P ierre Area Chamber of Commerce
May 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 May 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
Oahe YMCA
Kristie Maher
SD Discovery Center
Jodie Hickman Anderson
Strategic Association Services
Dennis Rounds
Consultant
Tori Reeves
BankWest
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
BankWest
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
My3Tech
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

Administration
Jim Protexter
Chief Operating Officer
Alicia Fabel
Administrative Asst.
 
Pierre Economic Development Corporation 
2020 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
Montana-Dakota Utilities

Gold Investors - $600
American Bank & Trust
Beck Motor Company
Brosz Engineering Inc.
First Dakota National Bank
SD Intrastate Pipeline Co.

Silver Investors - $300
Allied Plumbing and Heating Inc.
American Medical Response
Anderson Nill & Associates Inc.
Bartlett & Weaver Eye Clinic
Clark Engineering Corporation
Dakota Prairie Bank
Delta Dental
Doughtery & Company LLC
Farm Credit Services of America
Fischer Rounds & Associates Inc.
Robins Water Conditioning Inc.

Bronze Investors - $150
Acorn Trust Company, AmericInn Hotel & Suites, Anderson Contractors Inc., Anderson Dentistry, Angel's Salon,
BPRO Inc., Black Hills Federal Credit Union, Brakke Financial Services, Branding Iron Bistro, Butler Machinery Co., Capital Area Counseling Service, Capital City Wine & Spirits, Central Dakota Eyecare LLP, Chandlers Inc., Chase Auto & RV, Clausen & Rice LLP, Cone Ag Inc., Country Carpet & Flooring, Cowboy Country Stores, DJ's Convenience Store, Dairy Queen, Dakota Radio Group KGFX - KPLO - River 92.7 - 1001.1 The Eagle, Dakota Storm Roofing, Dentistry at the St. Charles, Rick Dockter/Ameriprise Financial, Drifters Bar & Grille, East Pierre Landscape & Garden Center,Envirotech, Feigum Funeral Home, Ferding Electric Inc., Fine Line Auto, 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, La Minestra, Leingang Home Center, Mad Mary's Steakhouse & Saloon, May Adam Gerdes & Thompson LLP, MicroFix Inc., Midcontinent Communications, Midwest Cooperative, 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, Pizza Ranch, Prairie Pages Bookseller LLC, Puetz Corporation, Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center, Reinke Gray Wealth Management, Richie Z's Brickhouse BBQ, Riter Rogers Wattier & Northrup LLP, SDN Communications, Servall Uniform & Linen Supply, Smith Plumbing, S.D. Electric Utility Companies, State Farm Insurance - Becki Potrzeba, Sunnyside Daycare LLC, Super 8, Thielen Surveying & Mapping, US Bank, Wheelhouse Plumbing, Willard & Associates Inc., Willow Creek Wildlife, WW Tire Service, Zach Clark Insurance Inc.

Individual & Nonprofit Investors - $60
Charles P. Schroyer, S.D. Bankers Association, S.D. Chamber of Commerce & Industry, S.D. Community Foundation, S.D. Discovery Center, Rev. Jon B. Urbach

 

President's Report
Meredith Lee, Board President
I think it is fair to say that this newsletter comes to you all from a strange place and time. For starters, it comes physically from my kitchen island/home office/home school class. Like a lot of people, "work" has taken on a completely different definition over the past few weeks. Of course, I am one of the lucky business owners as I am used to working with small groups and by appointment. Watching the incredible business owners of the Pierre area pivot to completely reinvent the way that they do business has been nothing short of spectacular. The restaurants providing curbside and delivery, the offices conducting business by FaceTime and Zoom, and retail businesses going from brick and mortar to click and mortar has been inspirational. There is still a lot to do to keep our businesses afloat during this time though.  
The Chamber staff has been moving like a duck through water though all of this. Just smooth and calm on the visible part and paddling like mad below the surface. They have brought together a group of local businesses to easily deliver content regarding loans and grants. They have launched Feeding the Frontline, encouraging individuals to join the chamber, and then using those investment dollars to purchase treats and goods for the frontline works of the COVID-19 crisis from Chamber restaurants and grocery stores. And my favorite new undertaking - the Shop Where I Live site for local retailers to post their products and sell all in one place, like a local Amazon or Etsy! We've talked about this as a board for a while, but what better time to launch it than when Chamber members need it the most. Don't forget to check it out and buy online from your favorite local businesses! If your business has not set up shop on the site, give it a try. It takes about 5-10 minutes, and if you have any questions the Chamber is always happy to help.
Everything looks a little different right now, but we have a great thing going in Pierre. We might be missing some of our favorite events, but when life goes back to "normal" and social distancing becomes a joke we use to fondly remember the spring of 2020, everything will become a celebration!


