P ierre Area Chamber of Commerce
 August 2018 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 August 2018 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
Pierre Economic Development Corporation
2018 Investor List
(from 5/26 to 6/21)
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
Midwest Development Inc.


Pierre Mayor Steve Harding's Report
It's very fulfilling to set a goal and then see it realized.
When I became Mayor I knew the City needed to invest in a new City Hall. Our community deserves to have a City Hall it can be proud of, and City staff deserves a work environment that is functional. For the nine years I served as a City Commissioner, the Commission looked for solutions to our City Hall problem. Shortly after I took office as Mayor, we found one.
The Commission was presented with the opportunity to purchase a building that could meet our City Hall needs at a fraction of what it would cost to build one. So, in October of 2017, we pulled the trigger. And nine months later, I am very proud to say that Pierre City Hall has a new home!
On July 30, City Hall started operations at its new location at 2301 Patron Parkway. Following the 2017 purchase, the City has worked hard to remodel it into a facility that meets our operational needs, is welcoming to the public, and is a place we can all be proud to call City Hall.
We had a number of construction contracts in place for the remodel -everything from general contracting to flooring to fire suppression. What you might not know is that, to contain costs of the remodel, City Staff took on additional duties.
Our Parks Department handled the lion's share of the demolition work. Our Electric Department handled the installation of lighting. Our IT Department spent a good portion of the last six months wiring the building for network, security and fire suppression purposes. Our Finance Director teamed up with our Airport Rescue Fire Fighter Coordinator to develop the color palette and interior decorating. Other staff coordinated the clean out of the old City Hall, as well as the disposal of goods. And, of course, our City Administrator led the entire effort.
This was a major undertaking for our staff. Their work at the new City Hall was in addition to their normal workloads. I'm very proud of the effort they put forth, and the results of that work. I know you will be as well!
We're excited to show off our new facility and are planning to host an open house in the near future.
Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson's Report
When we celebrated our Bicentennial last year, we decided early on that we needed to continue the tradition with an annual event. Someone suggested naming the celebration "Trader Days," a bow to Fort Pierre's origins as a trading post. We are proud to announce the first annual Fort Pierre Trader Days, scheduled for August 16-19!
A rodeo is a required component for any major celebration planned in Fort Pierre, so it made sense to plan Trader Days around the State 4-H Finals Rodeo. The area is already filled with hundreds of 4-H members and their families, giving us a ready-made audience.
The theme of the weekly Fort Pierre Farmers Market (Tuesday, August 14) is appropriately themed "Rodeo and 4-H Finals." Kids' activities will be rodeo-related. The fundraiser meal will benefit Downtown Fort Pierre Beautification.
The first Backyard BBQ Competition was held last year at the Expo Center, and organizers are bringing it back, coordinating with the SD Beef Council to provide ground beef and beef brisket for the competitors. The event will be held at Fischers Lilly Park on Saturday, August 18. All proceeds benefit the renovation of the Verendrye Museum. There is still availability for a few more competitors and sponsors. Call Steve at 280-2737 or Deb at 224-4830 for more details.
A vendor art and craft show will be held in Fischers Lilly Park on Friday and Saturday, August 17-18. There are about 35 vendors currently registered, but there is space for more. Contact Callie Iversen (295-4831) with questions.
Fort Pierre is quickly becoming the hub of live outdoor music performances, and Trader Days is no exception. Country rock band Exile will be performing at the Silver Spur on Saturday, August 18, with opening act Danny Hall and the Joe Creek Band. You won't want to miss it.
A downtown carnival, helicopter rides and paddleboat cruises on the Sunset will round out the activities for the weekend. Organizers are collaborating with Fort Pierre businesses to make sure all Trader Days attendees are made welcome. Please join us as we start another great tradition in Fort Pierre!

Pierre Economic Development Corporation 2018
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 - $1,000
Avera Health
First National Bank
Midwest Development Inc.
Montana-Dakota Utilities
Wells Fargo Bank

Gold Investors - $600
A-G-E Corporation
American Bank & Trust
Beck Motor Company
Brosz Engineering Inc.
SD Intrastate Pipeline Co.

