P ierre Area Chamber of Commerce
July 2020 Newsletter

Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce, Pierre Convention & Visitors Bureau & Pierre Economic Development Corporation E-News

This is the electronic version of the Pierre Area Chamber's July 2020 newsletter. We continue to provide a hard copy of this document in the Capital Journal as well.

Life is good on the river,
The Staff at the
Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce

In This Issue
2020 Chamber Board of Directors
Executive Board
Meredith Lee - President,
Lee Real Estate
Thomas Allerdings - Vice President,  ClubHouse Hotel & Suites
Angie Bollweg - Secretary,
Sanford Health
Melissa Puepke - Treasurer
First Dakota National Bank
Jennifer Anderson - Past President,  Anderson, Nill & Associates
Board Members
Steve Bass
Edgewood Senior Living
Russ Hofeldt
A-G-E Construction
Chris McConnell
Black Hills FCU
Aaron Fabel
Kristie Maher
SD Discovery Center
Jodie Hickman Anderson
Strategic Association Services
Dennis Rounds
Tori Reeves
Pam Metzinger
Branding Iron Bistro
Jamie Maher
Maher Dental Clinic
Tanner Kost
Dakota Prairie Bank

Ex-Officio Members
Ron Wagner, PEDCO President
Pierre Mayor Steve Harding
Ft. Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson
2020 PEDCO Board of Directors
Ron Wagner - Chair  
First National Bank
Andy Hubbart - Chair-Elect
Mark Anderson - Secretary
SD Department of Labor
Kim Easland - Treasurer
American Bank & Trust
Doug Abraham
May, Adam Law Firm
Rick Dockter
Ameriprise Financial
Zach Clark
Clark Insurance
Dawn Morris
Morris Inc.
Kim Olson
Sen. Mike Rounds Office
Prakash Saripalli
Karl Richards
Avera Medical Associates
Damon Wheelhouse
Allied Plumbing & Heating
Gordon Woods
SD Intrastate Pipeline

Liaisons - Annual Appointment
Jamie Huizenga
Pierre City Commission
Meredith Lee
Chamber of Commerce
Kristi Honeywell
Pierre City Administrator
Norm Weaver
Hughes County Commission

Jim Protexter
Chief Operating Officer
Alicia Fabel
Administrative Asst.
Pierre Economic Development Corporation 
2020 Investor List
(From 5/26 to 6/26)
Thank you to the following businesses, organizations and individuals who are supporting economic development in Central South Dakota through their PEDCO membership investment.

Bronze Investors - $150
Krueger Contracting Inc., State 123 Theater


Find details, registration forms and more for 4 on the Fourth Race on their Facebook Page
4th of July Parade information and registration form can be found HERE
President's Report
Meredith Lee, Chamber Board President
Happy July! It is a month that we are used to great celebration and togetherness. Like the past few months, this one will look a little different too. The city of Pierre has allowed for fireworks in backyards, so different does not necessarily mean that it will be less exciting!
Businesses in the area have been developing their plans to address COVID-19 in various ways. Then, something changes, we wad those plans up into a ball and throw in the trash, then start a new plan. But that is how businesses in our area roll. We adapt, we change, and we don't get married to an idea. The Chamber had the first meeting of our new President's Circle to address some of these changes and concerns for some of the largest industries in town, mostly healthcare and banking. It was a great discussion and we look forward to doing a couple of these a year. The Chamber staff has been hard at work adapting and changing as well. The Shop Where I Live site continues to be a great resource for retailers. Taste of Pierre changed formats since Oahe Days had to be canceled this year and people were encouraged to eat out at our local restaurants. The visitor's center remains closed which adds some digital opportunities to explore that will lead to some updated technology.
I know I say this every time, but we have no idea what this pandemic will lead to for businesses. I am just amazed and in awe at the community we live in and the hard work they have done to keep doors open. Nobody would ever wish for something like this to happen, but "forcing" a lot of us to get out of our comfort zone and explore technology has been a good thing for a lot of associations and businesses. It will hopefully lead to more people choosing to live in our beautiful community now that their jobs will allow them to work from anywhere. Much like the 2011 flood, we are really getting to see how to shine in uncertain times. Our bike paths have been full, the fishing has been great, and our outlook is bright.

