P ierre Area Chamber of Commerce
October 2019 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 October 2019 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
2019 Chamber Board of Directors
Executive Board
Jennifer Anderson - President
Anderson, Nill & Associates
Meredith Lee - President-Elect
Lee Real Estate
Thomas Allerdings - Vice Presient
ClubHouse Hotel & Suites
Russ Hofeldt - Secretary
Feeding South Dakota
Melissa Puepke - Treasurer
First Dakota National Bank
Bryan Beck - Past President
Beck Motor Co.
Board Members
Angie Bollweg
Sanford Health
Paul Bowen
Slumberland Furniture
Mikel Holland
Avera St. Mary's
Aaron Fabel
Cindy Bahe
Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center
Jodie Hickman Anderson
Strategic Association Services
Kristie Maher
South Dakota Discovery Center
Chris McConnell
Black Hills FCU
Dennis Rounds
Ex-Officio Members
Ron Wagner, PEDCO President
Pierre Mayor Steve Harding
Ft. Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson
2019 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
Trace Beck
Beck Motor Co.
Rick Dockter
Ameriprise Financial
Dawn Morris
Morris Inc.
Kim Olson
Sen. Mike Rounds Office
Karl Richards
Avera Medical Associates
Tiffany Sanderson
Gordon Woods
SD Intrastate Pipeline

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

Jim Protexter
Chief Operating Officer
Pierre Economic Development Corporation 
2019 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
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.
First Dakota National Bank
SD Intrastate Pipeline Co.

Silver Investors - $300
Allied Plumbing and Heating
Anderson Nill & Associates Inc.
Bartlett & Weaver Eye Clinic
Clark Engineering Corporation
Dakota Prairie Bank
Delta Dental
Dougherty & Company LLC
Farm Credit Services of America
Fischer Rounds & Associates
Hermanson, Swenson & Rath, DDS, PC
Nystrom Electrical Contracting Inc.
RedRossa Italian Grille
Robins Water Conditioning Inc.
Stulken Petersen Lingle Walti & Jones LLP

Bronze Investors - $150
Acorn Trust Company, All Around Graphix, American Family Insurance - Boyd Conzemius Agency, AmericInn Hotel & Suites, Anderson Contractors Inc., Anderson Dentistry, Angel's Salon, Arby's Restaurant, BPRO 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., Cone Ag Inc., 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, Gateway Ford Lincoln Toyota, Governor's Inn, 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, Leyden and Associates, Linn Real Estate, Mad Mary's Steakhouse & Saloon, May Adam Gerdes & Thompson, MicroFix Inc., Midcontinent Communications, Midwest Cooperatives, Moreno & Bachand PC, Morris Inc., Mustang Aviation, Nagel Agency, 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, Riter Rogers Wattier & Northrup LLP, Runnings, SDN Communications, Servall Uniform & Linen, ServiceMaster of Pierre, Smith Plumbing, S.D. Electric Utility Companies, State 123 Theatre, State Farm Insurance - Becki Potrzeba, Thielen Surveying & Mapping, TMA of Pierre, US Bank, Wheelhouse Plumbing, Willard & Associates Inc., Willow Creek Wildlife, WW Tire Service

Individual & Non-Profit Investors - $60
Capital University Center, Oahe Incorporated, Charles P. Schroyer, S.D. Bankers Association, S.D. Chamber of Commerce & Industry, S.D. Community Foundation, S.D. Development Corporation, S.D. Discovery Center, S.D. Rural Electric Association, S.D. Telecommunications Association, Rev. Jon B. Urbach



President's Report
Jennifer Anderson , Board President
Fall is in the air!  To me, Fall signifies football & changing trees. I spent my first Parents' weekend with my youngest son at SDSU in Brookings last weekend, and I was able to enjoy both of my fall favorites with one of my favorite people!

As we took in the football festivities on Saturday, I was continuously amazed at the community spirit on "game day" in Brookings. All the hotels and restaurants were full, everywhere you looked people were dressed in SDSU blue & gold. Downtown stores were filled with wall-to-wall shoppers. It was truly a sight to behold! It didn't take me long to catch the bug, either. My son had to draw the line at face tattoos for the game!

I thought to myself, "Why does it take a D1 Football Team to draw this kind of enthusiasm?" "What could the Pierre area do to guarantee a regular influx of patrons who are ready to spend money and band together for one common purpose?" We certainly have our own powerhouse of sports teams. We also have our beautiful parks and walking trails, various community clubs and organizations. Maybe we can key in on seasonal events to showcase our Superstars. Every organization has their own fundraiser or community event to draw participants. But how can we get our communities to band together to show our visitors this spectacular experience?