Silver Investors - $300
Allied Plumbing and Heating
Anderson Nill & Associates Inc.
Beemer Bartlett Eye Clinic
Dakota Prairie Bank
Delta Dental
Daugherty & Company LLC
Farm Credit Services of America
First National Bank
Fischer Rounds & Associates
Hermanson, Swenson & Rath, DDS, PC
Lariat Lanes
Nystrom Electrical Contracting Inc.
Stulken Petersen Lingle Walti & Jones LLP
Wegner Auto Company

Bronze Investor - $150
Acorn Trust Company, All Around Graphix, American Family Insurance - Boyd Conzemius Agency, AmericInn Hotel & Suites, Anderson Contractors Inc., Anderson Dental, Angel's Salon, Arby's Restaurant, Audiology Associates Inc., BPRO Inc., Baumann Lumber Inc., Bechtold Thompson Dental Clinic, Black Hills Federal Credit Union, Bob's Lounge, Brakke Financial Services, Butler Machinery Co., Capital Area Counseling Service,, Capital City Wine & Spirits, Capital Journal, Central Dakota Eyecare LLP, Century Business Products, Chandlers Inc., Chase Auto & RV, Clausen & Rice LLP, Clubhouse Hotel & Suites, Coca-Cola Bottling Co., CommTech, Cone Ag Inc., Cowboy Country Stores, DJ's Convenience Store, Dakota Business Center, Dakota Radio Group KGFX - KPLO - River 92.7 - 1001.1 The Eagle, Dakota Storm Roofing, Dentistry at the St. Charles, Drifters Bar & Grille, East Pierre Landscape & Garden Center, Envirotech, Factor 360, Feigum Funeral Home, Ferding Electric Inc., Fine Line Auto, Forell Limousine & Bus Service, Fort Pierre Livestock Auction, Foster Rentals, Friman Oil & Gas, Graham Tire Co., Grossenburg Implement, Halverson Hunts LLC, Hughes County Abstract, Ingram Pest Service, Isburg Funeral Chapels, Jake's Goodtimes Place, Jerome Beverage Inc., KCCR 1240 AM - KLXS 95.3 FM, La Minestra, Leingang Home Center, Mad Mary's Steakhouse & Saloon, May Adam Gerdes & Thompson, MicroFix Inc., Midcontinent Communications, Moreno Lee & Bachand PC, Mustang Aviation, Nagel Agency, Northridge Plaza, Northwest Pipe Fittings Inc., Oahe Electric Cooperative, Oahe Federal Credit Union, Oahe Veterinary Clinic, Olinger Law Firm, Olson Plumbing Inc., Overhead Door Company of Pierre, Palmer Currier & Hoffert LLP, Peitz Heating & Cooling, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company, Pergroup, Petersen Motors Inc., Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce, Pizza Ranch, Pryntcomm, Puetz Corporation, Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center, RedRossa Italian Grille, Reinke Gray Wealth Management, River Cities Public Transit, Runnings, SDN Communications, Servall Uniform & Linen, ServiceMaster of Pierre, Smith Plumbing, S.D. Electric Utility Companies, State 123 Theatre, SWS Financial Services Inc., Thielen Surveying & Mapping, TMA of Pierre, US Bank, United Sioux Tribes Development Corp., Weather All Roofing Inc., Wheelhouse Plumbing, Willard & Associates Inc., Willow Creek Wildlife, WW Tire Service, Zesto of Pierre