The Pierre Area Chamber will be closed in observance of Independence Day on Friday, July 3. We will resume regular business hours on Monday, July 6, 2020 at 8:00 AM.
Pierre Mayor Steve Harding's Report
The pandemic continues to demand much of our mindshare at the City.

We just learned the City of Pierre will receive up to $3.1 million in federal funding to help offset unanticipated costs caused by COVID-19. Eligible items include personal protective equipment (PPE), sanitation / cleaning supplies, and partitions to protect employees and citizens. The money can only be used for expenses between March and Dec. 2020 and is only provided as a reimbursement for operations directly related to COVID.

As of today, our local COVID-19 eligible expenses, as they relate to City operations, have been somewhat limited. However, I fully expect our expenses to continue to increase between now and the end of the year. On a positive note, thanks to our community members and business community, our sales tax is holding steady.

In the last two weeks, we have started to see additional positive cases of the virus in Hughes County. Please remember, although we are all weary of the pandemic and working on a path forward, the pandemic is still very much a risk. Please continue to social distance, wash your hands, stay home if you don't feel well, wear a mask if you desire, and do not gather inside buildings where social distancing cannot or is not being practiced. We all have some ability to restrict our activities to mitigate risk of contracting and spreading the virus.

To help you avoid large crowds this holiday season, the City Commission is allowing fireworks in City limits. We know that fireworks and festivities can draw in crowds. So, this year, we're encouraging people in Pierre to celebrate with fireworks on their own property rather than gathering in groups on someone else's property.

On July 3 and 4 only, people in Pierre can light fireworks on private property with permission from the private property owner. We ask that no fireworks are ignited after midnight, that all debris is cleaned up by 10 p.m. on July 5, and that fireworks are only used under adult supervision and when fire suppression tools are available.

Whether we're talking fireworks or COVID-19 this Fourth of July, I hope you will be safe and take time to enjoy the holiday!

Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson's Report
W e in Fort Pierre love the 4 th of July, and we invite you to celebrate with us. Events kick off with the rodeo at 7 pm on July 3, followed by the Annual  4 on the 4th Road Race in downtown Fort Pierre, beginning at 8 am July 4. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, registration is online only. You can find the information on the  4 on the 4th Facebook page. The big parade will again start at 10 am this year, the rodeo will start at 7 pm, with the traditional fireworks display beginning after the rodeo, about 10 pm.

Fireworks will go on sale (and may be discharged) beginning June 29 through July 5. Please note that legal times for discharge end at 10:30 p.m. June 29 through July 2 and on July 5. The allowable time is expanded on July 3 and 4 to 12:00 midnight. Also, a reminder that bottle rockets (shorter than 14 inches and a rocket motor less than 2.5 inches) are illegal to sell or discharge, and sky lanterns are prohibited.

Continuing our tradition of honoring long-time residents, Don Sandal has been selected to be our honorary Parade Marshal.

Parade entrants are asked to register in advance. The entry form can be found on the City of Fort Pierre web site. Staging and line-up is in its traditional location between Highway 83 and Salebarn Road, and is scheduled for 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. Awards will be made in the following categories: Most Patriotic, Best Horse Drawn, Most Humorous; Best South Dakota Pride; Best Fort Pierre Pride, and Best Antique Vehicle. Entries must be in line by 9:30 to be considered for an award. If you have multiple entries that you would like to have grouped together in the parade, please show up at the same time. Also, no water cannons or large water guns will be allowed on the floats.

The parade will follow its usual route on Highway 83 from Stanley Road to Deadwood Avenue and end at the intersection of Main and Hwy 83.

