The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce (“the Chamber”) is a multi-faceted 501(c)6 organization with a vision to be the innovative leader in building consensus and strategies that ensure the economic prosperity and quality of life in the Sioux Falls region. The Chamber is recognized as the region’s premier member-driven business leadership organization, representing over 2,100 member firms with a $6+MM budget. Affiliates include:
Forward Sioux Falls: joint venture economic development partnership between the Chamber and the Sioux Falls Development Foundation. Focused on workforce; development of 820-acre Foundation Park; the USD Discovery District; entrepreneurship; quality of place enhancement; business recruitment, retention and expansion; and air service and international trade.
Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau: this program of the Chamber markets and showcases the City of Sioux Falls and is funded through a 1% hotel room tax along with a BID tax.
Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship: a nonprofit organization owned 50-50 by the Chamber and the Development Foundation; includes lab and office space and supports area entrepreneurs and early stage companies.
Sioux Falls Area Chamber Foundation: promotes educational programs for youth and helps provide funding for a variety of affiliated organization initiatives.
Sioux Empire Housing Partnership: a separate nonprofit, housed in the Chamber building. Promotes increasing the supply of housing for low to moderate income buyers; provides homebuyer and renter education.
Sioux Falls Sports Authority: a separate nonprofit, housed in the Chamber building. Seeks to attract international, national, regional and state sporting events.
Sioux Falls St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza: a separate nonprofit supported by Chamber staff and volunteer planning committee.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota is the largest city in the state, with a population of over 187,000. Located in the southeastern corner of the state at the intersection of I-29 and I-90, the Sioux Falls MSA includes Minnehaha, Lincoln, McCook and Turner Counties, with a total population of over 265,000. The Sioux Falls population increased over 20% from 2010 to today and the growth trend continues.
The Sioux Falls region is the State of South Dakota’s economic engine and benefits from a diverse business climate. Key industries include healthcare, food processing, financial services, agri-business, advanced manufacturing and services along with small businesses and start-up companies. Major employers in the area include Sanford Health, Avera Health, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, Smithfield Foods and Raven Industries. The area’s educational institutions include the University of Sioux Falls, Augustana University, Southeast Technical Institute, USD Community College for Sioux Falls and the Sioux Falls campus of the University of South Dakota’s Sanford School of Medicine. Sioux Falls is the regional hub for business, education, healthcare, retail, services and entertainment.
President & Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) reports to the Chair of the 5-member Executive Committee of the Chamber’s 22-member Board of Directors, which meets monthly. The CEO is also an ex-officio member of the Board as are 7 leaders of educational and governmental organizations. The CEO will lead the Chamber staff, with 7 direct reports and over 60 total employees of the Chamber and CVB; over 25 are either part time employees working with various CVB activities or on the Chamber’s payroll through affiliate relationships.
CEO is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber and its myriad affiliate organizations, with a particular emphasis on the active relationship with the Development Foundation and the Forward Sioux Falls economic development program. The CEO position has a strong external focus, serving as a key spokesperson and advocate for the Sioux Falls regional business community while successfully operating at the highest levels of influence with key government, legislative and business leaders.
Ideal candidate must have a proven track record of success and may come from a variety of backgrounds such as: the top executive within a progressive and effective comparably-sized chamber of commerce, economic development organization, or related significant business association organization; experience as a “#2” or other senior-level executive at a larger like-enterprise as noted above; an executive with a strong record of community involvement from a complex private or public sector entity. Bachelor’s degree is expected; an advanced degree, IOM, CCE, CEcD or CAE desirable.
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