I can safely say I will be attending another Jacks Football game, if for no other reason than to feel the excitement in the air and be a part of a unified group of fans! Let's challenge ourselves and our community leaders to share this same experience to our own visitors! After all, we are Loyal to Local!

Pierre Mayor Steve Harding's Report
The City of Pierre has a balanced budget. The City Commission passed next year's $57-million budget in mid-September. And I'm happy to report that for the second year in a row, we have been able to do that without raising electrical rates.

This commission came to the table knowing that revenues, primarily sales tax receipts, have remained flat. Knowing that, we all understood that we needed to take a conservative approach that would still allow us to provide Pierre citizens with the services they expect and quality of life items they enjoy.

To that end, the $57 million budget will be used for operating expenses like street construction, recreational programming and purchasing electricity. The City also intends to replace several pieces of aging heavy equipment and expand parking at the Pierre Regional Airport.

Thanks to some state and federal grants, the City is able to continue park system improvements. In 2020, the City plans to reconstruct a portion of the walking trail that runs through Griffin Park near the swim beach.
If you think that all sounds pretty routine, you're right. It is! But that doesn't mean that's all we have going on in the City of Pierre.

Our major projects, like the building of a water treatment facility, the renovation of the Boys and Girls Club, major rehabilitation at our wastewater treatment plant, and a new outdoor swimming pool are all in the works. Fortunately, all of these big projects had funding mechanisms established outside of the 2020 budget. And many of them, like the water treatment facility, the outdoor pool replacement, and a new Missouri River Bridge will serve the people of Pierre for the next 50 to 75 years -or longer!

Pierre is really moving forward, and the City will do its best to keep you updated on all the progress we're making!

Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson's Report
We have received numerous questions on the impact to Fort Pierre due to the increased discharges from the Oahe Dam. Residents frequently compare 2019 with 2011 in trying to estimate water levels on their property. As City Engineer Rick Hahn would point out, it's tough to compare the two, as there is not a direct correlation of flows to elevation when water spreads out of the main channel and onto the flood plain.

Briefly said, we are not greatly concerned about flooding at this point. I am personally more concerned about the potential for another wet spring if Lake Oahe levels can't be reduced significantly.

Based on information provided by the US Army Corps of Engineers, we can expect discharges of 61,000 cubic feet per second at midnight and approximately 63,000 CFS at peak discharge during the day, which puts the water at an elevation of around 1428 feet. (This is based on survey data collected this summer; however, many variables can affect the end result.)

Rick has put together a summary of the expected general impact on the City at the 1428 level:
  • Our sanitary sewer will have additional infiltration due to ground water seeping into sewer systems and sump pumps pumping into sewer system (which, by the way, is illegal--Please do not discharge sump pumps into sanitary sewer system).
  • Our storm sewer system is filling with river water and capacity to prevent storm water flooding from local rain events will be reduced.
  • Some cul-de-sacs along the river may have river water standing on the pavements and Marina Drive valley gutter will have river water extending into the driving lanes.
  • The ditch along Yellowstone south of Stanley Road will have water near the edge of the road surface.
  • The grass meadow on the west side of Skerrols Street will have increased water depth.
  • Marian's Garden canal will be approximately 6" above the dead grass line or about 18" to 24" above the wall.
  • Whispering Shores canal wall will be approximately 6-12" above wall.
  • Compton's Cove will be aproximately 6-12" below the stop of the wall.
The Frontier Road area would be impacted at approximately 70,000 CFS, with properties on the west side of Frontier Road having standing water from ground seepage.

We will continue to monitor the situation and respond accordingly. Please feel free to call Rick Hahn or me (223-7690) with questions. Or e-mail him at r.hahn@fortpierre.com. My e-mail address is mayorhanson@fortpierre.com.

Capital City Economy
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Fort Pierre 2%
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Pierre BID #1
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Source: Pierre Economic Development Corporation Research