Please feel free to call the City Offices at 223-7690 if you have questions. We will be closed on Friday, July 3.

Again, we welcome you to join us in honoring our nation's birthday. We strongly encourage appropriate social distancing and wear a face mask if you can't distance yourself from your neighbor. We ask that you follow the timeframes for firework discharge. And please, clean up after yourselves. There are extra trash receptacles located in public areas for your convenience. Happy 4th of July!

Capital City Economy
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Fort Pierre 2%
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Source: Pierre Economic Development Corporation Research

TSA Accepting Applications for Pierre Regional Airport
The Transportation Security Administration has openings for part-time Transportation Security Officers (TSO) at Pierre Regional Airport (PIR).  



TSA's mission is to protect the nation's transportation systems through counterterrorism efforts with a dedication to ensuring safe travels. As they continue to navigate through the challenges of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), they remain committed to that mission and are still hiring in select locations.


TSA offers an attractive benefits package, plus shift differential pay and a potential pay increase starting at six months. No previous security experience is required.


Interested candidates can apply online at USAJOBS. Candidates who apply soon will be available for upcoming local Computer Based Testing. If there are any questions or if candidates need assistance, contact the TSA Help Desk via email at HelpDesk@mailserver-hraccess.tsa.dhs.gov.


If you have any questions or would like additional information about TSA recruitment, please contact Eric Pickmosa in Recruitment Strategy at eric.pickmosa@mailserver-raccess.tsa.dhs.gov or by calling 571-858-2912.


Being #Loyal2Local is more than just a 'catchy phrase'. Now more than ever, remember the impact your dollars have on our local economy when you decide to shop local!

Shopping, dining and doing business with those in our communities help support the businesses that strengthen and diversify our area.

A special THANK YOU to Maxwell Strategies for helping us champion this great platform. We are all in this together!

Shop the Pierre Area here:  pierrearea.shopwhereilive.com
CVB Report
Tia Kafka Convention & Visitors Bureau Director
In July, the Pierre Convention & Visitors Bureau starts working on the budget and the media calendar for 2021. The CVB has always used different medias for marketing the Pierre area. We use TV advertising and social media for many of our events. SD Tourism continues to be a great partner to us. Through spring and fall Great Getaway ad campaigns, we get many leads from people interested in the Pierre area. So far, we have distributed about 8,000 visitor guides this year. We also partner with SD Tourism in their Group Tour Co-op.

Annually, the CVB sends out brochures for hunting and fishing to out-of-state license holders, encouraging them to explore Pierre and the outdoor resources we have to offer. This year we are trying something new. We will be marketing to the same audience; however, we will be sending a combined direct mailing piece for sportsmen for both hunting and fishing. In addition, we will be reaching more of our audience with social media posts.

Continue to greet visitors this summer with enthusiasm and let them know all the great things there is to do in our community. Check out our events calendar and our COVID-19 itinerary with social distance friendly activities on our website - pierre.org. Have a great summer.

Stop By Anytime!
The Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce's Visitor Center has been closed to the public since March
due to COVID-19. However, we still have materials and information available! Stop by the Chamber  (800 W. Dakota Ave., behind the SD Discovery Center building) for Visitor Bags filled with information and resources to have fun safely in the Pierre - Fort Pierre area! Have a group coming to town? The Chamber can get large quantities of Visitor Bags ready for your group ahead of time - just call 605.224.7361 or email contactchamber@pierre.org!

As we move towards the 'new normal,' it is more important than ever for businesses to help consumers to feel safe and confident while patronizing their establishment. Take the pledge to get industry-specific guidance to ensure best practices are being followed. You will also receive a pledge decal sticker  to display in your business - visually signifying to customers and visitors alike that you value and prioritize their health and wellness. 
Membership Report
Katie Johnson, Membership Director
COVID-19 has been quite a wild ride, and just when things seem to be calming down, things change again. Planning family reunions and other fun summer gatherings have been put on hold or are adjusting accordingly. With all the uncertainties right now, it is hard for me to know what the most important thing to write about is...but I feel the answer is a little bit of everything.