Pierre Mayor Steve Harding's Report
Well, COVID-19 is certainly disrupting lives. But just like you, in spite of the virus, the City is maintaining normal operations as much as possible. We're continuing to move forward with our major projects where we can.
The water treatment facility, set to start producing water in 2022, remains on track. The facility is about 60% designed, and we expect to start bidding that project in July. You'll remember, the project was approved by a 73% public vote in 2018. It will treat surface water from the Missouri River to eliminate the high mineral levels our current system has.
When people hear 60% designed, they want to know what the building is going to look like. It's important to understand that when you build a water treatment facility, you build it from the inside out. The final exterior design is not complete; we're still focused on the piping!
You might remember, we also have a $15 million dollar investment happening at our wastewater treatment plant in southeast Pierre. I'm very pleased we have been able to make this investment without increasing wastewater rates this year. This project has also hit the 60% design stage. Bidding for the wastewater project is expected to happen in August. Once complete, it will make our treatment process more efficient while shrinking the size of the facility and improving enhanced odor control mechanisms.
Now, thanks to COVID-19, there's still some elements of surprise with both these projects. As of now, contractors are still operating. We can't predict how contractors will or won't be operating come July and August. We also can't predict the availability of the supplies and materials needed to start the construction phase of these projects. If manufacturers aren't cranking out materials, they might not be available. If they're cranking them out at a slower rate, there may be a supply and demand issue; that issue could increase the cost of those supplies and materials.
I am happy to report that the $4.4 million upgrade to the local Boys and Girls Club is 75% complete. Because the Club is housed in a City-owned building, the City is using budgeted revenue for about half of the remodeling and expansion project; the Boys and Girls Club partnered with the City to complete the financing package. That's great news because it caused no new cost to the taxpayers. Hopefully, the new and improved facility can get put to good use sooner rather than later!
The outdoor pool project continues to move forward. Though, in light of the pandemic, we have paused the fundraising campaign for a bit. The good news is the city-funded portion of the project -the recreational pool, the 25-meter multi-purpose pool, infrastructure and bathhouse -is financed with existing revenue. That is secure and requires no new cost to the taxpayers.
Because of COVID-19, we do anticipate low sales tax revenue. We will continue to monitor our revenue and adjust our 2020 budget as necessary with the goal of completing as many planned projects as possible while still being financially prudent. Please know, all city operations have been reviewed and plans developed to continue providing essential services to the community.
We don't know what the next few months will bring or the financial fallout the virus will cause. We do know that the City is working hard to maintain a sense of normalcy and to prime things well for recovery.


Pierre, SD  - As many of us in the workforce are being asked to serve public health by social distancing, our healthcare workers, grocery store staff, police, firefighters and more are serving our communities on the frontline. Right now, they are stepping up to take care of the community's needs and are ready to respond with expanded efforts as this pandemic is expected to increase at a drastic pace. As they do this, they are lacking resources, they are risking their own health and enduring burnout, exhaustion and many other challenges on our behalf.

The Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce is encouraging individuals and families to join the Chamber in "Feeding the Frontline" as we invest 100% of the proceeds from this initiative on the frontlines of COVID-19. Your investment will provide two-fold support, first to businesses that need our help and then to the frontline to send encouraging messages and local gifts.

Individual Loyal2Local Supporter is $50 and a Family Loyal2Local Supporter is $100; you can join this initiative by going to the Chamber's calendar of events on our website, www.pierre.org , or at our event hosted by 'PierreAreaChamber' on Facebook. While we are working remotely, we are still available by phone at 605-224-7361. Leave a message with your contact information and we will return the call promptly.