Pierre Economic Development Corporation
Beyond Meat's Pea Protein Supplier Receives Additional $75 Million Investment from Cargill
CNBC - Beyond Meat 's pea protein supplier has received an additional $75 million investment from Cargill, one of North America's largest beef processors.
Puris, the continent's largest pea protein producer, will be able to more than double its pea protein production at a plant in Dawson, Minnesota. Puris also operates the pea processing facility constructed by PEDCO near Harrold.
The company buys peas from farmers who grow the crop using its proprietary seed and then extracts pea protein from them. As a result of the investment announced Wednesday, Puris will now own and operate three facilities in North America that focus solely on pea protein production. The investment will also add approximately 90 jobs.
Cargill and Puris signed a joint venture agreement in January 2018 to accelerate the production of pea protein with a $25 million investment from the agricultural giant.
Since then, Beyond Meat has significantly ramped up production of its meat substitutes, which use peas as its primary source of protein. In Beyond's second quarter, revenue from restaurants and food service surged 483% from a year earlier, and revenue from grocery stores soared 192%.
Puris is not Beyond's sole pea protein supplier. According to company filings from July 31, it also sources pea protein from Roquette, which is based in France.
Beyond products have landed on the menus of fast-food chains like Subway and Dunkin' . KFC, which is owned by Yum Brands , said Tuesday that the single Atlanta location testing plant-based Beyond fried chicken sold out of the item in less than five hours .
Beyond's meat substitutes appeal to flexitarians - people looking to consume less meat - because they more realistically mimic the taste and look of meat products.
"When you look at what the market needs, consumers are demanding more," Puris President and CEO Tyler Lorenzen said on CNBC's "Squawk Alley" Wednesday, Aug. 28.
Lorenzen added that he believes pea farmers will be able to meet the exploding consumer demand. The expected growth in the meat alternative market has sent Beyond's stock surging 528% since its May initial public offering.

Gov. Noem Announces South Dakota Week of Work April 20-24
Pierre, S.D. - The South Dakota 
Week of Work is scheduled for April 20-24, 2020, with the goal of introducing 10th grade students to career opportunities in their communities through job shadows, industry tours, and other business-classroom connections. The week will provide employers opportunities to engage with youth and develop connections with the state's future workforce.
 "As I talk with businesses owners and employers throughout the state, I hear the same thing over and over. They tell me that business is good and they'd like to expand, but they can't find skilled workers to fill the jobs that are open," said Gov. Noem. "Our Week of Work will help fill that gap and expose students to the opportunities available to them right here in South Dakota. Work-based learning works. It helps our young people learn the soft skills they need, like showing up on time, dressing professionally, and interacting with customers."
 Throughout the fall, businesses across the state will be recruited and asked to offer job shadow opportunities, and in the spring, schools will register their participating 10th grade students.
 "I'd like to encourage each business and employer in South Dakota to join this effort. Consider how your business can contribute to developing the next generation of South Dakota's leaders. Think about the ways you can encourage students to tap into their potential and experiment with high-demand careers right here at home," concluded Gov. Noem.
Schools with existing work-based learning programs are encouraged to use the week to celebrate the great work they're already doing by holding activities like "signing days" for high school seniors to announce their chosen career paths or special recognitions of students who have completed internships or earned scholarships.
The South Dakota Week of Work is a partnership of the Department of Education, the Department of Labor and Regulation, the Governor's Office of Economic Development, the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the South Dakota Retailers Association.
Find more information at sdweekofwork.com.

Notice of PEDCO Annual Meeting
The PEDCO board of directors has begun planning its Annual Meeting, which by rule will be held in November.

The main purpose of the annual meeting is to elect nominees to the board of directors. A nominating committee will develop the slate of nominees to be printed in the November newsletter. Members interested in consideration by the nominating committee may contact PEDCO at  jim@pedco.biz.

The annual meeting will also include an update on corporation activities, the nomination of officers and the presentation of the corporation's annual Vernon Award for Excellence.

All active PEDCO members will be receiving an invitation as soon as the details have been finalized. Lunch will be provided. Please watch for your invitation in the mail in late October.

List Your Available Building or Office Space with PEDCO
Pierre building  owners are welcome to list their available office or commercial space on the PEDCO website at no charge.