Shop Where I Live (www.pierrearea.shopwhereilive.com) is your safe way to shop LOCALLY online at your convenience. If you don't feel safe going to an establishment, order your product online! Before COVID, it was a dream of the Chamber's to have an online presence for our membership - a local amazon for Pierre, if you will. We envisioned the busy parents who don't have time to stop at a restaurant or retailer to pick up a gift for a birthday party between work, picking the kids up from daycare/school, running to the after school activities, cooking dinner and getting the kids to bed. Wouldn't it be great to have the ability to buy from the businesses you know and love, with the convenience of being able to prepay and pickup easily? Guess what...YOU CAN, and you should! If you have a business that is not on Shop Where I Live yet, please reach out to me and we will get you set up!

You may be asking yourself - what is this new 'Road to the River' event? Road to the River is a community event that is scheduled in August. Check out the first half marathon in the Pierre area through the Oahe Family YMCA on August 2nd. The following week, Fort Pierre will kick off the festivities with their Fort Pierre Summer Nights on Thursday, Aug. 6. The Pierre Streetmasters Car Club will have their annual car show and Dam Run, Crazy Days will be on Historic Pierre Street over the weekend with a cornhole tournament, activities and live music. There are several other things in the works for Road to the River, but as we all know - it is a hard time to predict what our situation will look like a month from now. In the meantime, if you would like to volunteer or sponsor an event, please contact the chamber at 605.224.7361.

We look forward to the day when we have visitors walking into the chamber again, when our committee's and board members all gather around the table, and when we can shake hands with our members. Until that day comes stay healthy, be kind, patient and mindful; we will get through this together.

Email Katie Johnson for assistance with listing your items and services!
New Members
Black Hills Towing
Tyrel Johnson
3175 Plateau St.
Pierre, SD 57501
(605) 440-2018

Young Insurance, LLC
Nicole Young, Independent Agent
Pierre, SD 57501
(605) 391-4816
Young Insurance is an expert at showing you all the ins & outs of Medicare. It can be a complicated process on your own, but with our "Health Benefits Advisor" you are in very good hands. I offer friendly, personable and honest information that puts your needs first.
Call Nicole today for a free consultation.
Member Highlights

If your business or team member has something to celebrate, email Mallory!
South Dakota Missouri River Tourism
Karen Kern, Executive Director
We all know by now that people are not traveling in the same form they were before COVID-19, but they are starting to travel. It's just a different type of travel. And, we in the tourism business need to look at what is becoming normal - at least for the time being.

Communication - are you letting the visitors what you have to offer in this atmosphere. They will be looking to see how you are preparing for the travelers - what do your COVID-19 procedures look like - and do you have your regulations on your web site. Does your staff know what to tell people when they call and ask what the protocol is at your business?

Travelers are looking to do more road trips than before. Does your web site highlight   highways/byways in the area that might attract visitors. What and where are the walking/hiking/biking paths in your vicinity. Keep people informed on all outdoor activities they can take advantage of with social distancing. They want to feel safe.

As we all know, this has been a very stressful time for everyone. Not being able to go where we want to go has been hard for all of us. But people want to get away - maybe for just a week, a weekend or a couple days - how can you help them do that and how will they feel better (less stressed) when they take advantage of what you are offering. Give them a chance to let their "mind wander" without thinking about the challenge of being afraid of the virus.

We, in the tourism industry are resilient people and we are creative people. So, now is the time to take a moment and look at what we can do right now to attract visitors. Again, they want to travel, but safety is important, relaxation is important and simply getting away can be important. We can do this!
Leadership Pierre

Deadline for applications is Friday, July 17.