Jamie Seiner, CEO of the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce, states, "These health professionals are our first responders in the fight against the coronavirus. They will also be our guides and community allies on the road to our full recovery in Pierre and Fort Pierre. They're taking care of us. We need to help take care of them and our businesses to get through this as a strong community. Please join us in supporting our local 'Frontline'."

The Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce is an active membership organization that has served the Pierre and Fort Pierre communities since origination as the Pierre Citizens Union in 1881. The Chamber promotes prosperity, growth, and our way of life in the lower Oahe region.
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Thank you to the Pierre-Fort Pierre communities for coming together to support Feeding the Frontline!
Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson's Report
The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to be our main (only) topic of conversation, but everything else pales in importance. The City of Fort Pierre's first official action declared an emergency to (1) allow alternative work arrangements or schedules for employees; (2) closing all City buildings to the public; and (3) holding meetings by teleconference.

A few days later, the Fort Pierre City Council held a special meeting to adopt an emergency ordinance which is very similar to what Pierre adopted. While the vast majority of individuals and businesses take the coronavirus pandemic seriously and act responsibly to protect the health and lives of all of us, there are a few exceptions, and it was our intent to respond out of concern for public health.

In general terms, the ordinance limits public gatherings to ten where there isn't sufficient space to have six feet of separation. The entire ordinance is No. 1041 and can be found on the City website.

I have been pleasantly surprised to receive calls from individuals who are not calling to complain; rather, they are asking about protocols they are putting in place for their event or business, and asking for my opinion on whether those new protocols would fit with the intent of the new ordinance. That was exactly the result we had hoped for.

And of course, life in City Government goes on. We are continuing to plan maintenance projects, such as street repair and chip seal. We continue to monitor water levels through regular contact with the Corps of Engineers (things so far are looking hopeful for a near- normal year, water-wise). We are moving forward with the design and implementation of major improvements to our wastewater lagoon system, working with engineers and the Department of Natural Resources.

On the other hand, there are hard decisions to be made on changes or postponement of planned events, decisions on parks, campground, the swimming pool and other public places, and there will likely not be any major street projects this year. Revenues from sales tax will obviously be impacted by the pandemic, and we don't want to spend money we don't have.

While we wait for our lives to return to normal, please know that the City offices are still staffed, essential work is being done, and your phone call or email message will be answered promptly. There is information on our web site about participating in public meetings. Feel free to call in.

Stay safe, practice good hygiene and social distancing, and support your local businesses. We will get through this!



Capital City Economy
January 2020
Current Month
Same Month 2019
Percent Change
2020 YTD
2019 YTD
Percent Change
CITY TAX RECEIPTS
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pierre 2%
$770,900
$716,039
7.7%
$770,900
$716,039
7.7%
Pierre 1% BBB
$45,248
$41,035
10.3%
$45,248
$41,035
10.3%
Fort Pierre 2%
$88,821
$83,458
6.4%
$88,821
$83,458
6.4%
Fort Pierre 1% BBB
$9,748
$8,657
12.6%
$9,748
$8,657
12.6%
OCCUPANCY TAX
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pierre BID #1
$17,346
$18,022
-3.8%
$17,346
$18,022
-3.8%
AIRPORT BOARDINGS
 
 
 
 
 
 
SkyWest
1,307
328
298.5%
1,307
328
298.5%
DAILY TRAFFIC
 
 
 
 
 
 
Missouri River Bridge
13,246
12,617
5.0%
13,246
12,617
5.0%
US 14 East of Pierre
2,465
2,435
1.2%
2,465
2,435
1.2%
CITY OF PIERRE BUILDING PERMITS
 
 
 
 
 
 
Residential:
New Homes
Stick Built - Number
1
1
1
1
   Dollar Amount
$260,000
$300,000
-13.3%
$260,000
$300,000
-13.3%
Other* - Number
0
0
0
0
   Dollar Amount
$0
$0
0.0%
$0
$0
0.0%
Remodeling
Number
2
4
2
4
   Dollar Amount
$7,000
$86,247
-91.9%
$7,000
$86,247
-91.9%
Commercial:
New Buildings
Number
0
1
0
1
   Dollar Amount
$0
$56,000
0.0%
$0
$56,000
0.0%
Improvements
Number
1
4
1
4
   Dollar Amount
$30,000
$26,988
11.2%
$30,000
$26,988
11.2%
Total Permits**
Number
7
35
7
35
  Dollar Amount
$301,255
$518,248
-41.9%
$301,255
$518,248
-41.9%
HUGHES COUNTY BUILDING PERMITS
 