To list your property with PEDCO, simply email jim@pedco.biz. We will send you a form to complete along with a request for quality digital photos of the building or offices. An example can be found at www.pedco.biz under the Real Estate tab and blue "Available Commercial Buildings and Land" box on the right. All we ask is that you let PEDCO know when the building or space is no longer available so we can keep our information accurate.
Retail Briefs
Luxury brands could struggle to build sales with US millennials
China's millennials are continuing to grow their spending on luxury labels, backed by big household savings accrued by their parents. Luxury brands could have a tougher time winning US millennials, who are coping with high student loan debt and have much lower savings rates than their counterparts in China. The Wall Street Journal (9/15)
Report: US retail sales grew 0.4% in August
US retail sales rose by a seasonally adjusted 0.4% in August, according to the Commerce Department, beating economists' forecast for a 0.2% increase. The report shows a 1.6% month-over-month increase in sales for nonstore retailers, a segment that includes online shopping. The segment gained 16% compared with last year. The Wall Street Journal (9/13)
Amazon to open US' first multi-story fulfillment center
Amazon has leased a 500,000-square-foot space in Seattle for its first multi-level fulfillment center, in a move aimed at speeding delivery in densely populated areas. The three-story facility, which is the first such one in the US, will be outfitted with freight elevators to move forklifts and ramps that let trucks pull up to second-floor loading docks. The Wall Street Journal (9/10)
Target, Walmart, Dollar Tree take various approaches to tariffs
Target's letter last week telling some national suppliers the retailer expects them to manage the higher costs associated with new tariffs on goods from China is part of a larger effort by the retailer to avoid raising consumer prices, a Target spokeswoman said. The retailer and others, including Walmart and Dollar Tree, are taking a variety of steps to manage the effects of higher tariffs. The Wall Street Journal (9/4)
Walmart plans clinic to offer a variety of health services
Walmart is pushing further into primary care with the debut in September of a Walmart Health clinic in Dallas, Ga., that will also offer hearing, dental care, vision testing and mental health counseling sessions. "I would put this in the broad category of retailers looking for services that give them opportunity for growth," said Galileo Health CEO Tom Lee, who also founded One Medical. Business Insider (8/30)
Walmart turns to kids to pick the hottest holiday toys
Walmart has released its list of the 48 hottest toys for the holidays -- a kid-curated roster that includes some products exclusive to the retailer. A version of perennially popular Sesame Street character Elmo made the list, as did the Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak and the Barbie Dreamplane. Business Insider (8/28)
Retailers cracking the code of back-to-school sales
Westfield Garden State Plaza in New Jersey is an example of how retailers have caught up with back-to-school shopping trends, displaying late-summer clothes instead of winter wear and advertising fewer large discounts. Back-to-school sales are expected to drop to $26.2 billion this year but reach a record per-family high of $696.70. Forbes (8/28)

CVB Report
Lois Ries, Convention & Visitors Bureau Director
In September, I went before the Pierre City Commission with my report on what went on in 2019 and what we are proposing for 2020.

Through funding from the City of Pierre in 2019 the Convention & Visitors Bureau were able to accomplish the following:
  • We were able to attend the American Bus Association. This event allows us to meet face-to-face with tour operators from around the country in pre-scheduled appointments. We talk about all that we have to offer to bus groups. Each year we have more bus groups wanting to meet with us. We have attributed our affiliation with ABA with groups that are coming into Pierre. We work with these groups in getting them information about Pierre.
  • We also attended International Roundup in Spearfish. This tradeshow event is put on by tour offices in South Dakota, Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming. The event consists of two days of intensive pre-scheduled business appointments where every regional organization and every international tour operator/buyer are guaranteed to meet. Through this event we hope to increase international visitation. I met with 42 tour operators from Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, The UK, and Ireland.
  • We again co-op'd with SD Tourism on several projects. Spring and Fall Great Getaways, Giant Step Program and National Travel and Tourism Week were a few of those co-ops. We also continue with the Group Tour Co-op through SD Tourism. The CVB partners wherever possible to get a better use of the money we spend. We try to keep overhead low so that we can put the majority of the funding to work in marketing the city.
  • The CVB did mailings to anglers and hunters. These sponsored mailings go out to anglers and hunters from names given to us by Game, Fish and Parks. We target North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska. Nine area businesses help to sponsor each mailing.
  • Oahe Days was held in Steamboat Park in June. We promote this event on TV. Thousands of people were at the event this year. We had great weather this year. There are many events planned around Oahe Days thus filling our hotel rooms and area lodges. 
  • We will be doing some events for Rooster Rush this year to get area businesses involved in welcoming hunters to the area. This event is held the week of October 15-18.
  • In November we will be running TV ads for Christmas at the Capitol. Thousands of people come to the Capitol to see the trees year after year. Last year Christmas at the Capitol was named one of the 10 most travel worthy Christmas tree displays across the US by USA Today. Others on that list were the White House Christmas tree, the tree in Rockefeller Center and other tree events in Texas, Boston, Ohio, Nevada, Pennsylvania and California. Another list that Christmas at the Capitol made was the list that it was named one of the 9 most dazzling Christmas trees around the world by Matador Network. Other locations that were mentioned were those in Mexico, New York, Florida, Brazil, France, Italy, Lithuania, and Taiwan. One of the other lists this event made was the most Instagramable Christmas tree displays.
  • Our office continues to reach out to lodging and industry partners in the area via phone, mailings and personal visits. Monthly, we send out postcards of upcoming events so that businesses will be prepared for the influx of visitors.
  • This year we welcomed the Boys State Hockey Tournament, State U14 baseball tournament, SD State Bowling Conference, SDEMA, the SD Cattlemens Association and many other conventions, conferences and sporting events to Pierre. We also welcomed visitors from the Netherlands through a familiarization tour put on by SD Tourism. Also, after the International Roundup in May, a group of tour operators traveled to Pierre to experience what we have to offer here - a great steak dinner and a ride on the Sunset with tours of the Cultural Heritage Center and the Capitol building. It was a huge hit for the tour operators. These welcomes are financed in part through funding from the CVB.
  • A new tourism venture for us are the sunflowers. This fall we have arranged several tours for tour operators to come and experience the flowers. They also enjoyed lodging, wonderful food and went on tours of the Capitol. We work with SD Tourism on this and we are hoping this turns out to be a new agricultural tour for some of the visitors that they represent.
The Visitor Guide is our #1 marketing tool. About 15,000 guides have been given out this year. The guide covers events, attractions and history of the Pierre area. 