Chamber Events

Ribbon Cuttings

Black Hills Towing
Welcome to town, Black Hills Towing! The Chamber held a Facebook Live Ribbon Cutting on June 10th to celebrate the opening of Black Hills Towing's second location, found at 3175 Plateau St in Pierre. You can contact Tyrell at 605.440.2018 or by email blackhillstowing@yahoo.com.

Thank You For Participating! 
Thank you to the Pierre - Fort Pierre restaurants who participated with the 2020 Taste of Pierre! We are already anxiously awaiting the 2021 Taste of Pierre & Oahe Days!

The Chamber hosted our second Chamber Brew on Thursday, June 25. Thank you to our panel of businesses, The Alley Exchange, Bounce Around City, Capital Area Counseling Service, Gateway, Ford, Lincoln & Toyota, and Fishing Buddy Studios for participating. Great conversations were held, and awesome prizes were awarded!

Photo Contest Winner
Congratulations to Traci Boyle-Herman for gaining the most 'likes' on her Facebook photo submission with the Chamber on June 26!

Save the Dates!

More info coming soon

Stay on course this fall with opportunities close to home! Take traditional face-to-face classes for only $40 per credit hour! Grab your seat today, and email CCC at info@capitalcitycampus.org

July Calendar of Events

July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 : River City Toastmasters . Microsoft Teams. For more information contact: Brian Underdahl, 605-220-1003 .

July 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 : English As A Second Language (ESL) . The Right Turn. For more information contact: 773-4755.  http://www.TheRightTurn.org.

July 2, 16 : Breast Cancer Survivors . 415 S. Crow St.. For more information contact: 945-0827.

July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 : SE Community Center Banquet . SE Community Center, 2315 E Park St., Pierre. For more information contact: 605-224-7244.

July 3 : Patriotic Car Show . Beck Motor Company parking lot. For more information contact: Jami, 224-5912 , jami.beck@beckmtr.com . www.beck-motors.com. free .

July 4 : 4 on the 4th . Downtown Fort Pierre. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/4onthe4thinFortPierre/.

July 4 : 4th of July Parade . City of Fort Pierre. For more information: Fort Pierre 4th of July Parade Registration.

July 4, 11, 18, 25 : Capital City Farmer's Market . Parking lot in Pierre (corner of Sioux Ave and Coteau St). For more information: https://www.facebook.com/capcityfarmersmarket.

July 4 : Fort Pierre 4th of July Rodeo . Stanley County Fairgrounds.

July 6 : Canvasback Art Club . Rawlins Library, 1000 E. Church. For more information contact: Bev Letellier, 605-224-7993 , ranchvet66@yahoo.com.

July 7, 14, 21, 28 : Touching Hearts 50/50 Raffle . Facebook Live Drawing. For more information: The Right Turn.

July 7, 30 : Volunteers needed at food bank . Feeding South Dakota at 20562 Grace Avenue. For more information contact: Feeding South Dakota , andrew@feedingsouthdakota.org . http://feedingsouthdakota.org/.

July 7, 14, 21, 28 : Common Sense Parenting . Oahe Child Development Center 2307 E Capitol Avenue, Pierre. For more information contact: Dawn Tassler, 605-224-3189 , gut1@dakota2k.net . http://www.growinguptogether.org. The class and reference book are free.

July 7 : Early Childhood Training/ Reading for Resilience . Online. For more information contact: 605-773-4755 , kbly@midconetwork.com. $5.00

July 8, 22 : Feeding South Dakota - Mobile Food Pantry Distribution . 2nd Wednesday: River City Transit, Pierre; 4th Wednesday: Stanley Co. Fairgrounds, Fort Pierre. For more information contact: (605) 494-3663 .

July 9 - 12 : Mac's Carnival . Northridge Plaza Parking Lot 1615 N. Harrison Avenue (across from WalMart in Pierre). For more information contact: Northridge Plaza Mall office, (605)224-6331 , info@shopnorthridgeplaza.com . http://shopnorthridgeplaza.com .