 
 
 
 
 
Residential:
New Homes
Number
0
0
0
0
   Dollar Amount
$0
$0
0.0%
$0
$0
0.0%
Other* - Number
0
0
0
0
   Dollar Amount
$0
$0
0.0%
$0
$0
0.0%
Remodeling
Number
2
2
2
2
   Dollar Amount
$50,000
$42,000
19.0%
$50,000
$42,000
19.0%
Commercial:
New Buildings
Number
0
0
0
0
   Dollar Amount
$0
$0
0.0%
$0
$0
0.0%
Improvements
Number
0
0
0
0
   Dollar Amount
$0
$0
0.0%
$0
$0
0.0%
Total Permits**
Number
2
2
2
2
   Dollar Amount
$50,000
$42,000
19.0%
$50,000
$42,000
19.0%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WORK FORCE              
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pierre MiSA***
Total Work Force
12,617
12,630
Total Employed
12,197
12,260
Total Unemployed
420
370
Unemployment Rate
3.3%
2.9%
0
* Includes multi-family, mobile and manufactured homes
** Includes residential, commercial, and all other permits.
*** Pierre Micropolitan Statistical Area includes Hughes & Stanley counties
Source: Pierre Economic Development Corporation Research





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
Over the last couple of months, the travel and tourism industry has taken a major hit from the COVID-19 pandemic. The impact to the industry is expected to be about $400 billion, this is seven times what it was after 9/11. Travel and tourism provides millions of dollars in revenue for our state and is an important driver to the economy on a national, statewide and local level.
For South Dakota, the peak infections rate is slated to hit mid-June. Although our state is not in a lockdown situation, Governor Noem is still working on a South Dakota-specific plan to reopen the state's economy. This plan is especially important to the tourism industry and providing guidance to industry partners when it is the right time to open and encourage travel.

In the past, the tourism industry has been resilient and able to recover quickly after facing setbacks and economic stress. Industry partners are optimistic that individuals and families will be eager to get out and travel when its safe. When that time comes, please encourage family and friends to visit Pierre and help our local tourism businesses, attractions and lodging establishments.



Back to Work directives are coming soon. Keep checking our Toolkit for up-to-date information!
Membership Report
Katie Johnson, Membership Director
Have you heard the exciting news? Pierrearea.shopwhereilive.com is your new local online shopping platform! Simply click on the link and begin your shopping experience. You can get a gift certificate from Tibbs Leather Works, a swimsuit from The Alley Exchange, shop electronics from CommTech and pay for it all in just a few simple clicks! When you make a purchase, the money is directly deposited into that businesses account; there is no middle-man or percentage going to a third party. The business will mail the gift certificate or arrange pick up/delivery times with you.

Mark your calendar for the May Day Extravaganza on pierrearea.shopwhereilive.com to support local businesses. All day Friday, May 1st every order over $100 will be put into a drawing to win $100 in Pierre Pride Dollars; there will be FIVE lucky winners throughout the day. We still need to celebrate Mother's Day, graduations, birthdays and holidays - use this time to be #Loyal2Local and support the businesses that make the Pierre-Fort Pierre area a diverse and strong economy.

If your business has not joined Shop Where I Live, now is the time! This site is for EVERY business in the Pierre - Fort Pierre area. You do not need to be a chamber member; if interested, contact me for more information! Help us to help you generate more cashflow during this difficult time.

The Pierre - Fort Pierre communities really do come together in hard times. Please keep purchasing items from our local businesses today, to ensure they are here for us tomorrow!