With media placement, mailings and travel to ABA we are spending more than ever on marketing. We will continue in 2020 with many of the plans we did this past year. New plans for 2020 are:
  • International Roundup - We usually do this show every four years. We would like to continue yearly with this in attracting the foreign market.
  • TV promotion of Christmas at the Capitol. We will be producing a new ad for Christmas at the Capitol. 
  • We need updated pictures of events, everyday living and attractions in our area. This includes a video of the city.
  • We will help to sponsor sporting events, conferences and conventions to our area.
  • Several tour groups will be coming to Pierre in 2020. We help those groups our with lodging and attraction information; we create itineraries, greet the tours and help with step-on guides. 
  • In 2020, the Sturgis Rally will be celebrating its 80th anniversary. Plans are underway to attract some of those folks our way.
  • Special Olympics will be here next year. Also, State AA Girls Golf Tournament will be here along with many other events in the spring.
  • A rise in costs for printing and daily office expenses such as postage and insurance round out the list of rising costs int he CVB office.
Our office is very hands-on with the Pierre Business Improvement District. The CVB aids with the marketing side of the BID. We have worked with South Dakota Tourism and Lawrence & Schiller and started ad campaigns for the peak season in Pierre and are working on the marketing program for the shoulder season.

We also will see advertising in  South Dakota Magazine. We attract Bucket Listers in the markets of Minnesota, Iowa, Omaha and Denver. The CVB handles the small grant money to groups interested in holding their events in Pierre. Such groups this past year were Oahe Days, Women's State Bowling Tournament, SD 4-H High School Finals Rodeo, 4-H Youth Rodeo Finals, Dakota Western Heritage Festival, Winter Fishing Weekend and Post 8 Legion Baseball.

This past winter we coordinated 5 hunting and fishing shows that Pierre had a booth at. They included shows in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and Pheasant Fest in Illinois.  It is very important to get in front of people and tell them that Pierre is open and ready for business. Our hunting and fishing are again becoming the best.

The marketing dollars spent by the CVB has a direct impact on our local economy. The money invested now with the CVB will build the dollars spent in the community in the years to come.
Membership Report
Katie Johnson, Membership Director
It's October - my favorite time of the year! The hoody sweatshirts, the crisp air, and of course all the beautiful fall colors. I couldn't imagine living in a place where the seasons didn't change!

October is also the beginning of PHEASANT season, and Rooster Rush is alive and well in the Pierre, Ft. Pierre area! Every year we greet hunters at the airport with coffee and treats. It is our way of saying 'thank you' for coming to the Pierre area to hunt and making our little corner of the world a part of their memories and traditions.

Tradition is a big part of hunting; every year the Convention and Visitors Bureau encourages businesses to participate by decorating their store fronts for the hunting season - also known as Orange Spirit Day. Simply decorate your store front, call us to schedule a time to come take a picture of your display with your staff, and you will be entered into a contest of who has the best Orange Spirit! Many of you have done this for years, and we would like to encourage everyone to participate. It is a great way to welcome visitors into our communities and let them know we appreciate their patronage.

It isn't too early to start thinking about the Parade of Lights, either. The event will be Monday, November 25th - mark your calendars! We kick off the holiday season with the parade, followed by the lighting of the trees at the Capitol Building on Tuesday, November 26th. Regular hours for Christmas at the Capitol begin on Wednesday, 8am to 10pm every day until December 26th. Thanksgiving is that Thursday, the 27th, followed by shop small Saturday on November 30th! It is a great time of year to be in Pierre; we hope to see your float in the parade and being Loyal2Local this shopping season!