July 9 : Breastfeeding Class . Virtual. For more information contact: Dawn Tassler, 605-280-1968 , gut1@dakota2k.net . http://www.growinguptogether.org. $10.00, scholarships are available. Pre-registration is required.

July 10 : Women's Cancer Support . Virtual. For more information contact: Gloria 224-3131 , gloria.rowen@avera.org.

July 11 : Women State over 35 Softball Tournament . Oahe Softball Complex. For more information: http://www.usasoftballofsouthdakota.com/content/.

July 11 : Childbirth Class . Virtual. For more information contact: Dawn Tassler 605-280-1968 , gut1@dakota2k.net , http://www.growinguptogether.org. $40.00, scholarships are available. Pre-registration is required.

July 13 : Stately Stitchers Guild Meeting . Lutheran Memorial Church Basement, 320 E Prospect Avenue, Pierre. For more information contact: Pat Wheeldreyer, 605-224-4773.

July 14 : Central SD Survivors of Suicide Support Group . Monthly locations TBA. For more information contact: Julie Moore , julie.moore@avera.org.

July 16 : Dementia Caregivers Support Group . 415 S. Crow St.. For more information contact: Countryside Hospice Support & Memory Center, 605-945-0827 . http://countrysidehospicesupport.com.

July 17 : 2020 - 2021 Leadership Pierre Application Deadline July 17 . Pierre & Fort Pierre Area. For more information contact: Jamie Seiner, 605-224-7361 , jseiner@pierre.org . http://www.pierre.org/leadershippierre.htm. Application Fee: nonrefundable $25. Tuition: $500 for Chamber members, $650 for non-members selected. If selected for the program, tuition is due by August 30, 2019.

Jul 17 : Chalk Art Challenge Competition . Community Bible Church Parking Lot. For more information contact: Scott Grand, (605) 224-6730 . http://www.cbcpierre.org/.

July 17 : Men's Cancer Support . Virtual. For more information contact: Gloria 224-3131 , gloria.rowen@avera.org.

July 19 - 20 : Women's State Softball Divisions 2, 3 West 4 & 5 . Oahe Softball Complex, Pierre. For more information: http://www.usasoftballofsouthdakota.com/content/  .

July 18 : Chalk Art Challenge - Public Viewing & Voting . Community Bible Church Parking Lot. For more information contact: Scott Grand, (605) 224-6730 . http://www.cbcpierre.org/. Viewing is free. $1.00 per vote for "fan favorite," all money goes to benefit PARS .

July 19 : Oahe Capitals Fundraiser . Willow Creek Wildlife, Inc.. For more information contact: John Ullmann, 605.390.8959 , ullmann.john@gmail.com . http://www.willowcreekwildlife.com. Fee varies by event .

July 20 : Bariatric and Weight Loss Support Group . Sanford Clinic Pierre, 521 E Sioux Ave, Pierre. For more information contact: Angie Bollweg 605-945-5560 , angie.bollweg@sanfordhealth.org . http://www.sanfordhealth.org.

July 21 : Stroke Support Group . Conference Room @ 415 South Crow Street in Pierre. For more information contact: Countryside Support and Memory Center, Cindy M or Maxine, (605) 945-0827 . countryside@midconetwork.com.

July 24 : American Legion Baseball Jr. Legion State Tournament . Hyde Stadium, Pierre. For more information: http://www.post8baseball.com/.

July 24 - 30 : Pierre Players Presents "Man of La Mancha" . Grand Opera House, 109 S. Pierre St.. BOX OFFICE: Opens July 13, 2020 5-7 p.m. and 2 hours before doors open. For more information contact: 605-224-7826, info@pierreplayers.com . http://pierreplayers.com. General Members: $15 Seniors/Students: $13.

For future months, go to www.pierre.org