Individual & Non-Profit Investors - $60
Capital University Center, Fort Pierre Development Corporation, Oahe Incorporated, Pierre Indian Learning Center, Charles P. Schroyer, S.D. Bankers Association, S.D. Chamber of Commerce & Industry, S.D. Community Foundation, S.D. Discovery Center, S.D. Rural Electric Assocation, S.D. Telecommunications Assocation, Pastor Brad Urbach
Capital City Economy
April 2018 Current Month Same Month 2017 Percent Change 2018 YTD 2017 YTD Percent Change
Pierre 2% $641,922 $639,004 0.5% $2,549,234 $2,478,266 2.9%
Pierre 1% BBB $44,988 $43,270 4.0% $169,456 $174,322 -2.8%
Fort Pierre 2% $82,318 $96,927 -15.1% $324,612 $344,766 -5.8%
Fort Pierre 1% BBB $9,075 $10,304 -11.9% $32,866 $37,140 -11.5%
OCCUPANCY TAX            
Pierre BID No.1 $16,142 $17,976 -10.2% $65,762 $66,409 -1.0%
ADI 780 796 -2.0% 3330 3,197 4.2%
DAILY TRAFFIC            
Missouri River Bridge 14033 15,614 -10.1% 52,863 56,653 -6.7%
US 14 East of Pierre 2649 2,939 -9.9% 9,897 10,563 -6.3%
New Homes
Stick Built - Number 0 2 1 2
   Dollar Amount $0 $528,203 0.0% $420,000 $528,203 -20.5%
Other* - Number 0 0 0 14
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $0 $588,000 0.0%
Number 7 6 24 26
   Dollar Amount $52,850 $183,200 -71.2% $163,301 $468,889 -65.2%
New Buildings
Number 0 1 3 2
   Dollar Amount $0 $325,000 0.0% $1,132,647 $2,296,003 -50.7%
Number 0 3 6 16
   Dollar Amount $0 $91,800 0.0% $1,561,971 $514,120 203.8%
Total Permits**
Number 57 69 151 190
   Dollar Amount $310,090 $1,412,681 -78.0% $4,450,179 $5,547,410 -19.8%
New Homes
Number 0 0 2 1
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $460,000 $270,000 70.4%
Other* - Number 0 1 0 1
   Dollar Amount $0 $11,000 0.0% $0 $11,000 0.0%
Number 1 0 8 3
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $128,000 $124,000 3.2%
New Buildings
Number 3 0 3 0
   Dollar Amount $4,500 $0 0.0% $4,500 $0 0.0%
Number 0 0 0 1
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $0 $270,000 0.0%
Total Permits**
Number 6 4 17 13
   Dollar Amount $10,500 $54,500 -80.7% $603,000 $825,500 -27.0%
WORK FORCE                           
Pierre MiSA***
Total Work Force 12,524 12,506
Total Employed 12,159 12,159
Total Unemployed 365 347
Unemployment Rate 2.9% 2.8%
For local job opportunities, visit http://dol.sd.gov/localoffices/pierre
* 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
Retail Briefs
Walmart's online shoppers in Phoenix can use automated cars for pickup
Walmart and Waymo will start testing self-driving cars to take online shoppers to the store to pick up their groceries. The test is launching in Phoenix, and Waymo will also team with other area companies including Avis, AutoNation and Element Hotel to offer self-driving car services. The Washington Post (7/25) 
Stronger economy spurs retailers to start holiday hiring
Retailers including Kohl's and J.C. Penney have already begun advertising for holiday hires, with the improving economy expected to provide plenty of opportunity for people seeking seasonal jobs. "The jobs machine in the United States has really kicked in and that includes retail," NRF Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz said. Los Angeles Times (7/22) 
Report: Retail sales rose in June
Retail sales were up 0.5% in June from the month prior, with May's numbers revised upward to a 1.3% gain, the Commerce Department reported Monday. June sales were up 6.6% year over year, with increases reported for e-commerce, furniture sellers and restaurants and decreases at clothing, supermarket, electronics and appliance retailers. Reuters (7/16)
Walmart expands convenience store concept in Texas
Walmart is opening a new convenience store in Plano, Texas, this week, with three more to open in Arlington, Lake Worth and Lewisville this year, spokeswoman Anne Hatfield said. The stores, located in Walmart Supercenter parking lots, are part of the retailer's efforts to make shopping more convenient, in addition to offerings such as curbside pickup, pickup towers and online delivery. The Dallas Morning News (7/11) 
NRF CEO: New tariffs won't help with trade but will hurt consumers
A new round of tariffs proposed by the Trump administration that could affect prices of goods including furniture, handbags and beauty products won't improve trade issues but would hurt American consumers, NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. "Tariffs don't work, they never worked, and they're not going to work this time either," he said. CNBC (7/11) 
Walmart opens e-commerce center in NYC
Walmart is finally entering New York City, although not via a retail location. It is opening an e-commerce fulfillment center in the Bronx that will be leased by Jet.com, which Walmart purchased two years ago, and Jet.com will use it for same-day and next-day grocery deliveries. The Wall Street Journal (7/10)
CVB Report
Lois Ries, CVB Director