New Members
King Electric
29684 SD-34
Pierre, SD 57501
Contact Matt for all your electrical contracting needs. 
St. Charles Lounge
207 E. Capital Ave Suite 109
Pierre, SD 57501
Enjoy your next glass of wine at the newly remodeled St. Charles Lounge.
Member Highlights

Please contact Mallory if your business or organization is celebrating something 
at  mgordon@pierre.org or 605-224-7361.

South Dakota Missouri River Tourism Update
Karen Kern, Executive Director of SDMRT
20207 SD Hwy 1804
PO Box 786
Pierre, SD 57501
Why Do People Travel?
In researching why people travel I came across an article that I found quite interesting. Of course, people have bucket lists of where they would like to go - and they plan their trips in advance, looking at web sites, reading print materials and through social media. But, whatever the traveler comes up with, there were some others factors that went into the decision.

People want to challenge themselves. Maybe they're stuck in a rut and want to find an adventure that is completely different and exciting. It's feeling pride when they accomplish or finish the adventure that was so different than their daily life.

Some individuals travel to learn. Maybe it's new food, something unique, visiting a different culture or learning new customs. Experiencing all this in real life instead of simply reading about it guarantees the learning experience will stay with them forever.

There is no one way to live life. The traveler will find out there's a whole new wide world around them - one they never knew existed. So, they come away from their trip expanding their point of view.

Some travelers are looking for ways to let their mind wander and find themselves. To get in touch with who they are can be a very strong emotion. So, they will be looking for a peaceful, calm place to come away with their enthusiasm back. They want to get grounded again.

A traveler may want a real adventure and a completely new experience than daily life provides. Getting the thrill of something so different than the everyday - something they can't find in the area where they live. Those adventurous memories will last for a lifetime.

How does your marketing fit into these reasons for why people travel? You can't be everything to everyone, so where does your community or business fit in this travel and tourism world. Appealing to and marketing to the reasons why people travel just makes good sense.
Leadership Pierre

The Leadership Pierre class of 2019-2020 kicked off the program with a meet & greet gathering on the Sunset Paddle Wheeler on Tuesday, September 10th. On the 12th, Session 1 focused on business, financial and professional development. The objective of the day was to learn more about growing as a professional, bringing and retaining business to the Pierre area, exploring the banking industry, and a dive into the history and current downtown businesses.

Chamber Events

Imagine This! Tour of Homes
Appreciation Boat Ride
The Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce hosted an appreciation cruise on the Sunset Paddle Wheeler to thank our board and committee members for their hard work and dedication to the Chamber, our mission and initiatives. Thank you!

2019 Harley Raffle Winner
Congratulations to our 2019 annual Harley Raffle Giveaway winner, Becki Potrzeba!!

Save the Dates!

October Calendar of Events

October 1, 2, 3, 4, 5: Pierre Players present DRACULA. Friday, September 27, 2019 at 7:30 PM; Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 7:30 PM; Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 2:00 PM; Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 7:30 PM; Friday, October 4, 2019 at 7:30 PM; Saturday, October 5 7:30 PM. Grand Opera House, 109 South Pierre Street. General Members $15.00, Senior/Students $13.00, Preview on September 25, 2019 at 7:30 PM, $5.00 for all ages. For more information email: info@pierreplayers.com

October 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31: Adult Education and Literacy Classes from 3:00 - 7:00 PM on Mondays & Wednesdays and 8:30 - 11:45 AM on Tuesdays & Thursdays at The Right Turn, 115 E. Sioux Ave. To register, call (605)773-4755 or email kpauly@midconetwork.com .  Free to attend if over 18.

October 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30: "Seasoned Citizens" Chair Workouts. Tuesdays through November 12, 2019 from 9:00 - 9:45 AM at Pierre Senior Center; Fridays through December 20, 2019 from 10:00 - 10:45 AM at Parkwood Apartments. Contact Mindy Cheap, Recreation Superintendent, at (605)773-7445 for more information. Free for Senior Center members and Parkwood residents. For all others, $12 for one day per week and $24 for 2 days per week.

October 1, 3, 7, 8, 10, 14, 15, 17, 21, 22, 24, 28, 29, 31: Reading Buddies . Mondays from 12:45 - 1:15 PM at Buchanan Elementary; Tuesdays, from 1:45 - 2:15 PM at Kennedy Elementary; Thursdays, 10:00 - 10:30 AM at Pierre Indian Learning Center; the first Monday of each month from 2:30 - 3:00 PM at Blunt Elementary; Thursdays from 12:45 - 1:15 PM at Stanley County Elementary. Contact Teri Royer at (605)224-3337 for more information. Volunteers needed.
October 1: Volunteers needed at food bank from 5:30 - 7:30 PM at Feeding South Dakota, 20562 Grace Avenue. Contact Feeding SD at (605)494-3663 for more information.