Stay Healthy,
Katie Johnson

Email Katie Johnson for assistance or more information!
New Members
Pottery Plus
Debbie Jensen
111 E. Capital
Pierre, SD 57501
605) 494-0336

Where you can come and have fun, no experience necessary! Pottery, wood, or canvas painting. Classes available. Add me on instagram @ Pierre Pottery Plus

 
Feeding the Frontline
Loyal 2 Local Family supporters - 3
Loyal 2 Local Individual supporters - 2

We were able to donate $400 to chamber members to help feed the frontline through Branding Iron Bistro, Dairy Queen and Korner Grocery - Thank you for your support!

Member Highlights




South Dakota Missouri River Tourism
Karen Kern ,  CEO
We Are All In This Together!
Coronavirus, COVID-19, Shelter-In-Place, Social Distancing, Community Spread, Stay Home. Words and phrases we've learned in only a short time. And, they've turned our lives upside down in ways we can only imagine. Normal as we knew it is no longer part of our lives.

For tourism businesses this is a very tough and scary time. What is going to happen to the summer, can we apply for PPP money or grants or loans of any kind? Will we be able to make it through the summer with fewer customers?

First of all, don't panic. While this is easier said than done, it will not solve any of our challenges. We need to be looking ahead at marketing and promotion decisions with data and planning. We need to continue to sell our businesses, our region along the river, and our state. At SD Missouri River Tourism we are using the narrative that the river is still here, still beautiful and it will be here when this is over. And, when that happens, we are letting potential visitors know that we will welcome them with open arms. Our goal is to stay in front of the tourist and remind them of who we are and where we are located. Our messaging at this time is done through Social Media. Using the social media platforms, we can change the message quickly.

Research at this moment is showing that road trips will be popular when visitors can move about. Money will be an issue so the trips will possibly be shorter. With that in mind, our marketing will be to states surrounding South Dakota. We will focus on our wide-open spaces, affordable venues, safety and that we have memories awaiting them in Central South Dakota.

We will be honest in our marketing. Creating a virtual travel platform that lets potential visitors know we are affordable and safe and to come tour the wide-open spaces along the river. We have memories waiting for them.

With all of these things in mind, I would encourage you to sit down and make plans for the future. We don't know exactly what will happen, but we do know sometime it will come to an end - and we need to be ready for that. Remembering and planning for a future that most likely will not be as it was. Time to be creative and as positive as we can be. If there is anything SD Missouri River Tourism Association can do, or if you have any questions - give us a call at 605-224-4617.

Remember. . .We Are All In This Together!

Leadership Pierre


The objective of Leadership Pierre's session 8 on April 9th was to gain a better understanding of the agricultural industry in the Pierre/Fort Pierre area communities. Thank you to our Leadership Pierre Champions BankWest and Avera for making these sessions possible.

Chamber Events

Ribbon Cutting
The Chamber is so excited to cut the ceremonial ribbon on our new Pierre-Fort Pierre area shopping platform! Please continue to be #Loyal2Local during this difficult time for businesses as they work steadfast in staying viable. 100% of purchases made on the Shop Where I Live site goes directly to the businesses you purchase from. If you have not gotten your businesses set up to sell yet, we encourage you to do so! Graduation, Mother's Day, birthdays and holidays have not been cancelled - PierreArea.ShopWhereILive.com is a great place to make those gift purhases in one easy location!

Save the Dates!
 

 



The Results Are In...!


May Calendar of Events

May 1 : May Day Extravaganza . Shop local online: pierrearea.shopwhereilive.com. For more information contact: Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce, kjohnson@pierre.org.

May 1 : Family Citizen Science . Facebook Live event: https://www.facebook.com/SouthDakotaDiscoveryCenter/. For more information contact: South Dakota Discovery Center.

May 2 : Early Childhood Training Online- Professional Business Practices . Online. Call 605-773-4755 to register and receive the link. For more imformation contact kpauly@midconetwork.com. $5.00

May 2 : Early Childhood Training - Online - Strategies for Early Literacy Learning . Online. For more information contact: Contact The Right Turn 605-773-4755, kbly@midconetwork.com. $5.00

May 2, 16 : Virtual Itty Bitty Einsteins for ages 3-5 . Zoom event, Registration Required. For more information contact: South Dakota Discovery Center,  https://sd-discovery.org/Classes-and-Events.

