December 4, 2017
January 30, 2018 Yankton Day in Pierre
Join the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce as they head to Pierre to meet with state agencies and the Governor to discuss issues affecting Yankton area residents and the business community. We will be meeting with cabinet members of Tourism, Agriculture, Transportation, Economic Development, Education, Game, Fish and Park and Labor. 

That evening the Chamber will be hosting the legislators at the Pierre Ramkota and have an opportunity to discuss Yankton initiatives while the NFAA Easton Archery staff entertains them with a good-natured archery competition.

Contact the chamber at 665-3636 if you are interested in joining the delegation to Pierre. 
WORLD ARCHERY PREPARATIONS UNDERWAY
The excitement is growing for the World Archery Indoor Championships, Feb. 12-20, 2018 . This international event will bring approximately 50 countries and 600 athletes to Yankton for world-class competition. Community support and volunteers are two key areas for a successful event. 

The NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center is proud to partner with other entities to provide local marketing, transportation, lodging and food service. The NFAA feels strongly about supporting the community that they live and work in. 

Additional tournament details are currently being discussed. You are encouraged to reach out at any time with opportunities for advertising, collaborating, or volunteering. 


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Primary contact for the tournament is Nancy Wenande at
605-260-9282 or nwenande@neyac.org .
CONGRATULATIONS ON A SUCCESSFUL HOLIDAY FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Congratulations to the City of Yankton and the Meridian District on an extremely successful Holiday Festival of Lights!

This year's event saw FANTASIC attendance and the addition of several new activities facilitated by retailers and businesses located throughout the Meridian District.

There were a total of 60 floats entered in the parade.
This year's winners included:
1st Place: Front Page News - Whoville 
2nd Place: Wayne Walters Construction - Gingerbread Village 
3rd Place: Midwest Insurance,  Boomers Yankton  and  Academy of Dance  - Dancing Santa Dads
WELLS FARGO MOVES TO NEW LOCATION!
Wells Fargo Bank moved to their new location at 3100 Broadway Ave. and celebrated with a week-long open house and ribbon cutting on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Wells Fargo handles checking and savings accounts, CDs, Credit, Debit and prepaid cards, online banking and bill pay, and so much more. Stop by and check out their new location.

Business Education Video Library Feature Video of the Week
Personal Development - Delete the Negative  - Lisa Grunden gives some helpful advice about how to delete the negative thoughts, the negative voices and deleting negativity PERIOD, to help you achieve your goals.  

If you are not receiving the weekly helpful hints, please call the Chamber at 665-3636 so we can add your name to the "Opt-in" list .
Yankton's KOA - Among the best of the best!
Congratulations to Don and Nancy Starzl, the managers of the Yankton/Missouri River KOA Campground!

The Yankton/Missouri River KOA Campground was awarded the 2018 KOA President's Award and KOA Founder's Award by Kampgrounds of America, Inc. for the seventh year in a row.

Click here for the full story in last Friday's P&D.
City and County Commission
Meetings are Available On-line!
The City Commissioners meetings are held the second and fourth Monday of every month at 7 pm in the RTEC City of Yankton Community Room, 1200 W. 21st Street. We will provide links here after each meeting. 

Click here  to view the November 13 city commission meeting.

The County Commissioners meet the first and third Tuesday of the every month at 4 pm in the Commission's Meeting Room of Government Center.

To view the November 7 meeting,  click here .
Upcoming Chamber & Networking Events
For a complete listing of upcoming events, go to the Chamber website  www.yanktonsd.com 

December 5, 2017 ... Empower Fitness Ribbon Cutting
3 pm ~ 1804 Broadway Ave.
December 7, 2017 ... Muggsy's Sub Gallery Ribbon Cutting
3 pm ~ 821 Broadway Ave.
December 12, 2017 ... First National Bank December Chamber Mixer
5-7 pm ~ 332 Broadway Ave.
December 22, 2017 ... Chamber Offices closing early for holiday
December 25, 2017 ... MERRY CHRISTMAS!! Chamber Offices CLOSED
Convention & Visitors Bureau Calendar of Events 
Click here for the complete list of visitor-related Yankton area activities and events.
2018 SD Governor's Conference on Tourism
Registration is now open for the 2018 South Dakota Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Pierre at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center!

Pre-conference sessions , including the annual Regional Tourism Presentation, are being held the afternoon of Tuesday, January 16. The start of the conference officially kicks off with an opening reception immediately following the Visitor Industry Alliance Meeting on Tuesday. Regular conference sessions begin Wednesday morning and the conference ends Thursday, January 18, with the Awards Night Gala.
Please note that we have an Early Full Registration option this year. That rate – $235 – is available through Friday, December 22. After that, the full registration rate increases by $50 (through January 10). As in the past, registrations will be accepted on-site, and that rate is $335. Please remember that it’s best to book lodging early in Pierre and Fort Pierre as the Tourism Conference and legislative session make both communities very busy during this time of year.
Visit the conference website for registration, schedule, speaker information, and the list of lodging options: SouthDakotaTourismConference.com .
Featured Chamber Member Events
Food Drive benefiting the Contact Center
Dec. 1 - 15
Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)
Dec. 7-10 & 14-17
Winter Murder Mystery Party
Saturday, Dec. 9 ~ 7-10 pm
2nd Annual Merry & Bright: Shopping & Donation Drive
JoDean's ~ 2809 Broadway
Sunday, Dec. 10 ~ 11 am-4 pm
The Holidays are a time for giving, a time for helping those less fortunate. They are also a time for fun and family. Mark your calendar to help if you can or to spend time with family and friends!

DIY - PRIVATE FUNDING CAMPAIGN BEGINS
The citizen-led organization, Dive In Yankton, is working to make the dream of a new aquatic facility for the community of Yankton become a reality.

The elements included in the facility as well as layout have been chosen, based on feedback collected from community members earlier in the year.

With the help of experts from Water Technologies and Stockwell Engineers a master plan concept of the proposed facility has been created which provides a striking visual for community members to get excited about!

Work for the DIY team has now shifted from information gathering and practical application to fundraising and awareness.
The private funding campaign for DIY is currently seeking pledges, both large and small. Pledges with naming rights are available, upon discussion.

DIY is also looking for help to spread the word about the project. Please like the DIY Facebook page to stay informed and show your support! Pamphlets and posters are available at the Chamber office.
If your organization or group would like to schedule an in-person presentation about the project from the DIY committee, please reach out to Josh Svatos to set a date.

Click here for a downloadable poster. Please help spread the word and excitement about the project by posting in your break room or bulletin board.

Click here for DIY press release and here for master plan concept.
Support your local schools
2017 Chamber Board
President -  Bridget Benson;  Vice President -  Becky Souchek;  Secretary/Treasurer - Kristi Palecek
Board Members -  Chuck Aman - Ashli Danilko - James Grotenhuis - Kevin Hunhoff
Brett Kennedy - Tammy Matuska - Cynthia Miller - Stephanie Moser
Kristi Palecek - Barb Rezac - Todd Woods