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Sioux Falls’ workforce development program invests in people and strengthens workforce

The City of Sioux Falls has launched a Workforce Development Pilot Program to support and explore activities to drive workforce growth and development within the community. The pilot program will provide funding to local entities that are well-positioned to address workforce development and recruitment in Sioux Falls. Interested organizations and businesses can now apply for funding through the program. Application information is available on the City of Sioux Falls website or by contacting the Community Development Department at (605) 367-8180.

As part of the 2015 budget approval process, the City Council included $500,000 to support workforce development efforts within the community. The Community Development Department met with more than 20 community workforce development stakeholders in the fall of 2014 to gauge areas of need and to hear about program ideas to address those need areas. Many businesses, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions provided valuable insight into potential workforce development opportunities. Four primary areas of focus for the program have been identified:

  • Strategic planning and implementation
  • Attracting and recruiting new employees
  • Training and re-employment
  • Educational partnerships

alt_logo1The program will be available to any business, organization, or entity with operations in Sioux Falls. The maximum award amount for a single proposal is $100,000. The minimum award amount is $2,000. Matching funds are not required; however, availability of matching resources, financial or in-kind, may be a factor in the City’s determination of awards.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee of City staff members. There is no application deadline, but rather, applications will be considered as they are received, and evaluated on their merits. The City anticipates making its first awards prior to March 1, 2015. It is expected that any awarded funds would be used exclusively for activities occurring in the 2015 calendar year.

For more information on the program, please visit www.siouxfalls.org/workforce, or call the City’s Community Development Department at 605-367-8180.

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Street lighting books and tutorial available at APPA

American Public Power Association’s street lighting package offers two publications and an online tutorial to help your utility manage and improve your street lighting projects.

Street Lighting Best Practices provides guidelines for street light design, construction, operation, and maintenance. Buy this book and get access to an online training tutorial in five modules.

LED Street Lighting Handbook: A Handbook for Small Communities offers guidance to utilities considering an LED street light retrofit. Learn how to analyze the costs and benefits of a retrofit and prepare bid documents, and discover what other communities like yours learned from their projects.

Questions? Email Products@PublicPower.org or call 202-467-2926.

HCPD customers: Don’t forget to visit youcanpowerforward.com to see if your project qualifies for funding assistance!

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Miller entrepreneur named South Dakota Retailer of the Year

A pharmacist who treats his employees like family and runs his business by the Golden Rule has been named the 2015 South Dakota Retailer of the Year.

Travis Anderberg of Miller Rexall Drug was honored at the South Dakota Retailers Association’s annual Awards Banquet in Pierre on January 12. The event was attended by state legislators, constitutional officers, and retailers from throughout the state.

Anderberg was chosen for the award by a committee of retailers in recognition of outstanding community service and going the extra mile in customer service.

Photos courtesy sdra.org. *Featured photo courtesy Earl Leatherberry (www.flickr.com/photos/23711298@N07/).

Travis Anderberg grew up in Miller, then married his high school sweetheart and returned to his hometown after graduating from pharmacy school.  Two years later, he became a partner in the business, which is a mainstay of Miller’s Main Street. In addition to pharmaceuticals, the business sells gifts, greeting cards, Black Hills Gold jewelry, office supplies and school supplies, and has a photo kiosk.

A key attraction in the store is an old fashioned soda fountain which serves hot sandwiches and burgers in addition to malts and other beverages. It is a popular gathering place for both adults and youth in the community.

Presenting the award, outgoing SDRA Board President DeLon Mork of the Madison Dairy Queen noted that the store has a reputation for outstanding customer service, which doesn’t end when the store closes for the day.

“The store is open Monday through Saturday,  but if a patient isn’t able to get to the store for their prescription, they don’t have to worry about it,” Mork said. “Every afternoon at 5, an employee hits the road to deliver prescriptions, both in town and out of town.  They even make regular deliveries to Highmore, which is over 20 miles away. And if someone has an emergency, they know they can call Travis and he will head back to work. As one person told us, it may not be a 24-hour big box store pharmacy, but he provides around-the-clock service, and always with a smile.”

Sometimes, Mork noted, going the extra mile means literally that.

“Just a few weeks ago, a family was in desperate need of  medicine for end-of-life care on a weekend,” Mork said.  “Travis didn’t have the medicine at his pharmacy, so he drove 70 miles to the hospital in Pierre to get the needed medicine. He sees it as just part of running his business by the Golden Rule.”

Anderberg is very active in his community.  He is a volunteer coach for youth soccer, baseball and basketball; coaches 4th, 5th and 6th grade football and helps with youth wrestling practice. He is a Meals on Wheels volunteer; serves on the local economic development board; is active in the Booster Club; serves on a health, wellness and community foundation; serves on a bank board of directors; and is an elder in his church.

Mork said that family is very important to Anderberg and his wife Angie.

“It’s not just their four children that are important to them, but the families of their employees,” Mork said. “Travis believes family comes first and encourages employees to attend events for their children or grandchildren. If that means they need to come in late or leave early or have a day off, it’s never a problem. That has helped to create tremendous loyalty among his staff.”

Anderberg  has received recognition from other organizations for his community involvement and operating an excellent business. In 2011, the Center for Independence honored him with the Distinguished Service Award for Health Care for dedication in providing health services to people with developmental disabilities. In 2013, he received the Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award.

He was nominated for the South Dakota Retailer of the Year Award by local organizations, customers, other business owners, and employees.

The award has been presented annually since 1982 by the South Dakota Retailers Association.

About The South Dakota Retailers Association
The South Dakota Retailers Association is a 3,800-member statewide business organization which represents retailers in the legislative and regulatory process; provides information to businesses; and offers money-saving member services such as credit card processing, group health insurance, and workers comp insurance. SDRA was organized in 1897, and is one of the five largest state retail associations in the nation.

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Madison/DSU Hosts the Legislature scheduled for Jan. 27

The Greater Madison Area Chamber of Commerce – Governmental Affairs Committee and Dakota State University have released the agenda for the 2015 Madison/DSU Hosts the Legislature event in Pierre, SD. This annual event includes a day of learning about South Dakota state government at the Capitol while networking with legislators and guests about the great community of Madison.

2015 MDHL Schedule Tentative

Cost is $60 and includes a motor coach ride to Pierre, full day of activities, luncheon and reception. Seats are limited so make your reservation today! For more information, visit www.chamberofmadisonsd.com or call 605-256-2454. You can also find the GMACC on Facebook.

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