May 2 : Early Childhood Training - Online- Cultural Diversity Activities . Online with The Right Turn. For more information contact: The Right Turn 605-773-4755 kbly@midconetwork.com . $5.00

May 2 : Early Childhood Training - Online-Nutrition . Online with The Right Turn. For more information contact: The Right Turn 605-773-4755, kbly@midconetwork.com. $5.00

May 4, 11 : Have a Science Blast with the Discovery Center (Online) . Facebook Live event: https://www.facebook.com/SouthDakotaDiscoveryCenter/. For more information contact: South Dakota Discovery Center. 

May 5, 7, 12, 14 : Be an Explorer . Facebook Live event: https://www.facebook.com/SouthDakotaDiscoveryCenter/. For more information contact: South Dakota Discovery Center.

May 5 : Early Childhood Training - Online - Sanford Harmony . Online with The Right Turn. For more information contact: The Right Turn - 605-773-4755, kbly@midconetwork.com . $5.00

May 7 : Candidate Forum: State Representative Candidates . Facebook Live Event: https://www.facebook.com/PierreAreaChamber/. Email questions to jseiner@pierre.org by May 6.

May 7, 14, 21, 28 : SE Community Center Banquet . SE Community Center, 2315 E Park St., Pierre. For more information contact: 605-224-7244.

May 9, 23 : Virtual Starry Saturdays . Zoom, Registration Required. For more information contact: South Dakota Discovery Center,  https://sd-discovery.org/Classes-and-Events.

May 11 : Online Class for Parents and Caregivers:Understanding Me (Birth to Three) . Online with The Right Turn. For more information contact: The Right Turn 605-773-4755, kbly@midconetwork.com . FREE!

May 12 : Outlook Productivity Training . Capital University Center. For more information: Capital University Center 605-773-2160, gini.grannes@maxwellstrat.com, https://cucpierre.org/. $149 Registration - Group discounts available.

May 13, 27 : Feeding South Dakota -  Mobile Food Pantry Distribution . 2nd Wednesday: River City Transit, 4th Wednesdays: Stanley Co. Fairgrounds. For more information contact: (605) 494-3663.

May 14 : Breastfeeding Class Online . For more information contact: Dawn Tassler 605-280-1968, gut1@dakota2k.net. http://www.growinguptogether.org. $10.00 and scholarships are available. Pre-registration is required.

May 18 : Understanding Me (Birth to Three) Classes for Parents and Caregivers . Online with The Right Turn. For more information contact: The Right Turn, kbly@midconetwork.com. Free

May 19-21 : Leadercast 2020 - Positive Disruption . *NOW ONLINE*. Listen to 3-4 speakers per day (1-1.5 hours per day), for three days. For more information contact: Jamie Seiner, jseiner@pierre.org, Ev Event Pageent Page,  https://live.leadercast.com/. $65

May 20 : Early Childhood Training - Online Collective Leadership . Online with The Right Turn. For more information contact: The Right Turn, kbly@midconetwork.com. $5.00

May 20 : Early Childhood Training - Online - Inclusion . Online with The Right Turn. For more information contact: The Right Turn 605-773-4755, kbly@midconetwork.com. $5.00

May 20 : Early Childhood Training - Online -Enriching Early Literacy . Online with The Right Turn. For more information contact: The Right Turn  605-773-4755, kbly@midconetwork.com. $5.00

May 29 : Early Childhood Training - Online - Toxic Stress/Resiliency . Online with The Right Turn. For more information contact: The Right Turn 605-773-4755, kbly@midconetwork.com. $5.00

May 29 : Early Childhood Training - Online - Toxic Stress/Resiliency . Online with The Right Turn. For more information contact: The Right Turn 605-773-4755, kbly@midconetwork.com. $5.00

May 29 : Early Childhood Training - Online - Inclusion . Online with The Right Turn. For more information contact: The Right Turn  605-773-4755, kbly@midconetwork.com. $5.00

May 29 : Early Childhood Training - Online - Enough Abuse . Online with The Right Turn. For more information contact: The Right Turn, kbly@midconetwork.com. $5.00

May 30 : Capital City BankWest Baseball Tournament . Griffin Park Baseball Field . For more information:     https://www.facebook.com/events/599132643976089/

For future months, go to www.pierre.org