October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Spanish Classes for Kids. Tuesdays from 6:00 - 7:30 PM at Capital University Center, 925 East Sioux Avenue, Pierre. Contact CUC at (605)773-2160 to register. $150 plus book and workbook.
October 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30: Zumba Gold. Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 - 9:45 AM at the Oahe Family YMCA's Multipurpose Room. Last class is December 18, 2019. Contact Mindy Cheap at (605)773-7445 for more information. Free for Senior Center and Y members, $12 for one day a week or $24 for two days per week.
October 2, 7, 9, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30: Zumba Gold. Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 - 9:45 AM at the Oahe Family YMCA's Multipurpose Room. No class on October 14 or November 11. Last class is December 17, 2019. Contact Mindy Cheap at (605)773-7445 for more information. Free for Senior Center and Y members, $12 for one day a week or $24 for two days per week.
October 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30: English as a Second Language. Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:45 - 7:15 PM at The Right Turn, 115 E. Sioux Avenue, Pierre. To register, call (605)773-4755 or email kpauly@midconetwork.com . Free.
October 2: Mabel's Family Support Group - Alzheimer's & Dementia from 12:00 - 1:00 PM at Edgewood. Contact Katie Nagle at (605)494-3400. Free to attend, $7 for lunch (please RSVP).

October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: River City Toastmasters. Wednesdays from 12:10 - 12:50 PM at Lutheran Memorial Church, basement conference room. Contact Brian Underdahl at (605)220-1003 for more information. Free.

October 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30: GED Class. Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00 - 7:00 PM at The Right Turn, 115 E. Sioux Avenue, Pierre. Call (605)773-4755 to register.
October 2, 9, 16, 23: Understanding Me (Birth to Three) Class for Parents and Caregivers. Wednesdays from 7:00 - 9:00 PM. This is an online class. Computers are available at The Right Turn. Call (605)773-4755 for more information. Free.

October 2: Stanley American Legion Post 20 Monthly Meeting from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at Moose Lodge. Email Royce Loesch for more information: royceloesch@gmail.com

October 3, 17: Breast Cancer Survivors from 12:00 - 1:00 PM at 415 S. Crow Street, Pierre. Call (605)945-0827 for more information.

October 3: Eat Pizza! Preserve History! From 5:00 - 8:00 PM at Pizza Ranch, Fort Pierre. Email Dorinda Daniel for more information: dorinda.daniel@state.sd.us

October 3: American Legion Post 8 Dinner and Meeting from 6:00 - 9:00 PM at American Legion, 520 S Pierre St, Pierre. Contact Ron LeBeau at (605)224-2681 for more information.

October 5, 12, 19 26: Capital City Farmers Market. Saturdays from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Corner of Sioux & Coteau. Contact Lindy Geraets at (605)222-1290 for more information.

October 5: Faith Lutheran Country Fair from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM at Faith Lutheran Church, 714 North Grand, Pierre. For more information, contact Kristy Deal at (605)280-7004 or Jan Larson at (605)280-0862. Free.

October 5: Uncork the Cure from 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM at Drifters, Fort Pierre. Contact Emily at (605)220-5014 for more information. VIP tickets $100, General Tickets $60.

October 5: Todd Green at the American Legion starting at 7:00 PM. Admission: $10

October 6: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Walk from 2:00 - 3:30 PM, beginning at Avera St. Mary's Hospital and ending at Faith Lutheran Church. Contact Vona Johnson at (605)280-7565 for more information.

October 7, 14, 21, 28: Basic Dog Obedience Class. Mondays from 6:30 - 7:30 PM through November 11, 2019. Contact CUC at (605)773-2160 for more information. $40 per dog.

October 7: Canvasback Art Club from 7:00 - 9:00 PM at Rawlins Library. Contact Bev Letellier at (605)224-7993 for more information.

October 8: Chamber's Hospitality Committee Meeting from 4:00 - 5:00 PM at the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce boardroom, 800 West Dakota Ave, Pierre. Contact the Chamber at (605)224-7361 for more information.

October 8, 15, 22, 29: Common Sense Parenting from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at Oahe Child Development Center (Head Start Building) 23017 E Capitol Ave, Pierre. Contact Dawn Tassler at (605)224-3189 for more information. Free.

October 8: Author Talk with Richmond Clow from 7:00 - 8:00 PM at the Cultural Heritage Center, 900 Governor's Drive, Pierre. Email Dorinda Daniel for more information: dorinda.daniel@state.sd.sd

October 11-13: 2019 Stately Stitchers Fall Retreat at First United Methodist Church, TCC Room. For more information contact Pam Hoepfer at (605)280-0443 or Barb Friedman at (605)224-6482.