We hope that everyone is having a great summer. Visitors are coming into the area and enjoying all the great events we have had. The weather for Oahe Days was great. Great bands, great food and beverage made it a huge success. Thanks to all the volunteers that help out during this event.
Following Oahe Days weekend we had the Berkley Bassmaster Elite at Lake Oahe presented by Abu Garcia. Along with the tournament we hosted the Great Outdoor Festival. B.A.S.S. reported that more than 11,000 fans turned out in Pierre for the Friday thru Monday events. Again, we couldn't have done this event without the help of volunteers.
And now it's time to start the budget process for the Pierre Convention & Visitors Bureau. In the next couple months, we will be discussing the marketing strategies for 2019. Promoting fishing and hunting takes a large amount of the marketing dollars in our area. We co-op with South Dakota Tourism on marketing to help spread the dollars. ABA, RMI, print advertising and mailings are promoted by the CVB.
We have mailed out the information for the 2019 Pierre Visitors Guide. The Pierre Visitors Guide is the lifeline to visitors coming to Pierre. Give our office a call if you are interested in being a part of this guide. We have distributed over 12,000 guides in 2018.
Enjoy the rest of the summer and make the first impression to visitors a positive one. Wear a smile when greeting people. Hospitality is important when selling your business.
Membership Report
Katie Johnson, Membership Director
Come for Business After Hours, stay for the After Hours Cruise!
August 2nd will be our third Business After Hours event of the year, and you won't want to miss it! The Sunset paddle boat will be our host location, docked at Fischer Lilly Park. The other businesses participating are: The Branding Iron Bistro, South Dakota Discovery Center, Oahe Child Development Center, Northstar Financial, and Pierre Players! Business After Hours starts at 4:30 and will wrap up with 6 drawings for door prizes just before 6pm. It is a free event, open to the public, and a great way to network and learn more about the participating businesses.
When Business after Hours is over, we will prepare to set sail for the After Hours Cruise! If you haven't taken a cruise on the Sunset, this is the perfect chance - it is a beautiful boat ride! The Sunset will leave the dock at 6:30, returning to the dock about 8pm. Tickets are available at the Pierre Area Chamber for $10. We will be selling tickets at Business After Hours - availability permitting - so don't delay and get yours today!
The final Business After Hours for 2018 will be hosted by Drifters Bar and Grill, Thursday October 11th!

New Members
Dakota Western Heritage Festival
PO Box 728
Pierre, SD 57501
DWHF is held in Ft. Pierre, SD the 3rd week in September. Includes 1 day wagon train, cowboy music, poetry, western artisans, and vendors. Celebrates western lifestyle and preserves way of life.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
4801 N. Career Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57102
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute brings together curious people who want to learn for the love of it. No grades, no tests, just fun! OLLI aims to engage the mind, stimulate the senses, and foster learning through an affordable program of classes, travel, lectures, films and active learning opportunities. Classes are offered in the fall, winter and spring.
Prairie Pages Booksellers, LLC
321 S. Pierre Street
Pierre, SD 57501
Prairie Pages is a locally owned bookstore. We are book lovers who want to find books for other book lovers.
Wilde Prarie Rose Boutique
207 E. Capital Ave, Suite 106
Pierre, SD 57501
Offering casual- business clothing for women in sizes small to 3XL. Also offering candles, purses, dip mixes, and fun houseware items.



Chamber Events

Oahe Federal Credit Union
Oahe Federal Credit Union celebrated the opening of their new location at 221 E. Pleasant with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House on July 10.

YMCA Ground Breaking

The YMCA celebrated the beginning of their three-part expansion project with a Ground Breaking Ceremony on July 16.



