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Featuring: City of Yankton & Yankton County - Register Today!
Tuesday, February 27, 11:30 am | Minervas Bar and Grill | Registration Required
You're invited to hear first-hand about the current and future state of the Yankton community from featured speakers Amy Nelson, Yankton’s city manager, and Todd Woods, chairperson of the Yankton County Commission. Presenters will discuss city and county challenges, opportunities, and projects that affect our residents, businesses, and entire community at large. There will be a question and answer period after each speaker.

This event, organized by the Yankton Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee, is open to the public. Registration is required by 5 pm on Wednesday, February 21. An optional Build-A-Burger lunch buffet will be available for $15, which you can indicate when you register. Doors open at 11:30 am, lunch is served at 11:45 am, and speakers will present at noon. Register here today or call 605-665-3636 for more information.
Yankton Day Recap
Last Tuesday was the annual Yankton Day event at the state capitol in Pierre. Yankton local officials and business leaders met with state agencies, Governor Daugaard, and legislators to discuss issues affecting Yankton area residents and businesses.
Peer to Peer Roundtable Sessions are designed to give Chamber members an opportunity to address any issues or concerns they are having in a small group session where another member might be able to provide an answer or a resource to their peer. These sessions will take place every Thursday in 2018. Up to SIX businesses will be invited per week so that the group can discuss everyone’s concerns in an hour. Stay tuned for your invitation, and we hope you make time to join us and share your concerns when your turn comes around. Questions? Call us at 665-3636.
2018 South Dakota Legislative Session
South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Look for multiple Capitol-ism articles each week during the busy times of the Legislative session!
Updates from Week 4 of the Legislative Session:
SB 87 Sponsor Monroe (R-Pierre) - revise certain provisions regarding the lawful possession of firearms in certain location
SB 120 – Nesiba (D-Sioux Falls)  – require minimum amount of paid sick leave.
HB 1153 – Ahlers (D-Dell Rapids)  - create certain protections and accommodations for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers in their places of employment.

Chamber Brings Bill to Strengthen Ballot Committees: Allows them to continue between elections & support/oppose multiple ballot measures. [Read Full Article Here]
Facade Grant Applications
Have a downtown building that could use a facelift? Applications are now being accepted for 2018 grant funds to spruce up facades in Yankton’s Meridian District. [Read More Here]
First Dakota AgriVisions 2018
Featuring Kevin Van Trump
Thursday, February 15 at 6:30 pm
Best Western Kelly Inn

B usiness Growth Retreat
Rescheduled to February 22
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Complex

Legal Updates, Sexual Harassment Prevention, and ADA Accommodations
March 13 from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mount Marty College

Cabin Fever Games
February 24 at 9:00 am
NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Complex

Legislation Proposed to Cut South Dakota Tourism Funding
This is an URGENT REQUEST  to oppose -  House Bill 1206  - which would repeal the half-penny that was added to the tourism promotion tax in 2011 and made permanent in 2013. 
The half-penny revenue completely funds SD Tourism’s community cooperative marketing program as well as the South Dakota Arts Council. The community co-op program is the program in which the Yankton CVB has been participating since 2017. HB 1206 will be before the  House Taxation Committee on February 6, 7:45 AM, Room 414, in the Capitol.
Yankton Visitors Bureau Planning Tourism Award
Yankton’s Convention and Visitors Bureau is seeking nominations for an award recognizing leaders in tourism. Nominations should be for an individual or organization making strides to attract new visitors to Yankton or improve their overall experience through events, media, business ventures or other means. Download this form and email to: VisitYankton@YanktonSD.com by February 28, 2018 . The Dorion Award will be presented at the annual Yankton Chamber Banquet on March 27. Last year’s winner was Jeff VanMeeteren, SE Regional Park Supervisor with South Dakota Game Fish and Parks.
CVB Stakeholders Meeting
Make plans to attend our upcoming CVB Stakeholders Meeting.
February 22 at 5:30 pm in the RTEC Building [Click for Details]
Schramm Named To South Dakota Tourism Board
Carmen Schramm, executive director of the Yankton Chamber of Commerce, has been named to the Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board for 2018. It’s part of a trend that is seeing more Yankton-area residents on state boards. [Read Full Article Here]
Personal Development - Stop Blaming And Stand Up For Your Life -   ​​​​​​​ Lisa Grunden discusses how to recognize that 'What's Done is Done' and that you have to accept your life and move forward to achieve success.
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The Yankton City Commission 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.
The Yankton County Commissioners meet the first and third Tuesday of the every month at 4 pm in the Commission's Meeting Room of Government Center.
2018 Chamber Board
President -  Becky Souchek;  Vice President -  Barb Rezac; Secretary/Treasurer - James Grotenhuis;
Past President - Bridget Benson; Board Members -  Chuck Aman - Ashli Danilko - Kami Guthmiller
Lacey Johnson - Brett Kennedy - Jason Larsen - Cynthia Miller - Stephanie Moser - Todd Woods