October 11: Swisher's Dance Club from 7:30 - 11:00 PM at American Legion Cabin, Pierre. Contact Bev at (605)220-1401 for more information. $10 at the door.

October 11-12: 10th Annual "R U TUF ENUF to Eat Pink" Fundraiser for the American Cancer Society from 5:00 - 10:00 PM at Cattleman's Club Steakhouse, 29608 SD Hwy 34, Pierre.

October 14: Central SD Survivors of Suicide Support Group from 6:30 - 8:00 PM. Email Julie Moore for more information: mailto:julie.moore@avera.org

October 15: Edgewood Healthcare Presents Speaker: Marty Schreiber from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at Community Bible Church, 1516 N Harrison Avenue, Pierre. Contact Edgewood at (605)494-3400 for more information. Free.

October 17: Fall Business After Hours from 4:30 - 6:00 PM at Helmsley Center, Avera St. Mary's Hospital, 801 E. Sioux Avenue, Pierre. Contact the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce at (605)224-7361 for more information.

October 17: Dementia Caregivers Support Group from 6:00 - 7:00 PM at 415 S. Crow St. Call (605)945-0827 for more information.

October 17: Red Cross CPR Training from 6:00 - 8:30 PM at the Oahe Family YMCA. Call (605)773-4755 for more information. $30 for state-registered childcare providers, $50 for all others.

October 17: Author Talk with Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve from 7:00 - 8:00 PM at the Cultural Heritage Center, 900 Governor's Drive, Pierre. Email Dorinda Daniel for more information: dorinda.daniel@state.sd.sd

October 19: Childbirth Class from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Avera St. Mary's Hospital Cafeteria Conference Room. Contact Dawn Tassler at (605)224-3189 for more information. $40 to register, scholarships available.

October 19: Childcare Provider Training at The Right Turn, 115 E. Sioux Avenue, Pierre. 9:00 - 10:30 AM: "Guidance and Behavior," $5; 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM: "Growth and Development," $5; 1:15 - 3:15 PM: "Developing a Safe Sleep Policy," Free. Call (605)773-4755 for more information.

October 19: 4th Annual Fall Festival from 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM at East Pierre Landscape and Garden Center, 5400 SD Hwy 34, Pierre (across from Farm Island State Park). Contact East Pierre Landscape at (605)224-8832 for more information.

October 19: Self Defense for Everyone from 2:00 - 5:00 PM at the Oahe Family YMCA. RSVP by October 15 with Missouri Shores at (605)224-0256. Free.

October 20: Underwater Pumpkin Patch from 12:15 - 12:45 PM at Pierre Aquatic Center. For more information contact Mindy Cheap, Recreation Superintendent, at (605)773-7445.

October 21: Bariatric and Weight Loss Support Group from 7:00 - 8:00 PM at Sanford Clinic. Contact Angie Bollweg at (605)945-5560 for more information. Free

October 24: Pierre Area Right to Life Meeting from 6:30 - 8:00 PM at Birth Right Facility, 318 South Henry, Pierre. Email Irma LeFaive for more information: irl60@hotmail.com

October 24, 31: Spanish Conversation Course. Thursdays through November 21, 2019 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at capital University Center, 925 E. Sioux Avenue, Pierre. To register, contact CUC at (605)773-2160. $130 course fee plus book cost.

October 24: Candlelight Vigil for those who have lost their lives to domestic violence and to celebrate the survivors from 6:30 - 7:30 PM at Lutheran Memorial Church. Contact Missouri Shores at (605)224-0256 for more information.

October 25-27: Governor's Hunt. Contact SD Governor's Office of Economic Development at (605)773-4633 for more information.

October 26: Early Education Training with Jim Gill from 12:30 - 3:30 PM at First United Methodist Church, 117 N central Avenue, Pierre. Register by emailing: capitolconnectionsSDAEYC@gmail.com . $10 per person at the door.

October 26: Family Concert with Jim Gill from 6:00 - 7:00 PM at First United Methodist Church, 117 N central Avenue, Pierre. Meal provided for the first 200 guests from 4:30 - 5:30 PM. For more information email  capitolconnectionsSDAEYC@gmail.com . Free.

October 31: TRUNK-or-TREAT from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at Dakota Prairie Bank parking lot. For more information contact Megan or Molly at Dakota Prairie Bank: (605)223-2337. Free to attend and participate.
For future months, go to www.pierre.org