August Calendar of Events

August 1-16: 2018 School Supply Donation Drive at Edward Jones office of Marc Ulmen 362 S. Pierre Street. Drop off supplies between 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday Through Friday. Contact: Sue Bright, 224-0683 or email sue.bright@edwardjones.com
August 1: Ag Tour 2018 at Rilling's Produce farmland from 5:15 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Cost: $20. Contact: Mallory at the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce 224-7361 or email mgordon@pierre.org
August 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30: Pierre Outdoor Pool Water Exercise Classes from 5:45 p.m.-6:45 p.m. at the Pierre Outdoor Municipal Pool with a variety of classes offered. Cost: $2 per visit or $40 per punch card. Contact: Mindy Cheap, 605-773-7445
August 1: Fitness in the Park from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the Legion for a paddleboard session. Cost: $10 to rent a paddleboard. Contact: Karla, 224-1683
August 2: Miracle Treat Day from 10:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m. at Dairy Queen. $1 from every blizzard sold is donated to Sanford Children's Hospital in Sioux Falls.
August 2: Summer Business After Hours from 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. on the Sunset Paddlewheel. Free and open to the public! Contact: Katie Johnson, 224-7361
August 2: After Hours Cruise from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on the Sunset Paddlewheel. Cost: $10 per person. Contact: Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce for tickets, 224-7361
August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Drifters Summer Patio Sessions from 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Cost: Free.
August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Tales on the River from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at the Ft. Pierre Moose Lodge 910 N. Deadwood Street. Cost: $5 per meal. Contact: Barb Wood, oahehill@goldenwest.net
August 2: Movies in the Park from 9:15 p.m.-11:00 p.m. at Steamboat Park Amphitheater. "Cool Runnings" sponsored by Cone AG. Contact: Mindy Cheap, 773-7445
August 4: Sprint Triathlon from 7:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at Farm Island State Park, with check-in at the swimming beach. Contact: 773-2885
August 4-5: Central SD 4-H Rodeo 49th Annual from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Cost: Free entrance, concessions available. Contact: Regina Maier, 280-0439
August 4: Sibling Readiness Class from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. at Avera St. Mary's Hospital. Cost: $5. Contact: Dawn Tassler, 224-3189
August 4-5: Bow Fishing Tournament from 7:30p.m.-8:00 a.m. with rules meeting in Runnings Parking lot. Cost: $50 per team of up to 3 people. Contact: Kyle Manning, 280-7459
August 5-7: Prairie Winds 4-H Achievement Days at the Joe Schomer Barn on Scotty Phillips Ave (South of Stanley County Fairgrounds), non-livestock exhibits at the Pat Duffy Community Center. Cost: Free. Contact: Crystal Neuharth, 605-685-5860
August 5, 12, 19, 20: Oahe Chapel Ecumenical Sunday Worship Service from 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. at the Oahe Chapel near the Oahe Dam
August 7: Volunteers needed at food bank from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. to assemble senior boxes at Feeding South Dakota 20562 Grace Ave. Contact: Russ or Andrew, 605-494-3663
August 8-9: 2018 Safety & Health Summit at the Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center. Costs vary depending on dates attending. Contact: SD SHRM to sign up or go to https://www.sodakshrm.org/events-1/2018-south-dakota-safety-health-summit
August 14: History and Heritage Book Club from 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the Cultural Heritage Center. Contact: Dorinda Daniel, dorinda.daniel@state.sd.us
August 17-19: SD 4-H Finals Rodeo at the Stanley County Fairgrounds. Cost: free to 7 and under, $8/session or $20 per weekend pass
August 18: Exile with Danny Hall and the Joe Creek Band at the Silver Spur, gates open at 6:30 p.m. with concert beginning at 8:00 p.m.. Contact: Todd or Miles at the Silver Spur for ticket information, 605-494-2100 or go to www.silverspurrestaurant.com
August 23: Pierre Players Membership Kickoff from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at the Grand Opera House 109 S. Pierre Street. Contact: 223-7826
August 23: Breastfeeding class from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at Avera St. Mary's. Cost: $10. Contact: Dawn Tassler, 224-3189.
August 25: End of Summer Riverboat Cruise from 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Boarding begins at 6:30 at Lilly Park boat dock. Cost: $20, kids 13 & under are free. Contact: 224-6572 or www.sdriverboats.com
August 29: Stress and Entrepreneurship: How to be Resilient in Family Business Webinar from 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. from your computer. Cost: no charge for Prairie Family Business Association members, $50 for non-members. Contact: Laura Schoen Carbonneau, 605-274-9531 or email laura.schoencarbonne@usd.edu
For future months, go to www.pierre.org