


Northridge Plaza

Nystrom Electrical Contracting Inc.

Robins Water Conditioning Inc.
Slumberland Furniture

Stulken Petersen Lingle Walti & Jones LLP


Bronze Investors - $150

Acorn Trust Company, American Family Insurance – Brittney Schiefelbein Agency, AmericInn Hotel & Suites, Anderson Contractors Inc., Anderson Rumpca Dentistry, Black Hills Federal Credit Union, Branding Iron Bistro, Butler Machinery Co., Capital City Wine & Spirits, Capital Journal, 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., Fine Line Auto, Floss Dentistry, Fort Pierre Development Corporation, Fort Pierre Livestock Auction, Foster Rentals, Friman Oil & Gas Inc., Grossenburg Implement, Halverson Hunts LLC, Hughes County Abstract, Ingram Pest Service, Isburg Funeral Chapels, Jake’s Goodtimes Place, Jerome Beverage Inc., Krueger Contracting Inc., La Minestra, Leingang Home Center, Mad Mary’s Steakhouse & Saloon, May Adam Gerdes & Thompson LLP, McDonald’s, MicroFix Inc., Midcontinent Communications, Missouri River Dentistry, Bachand & Hruska PC, Morris Inc., Mustang Aviation, My Place Hotel, Nagel Agency Inc., Northwest Pipe Fittings Inc., Oahe Federal Credit Union, Oahe Veterinary Clinic, Olinger Law Firm, Olson Plumbing Inc., Palmer Currier & Hoffert LLP, Peitz Heating & Cooling, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company, Perkins Restaurant, Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce, Pizza Ranch, Puetz Corporation, Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center, Reinke Gray Wealth Management, Richie Z’s Brickhouse BBQ, Riter Rogers LLP, Runnings, SDN Communications, Servall Uniform & Linen Supply, ServiceMaster of Pierre, South Dakota Community Foundation, State 123 Theatre, State Farm Insurance – Becki Potrzeba, Sunnyside Daycare LLC, Swenson & Cowan Dental, Thielen Surveying & Mapping, Titan Machinery Inc., TMA of Pierre, US Bank, Wheelhouse Plumbing, Willard & Associates Inc., Willow Creek Wildlife, WW Tire Service


Individual & Non-Profit Investors $60

Capital City Campus, Charles P. Schroyer, SD Bankers Association, SD Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Rev. Jon B. Urbach

2022 PEDCO Board of Directors


Executive Board


Andy Hubbart - Chairman,


Ron Wagner - Past Chair,
First National Bank


Damon Wheelhouse - Secretary,
Allied Plumbing & Heating Inc.

Kim Easland - Treasurer,
American Bank & Trust

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

Trustee - Rick Dockter
Ameriprise Financial


Trustee - Gordon Woods
SD Intrastate Pipeline


Board Members

Karl Richards
Avera Medical Associates Clinic

Dustin Christopherson

Dawn Morris
Morris Inc.

Zach Clark
Clark Insurance

Bobbie Country
SD Dept. of Labor

Liaisons - Annual Appointment

Aaron Fabel
Chamber of Commerce

Jamie Huizenga
Pierre City Commission

Mary Lehecka-Nelson
Office of Sen. Mike Rounds

Kristi Honeywell
Pierre City Administrator

Tom Rounds

Hughes County Commission


Jim Protexter
Chief Operating Officer

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