In This Issue


Regional Marketing Grant

FANtasy Contest

Rooster Rush


Share Your Success

Quick Links


Ryan Friez President
Thunder Road, Sioux Falls

Kris Frerk  Vice President
Garretson Commercial Club

Emily Hennigar Secretary
Mitchell CVB

Eric Hortness Treasurer
Madison Chamber

Cindy Gregg at large
Prehistoric Indian Village,

Tim Peterson at large
Broken Willow Lodge, Springfield

Patricia Bornhoffen
National Music Museum, Vermillion

Nicole Bruning
Great Plains Zoo, Sioux Falls

Adam Nelsen
Siouxland Heritage Museums, Sioux Falls

Dave Greenlee
Tuckers Walk Winery,

Holly McCann
Cogan House, Tabor

Kimberly Burg
City of Mitchell

Gary Keller, Exec Director
Cindy Mason, Design Specialist
Casey Tow, Office Manager
Vanessa Barkl, Staff Assistant

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We grow together to make the region stronger.
Southeast  Regional Marketing Grant is Once Again Available
(and its about to set sail!)

This matching grant is available to Southeast South Dakota Tourism members that reside in our region only. SSDTA members outside the Southeast region should apply in the region they reside. You may join SSDTA prior to applying for this grant. Membership dues will not be refunded if your application is not successful.

Funds are available for NEW marketing projects at a 50/50 match. Deadlines must be adhered to. Please read guidelines entirely and submit your application  by email to:

Feel free to call Gary with questions about the grant process.  605-665-2435


Photo Copyright Paul K. Schiller/ Acts of Nature

FANtasy Contest #1 a Roaring Success

Judging by the great analytics of our photo and video posts throughout the first day-long FANtasy Tour, we definitely have a keeper and will do it again! Our July winners toured the Great Plains Zoo, Butterfly House and Falls Park in Sioux Falls. In Mitchell, we hit the Corn Palace and Prehistoric Indian Village and Archeodome. Then finished strong with a tour of Lewis & Clark Recreation Area, Gavins Point Dam, Yankton and dinner at JoDean's Steakhouse. Thanks also again to Country Inn & Suites of Dakota Dunes, Mitchell CVB and Sioux Falls CVB for hosting our guests!

Current Efforts 

Guess what's just around the corner? Paint your business or community ORANGE for our incoming pheasant enthusiasts! SSDTA is preparing a special event to welcome our Fall guests, more details will be forthcoming in the September SSDTA Compass. 
Submit Your Events to SSDTA

We need your events for our online calendar. Submit EventsEvents must be a member of SSDTA for inclusion in our events calendars.
We promote regional events through our publications and website but also through our Visitor ENewsletter that goes to 7,000+ emails monthly. Upcoming events are featured each month along with link to our full calendar and website. We also feature vacation packages and special deals, so be sure to tell us about those.

 Howdy Partner!

Southeast South Dakota Tourism Association works in partnership with the South Dakota Department of Tourism and our other three regional tourism associations to help promote and provide the best visitor experience in the U.S. Find them here:

SHARE Your Southeast Success

Its okay to blow your own horn, really! If you have a fun or interesting story, anecdote, video clip or something unusual and positive that happened at your business or community this summer, share it with us, we'll blast it out on social media. 

Maybe it was a planned "best practice," or spontaneous happenstance whereby one of your visitors got special treatment or a staffer went above and beyond. Its up to you! 

Email the story, pictures or video to: