Navy Announces Commissioning Date for USS Sioux City (LCS 11)

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The future USS Sioux City (LCS 11), a Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship, will be commissioned a United States Ship (USS) on November 17, 2018 in Annapolis, Maryland.  More than 5,000 people are expected to attend the commissioning ceremony at the United States Naval Academy.

“The Secretary of the Navy designated the Naval Academy as the site of the commissioning because of its strong naval heritage and in recognition of Annapolis’ support of the U.S. Navy,” said Vice Admiral Walter E. Carter Jr., Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy.

“Annapolis looks forward to hosting this great event, said Mayor Gavin Buckley.  “This is a tremendous opportunity for businesses in our community to show their support for the Navy and for people living in and around Annapolis to attend a once-in-a-lifetime event, experience the Navy and visit the Naval Academy.”

“We’re proud there will be a US Navy ship carrying the name of Sioux City,” said Bob Scott, Mayor of Sioux City, Iowa. “The citizens of Sioux City are honored to be the namesake city for this great ship and look forward to following and supporting the crew and their families for decades to come.”

Designed to be agile and stealth surface combatants, Littoral Combat Ships are capable of engaging and defeating enemies who challenge our freedom of navigation in shallow contested areas like the Persian Gulf and the South China Sea.  The ship incorporates innovative construction, manning, training, and operational concepts designed to be forward deployed around the world for long periods of time.

“The crew has been preparing for this day, the most important in any ship’s life, for many months,” said Commander Randy Malone, Commanding Officer of the future USS Sioux City.  “After thirty-three years in the Navy, I can assure you that this is an exceptional crew and we could not be prouder and more excited to take the USS Sioux City around the globe in defense of freedom.”

“A ship’s commissioning is perhaps the most patriotic event you will ever attend,” said retired Navy Rear Admiral Frank Thorp, Commissioning Committee Chairman.  “Watching a ship come to life and transition from a hunk of steel to a commissioned US Navy ship is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

The USS Sioux City Commissioning Committee was established to coordinate the events leading up to the commissioning.  They have set a goal of raising $800,000 to fund the events, honors for the crew, and a legacy fund to support educational opportunities for the crew and their families for the life of the ship.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for individuals and companies interested in supporting the commissioning of the USS Sioux City.  Becoming a sponsor includes invitations to the week’s events and priority seating for the commissioning ceremony.

For more information, please visit usssiouxcitylcs11.org
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#MemberMonday: Habitué Coffeehouse & Cakes to Remember

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Habitué Coffeehouse &
Cakes to Remember
108 Central Ave. NE
Le Mars, IA

 


How many years has your business been in Siouxland? We have been open for 8 years. We opened for business on our owner, Cheryl Wells’ 50th birthday. What a gift!

What services do you offer? Habitué not only offers exceptional coffees, artsian drinks and incredible edibles, but we are a premier supplier of cakes for all occasions. Whether it be a birthday, anniversary, office gathering or wedding, we’ll create a cake to remember for your event.

How many years has your business been a member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce? We happily joined the Chamber in 2017.

What do you enjoy most about being a Chamber member? The Chamber gives us the opportunity to not only know what’s going on in our community, but to be a part of it. The opportunities that we have to connect with other members, to learn and grow and to be able to share what we offer is invaluable.

What is your favorite Chamber event/memory? We highly enjoyed the 2018 Small Business EXPO. Given the opportunity to gather with other like-minded businesses in the community and have them actually taste what we have to offer was invaluable. It was a great event to participate in.

What is a fun or surprising fact about your company/business?  We found over the years that people wanted to get their daily coffee fix from Habitué, but didn’t have the opportunity to come downtown. Because of that, we opened a coffee drive-thru on Hawkeye Avenue, just east of the new Total Motors.


Each Monday a Siouxland Chamber member is featured on our blog and Facebook page. If you are a member of the Siouxland Chamber and would like to be featured, simply complete this questionnaire and return it to McKenzie Matasovsky, Manager of Membership Engagement. Each week we randomly select a business who has turned in their completed form. This is a great way to receive an extra plug for your business and we LOVE to brag about our members!

#MemberMonday: CNOS

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CNOS
575 Sioux Point Rd.
Dakota Dunes, SD

 

 

 


How many years has your business been in Siouxland? 47 years

What services do you offer? Healthcare

  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Spine
  • Sports Medicine
  • Podiatry
  • Rheumatology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Imaging
  • Athletic Training Service
  • Sports Performance Services

How many years has your business been a member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce? 20 years as CNOS

What do you enjoy most about being a Chamber member? We enjoy supporting and learning from our fellow Chamber business leaders. The Chamber affords CNOS leadership a better understanding of the potential and future of economic development in Siouxland and how we can capitalize on current development efforts.

What is your favorite Chamber event/memory? The Washington, DC lobbying trip and steak reception

What is a fun or surprising fact about your company/business?  CNOS employs over 250 people in the Siouxland community.


Each Monday a Siouxland Chamber member is featured on our blog and Facebook page. If you are a member of the Siouxland Chamber and would like to be featured, simply complete this questionnaire and return it to McKenzie Matasovsky, Manager of Membership Engagement. Each week we randomly select a business who has turned in their completed form. This is a great way to receive an extra plug for your business and we LOVE to brag about our members!

#MemberMonday: Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Event Center

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Event Center
885 Cottonwood Lane
Dakota Dunes, SD

 

 


How many years has your business been in Siouxland? A month and a half (opened June 13, 2018)

What services do you offer? We offer hotel accommodations, smaller meeting rooms as well as event space that can host large events up to 500 people.

How many years has your business been a member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce? 1 year

What do you enjoy  most about being a Chamber member?  Being new to the area being a member has been a great way to get to know the community and stay up to date on everything that is going on. The Chamber has been so welcoming since we came to town and they are making us feel like we’re right where we belong.

What is your favorite Chamber event/memory?  Although we may be a little biased, we would have to say the golf outing. We know it rained for the players, but we were happy to have them come and enjoy our facilities, get out of the rain, and warm up with a meal and drinks. It was also memorable for us because it was our first event!

What is a fun or surprising fact about your company/business?  We are a locally-owned hotel.


Each Monday a Siouxland Chamber member is featured on our blog and Facebook page. If you are a member of the Siouxland Chamber and would like to be featured, simply complete this questionnaire and return it to McKenzie Matasovsky, Manager of Membership Engagement. Each week we randomly select a business who has turned in their completed form. This is a great way to receive an extra plug for your business and we LOVE to brag about our members!

American Airlines to Add Third Flight to Chicago this Fall

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Officials of Sioux Gateway Airport/Col. Bud Day Field in Sioux City announced that American Airlines will add a third flight out of Sioux City to their hub at Chicago O’Hare beginning on September 5, 2018. Initially, the scheduled time for the new flight is:

Depart Sioux City (SUX) at 3:33 p.m. – Arrive Chicago (ORD) at 5 p.m.
Depart Chicago (ORD) at 1:20 p.m. – Arrive Sioux City (SUX) at 2:53 p.m.

On October 4, 2018 the third flight will be moved to 7 p.m. departure out of Sioux City (SUX) and a 6:45 p.m. arrival from Chicago (ORD).

This flight is a nice compliment to the current daily service at Sioux Gateway Airport:

Depart Sioux City (SUX) at 6:02 a.m. – Arrive Chicago (ORD) at 7:30 a.m.
Depart Sioux City (SUX) at 12:22 p.m. – Arrive Chicago (ORD) at 2:04 p.m.
Depart Sioux City (SUX) at 3:10 p.m. – Arrive Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW) at 5:20 p.m.

Depart Chicago (ORD) Sioux City (SUX at 10:20 a.m. – Arrive Sioux City (SUX) 11:54 a.m.
Depart Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW) at 12:45 p.m. – Arrive Sioux City (SUX) at 2:44 p.m.
Depart Chicago (ORD) at 8:50 p.m. – Arrive Sioux City (SUX) at 10:26 p.m.

“We are excited that American Airlines continues to expand their flights at Sioux Gateway Airport. This third daily flight to Chicago O’Hare is a result of the continued support from local travelers. We have seen strong consistent utilization of the current twice daily service to Chicago and this third flight helps to fill in the gap, making it easier for business travelers going to Chicago and back in the same day. Paired with the daily flight to Dallas/Ft. Worth, this expanded service offers our community and visitors multiple options,” said Darrell Jesse Sioux Gateway Airport Board President.

For airline and flight information visit the Sioux Gateway Airport website at www.flysux.com.

Leadership Siouxland Announces Recent Graduates

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Leadership Siouxland is proud to announce the thirty-one individuals that recently graduated from the community leadership program.  The graduates and the company that sponsored their participation are:  Greg Breyfogle, Korey Behr, Roger Dickson, Jami Hartzell, Mike Mackey and Stephanie Engle from Wells Enterprises;  Jason Allen, Sioux City Police Department; Gabriel Appiah, SIMPCO; Jodi Arnold and Lance Larson, Mercy Medical Services; Paula Bennett, MD, AB Staffing, LLC; Anna Bertrand, Sky Ranch Behavioral Services; Kristina Bottjen, US Bank; Jim Braunschweig and Ken Tidwell, WITCC; Jason Bring, Heidman Law Firm; Christopher Eickholt and Dan Meier, Goodwill of the Great Plains; Beth Forney and Joe Hanson, Great West Casualty; Priscilla Forsyth, Forsyth Law Firm; Angela George, CableOne; Amanda Madison, Goodin Insurance; Kay Oskvig, Crary Huff Attorneys; Elda Raudales, Sedgwick Brennan Abstract Co; Kathy Roberts, Siouxland Mental Health; Dan Schoenherr, IMKO Workforce Solutions; Mandy Suing, Beyond the Bell; Joshua Thomas and Molly Twohig, 185th Air Guard; Lori Twohig, Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

These 31 individuals completed the 9-month curriculum and were recognized at the Graduation Banquet held at the Wells Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor in May.  Wells Enterprises CEO Mike Wells provided the keynote address for the audience of 72, which included 31 program graduates, Leadership Siouxland board members, family members and sponsors of the class.

This 9-month program teaches leadership skills and provides participants valuable knowledge about Siouxland.  The monthly sessions focus on various aspects of Siouxland, including education, public safety, non-profits, arts and social media, economic development and politics and government.   Participants go through the Gallup Strength Finder and learn how to turn their talents into strengths.  A Positive Leadership curriculum is taught, which focuses on different aspects of leadership, including authenticity, purpose, advocacy, resilience, community building, reason and gratitude.  Participants work in teams to partner with a community agency to complete a project that will add value to the community.  This year, participants also were able to experience firsthand a refueling mission by the Air National Guard Refueling Wing.   To learn more about what our employees experienced, visit www.leadershipsiouxland.org or visit Leadership Siouxland on Facebook.  Applications currently being accepted for the 2018 – 2019 class.   Apply now to secure your spot!  For questions, contact Peggy Smith, Executive Director, at 712-898-8594.

 

Wayne State’s Online MBA Program…now is the time for you to take advantage of this great opportunity!

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About the MBA Program

As a busy professional, you want to move ahead in your career, but getting away from the workplace to attend classes on a college campus can be impossible. Wayne State’s online MBA program provides the perfect solution. Working professionals can earn a high-quality MBA from anywhere in the world. On top of the convenience, the program is nationally ranked for affordability. The MBA program is 30 credit hour, non-thesis, 100 percent online program with no required visits to campus. Tuition is a flat $361.25 per credit hour regardless of residency. Low cost doesn’t mean a sacrifice in terms of quality. Wayne State’s MBA classes are generally taught by on-campus faculty with terminal degrees or appropriate credentials in their fields.

Wayne State College is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). Formed in 1997, IACBE accredits business programs and colleges and universities worldwide that demonstrate characteristics of excellence, with more than 230 member educational institutions in more than 20 countries.

Wayne State College’s MBA program is proud of the significant benefits of accreditation by IACBA: Enhanced Reputation, Evidence of Quality, Sharing of Best Practices, Public Accountability, and International Partnership Opportunities.

Wayne State Ranked for Online MBA

The Wayne State MBA program has recently received high rankings. These rankings have been determined by low-cost and high-quality online education.

  • Ranked 3rd out of 23 for Most Affordable Online MBA Programs by SREducation Group.
  • Ranked 3rd out of 50 Most Affordable MBA Programs by AffordableCollege.com
  • Ranked among the top five online business degrees on The Best Master’s Degrees website.
  • Ranked 3rd out of 97 institutions from Get Educated: Best Buy Regional Online MBA.

Registration for the Fall 2018 semester is now open!

Please contact: Jennifer Brandow, Assistant to the Dean/MBA Program at Wayne State College at mba@wsc.edu, call 402.375.7587 or visit www.wsc.edu.

 

Win a FREE Billboard Recognizing Your Organization’s Volunteer Efforts in Siouxland

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Help VolunteerSiouxland recognize some of the amazing volunteers in your organization! You’re just a few steps away from nominating someone (maybe even yourself) to be displayed on our upcoming billboards to represent your business!

CONTEST DETAILS:

  1. Tell us a little bit about you/your nominee and what makes them such a great volunteer.
  2. Upload and caption a photo you have permission to use (a “volunteer in action” picture would be great, but you choose).
  3. Submit, share and rock the vote! The top 12 vote recipients will make it to the final selection – so every vote counts.
  4. Create a FREE user account at volunteersiouxland.org by April 1, 2018. This is required for this submission to be considered for the final billboards.

Voting begins March 12, 2018

Voting ends March 31, 2018 at 11:59 PM

CLICK HERE to submit a volunteer

CLICK HERE to vote

HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE / HELP:
1. Nominate yourself because you’re a great volunteer.
2. Nominate volunteer(s) that you know do good for our community.
3. Make social posts on your Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn to help get the word out about the contest.
4. Include in email blasts that your organizations send weekly / monthly to encourage people to nominate and vote.

HELPFUL HINTS AFTER NOMINATING A VOLUNTEER:
1. Don’t be shy to share your link more than once. Share it on your profile(s) once per day!
2. Use multiple ways to communicate. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, email, text, etc.
3. When sharing your link, give your audience a reason on why they are voting for your submission. A little  bit can go a long ways!

Siouxland Secures “Three-peat!”

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Retains Top National Ranking in Economic Development

SIOUX CITY (Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota) – Siouxland secured a hard-earned “three-peat” by climbing to the top of national economic development rankings for the third consecutive year.  After achieving the first in the nation ranking in both 2015 and 2016, Siouxland completed the trifecta by securing the top spot in calendar 2017 according to results released by Site Selection magazine earlier this week.

The Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Siouxland Initiative (TSI), Skip Perley, who serves as President and CEO of Thompson Electric / TEC Corp., said, “Our community has every reason to be proud of our consistent performance in these annual rankings.  For many years, our public and private sector partners have worked cooperatively to develop the economic development strategy that is currently paying significant dividends throughout our tri-state region.  It is now incumbent on all of us to ensure that we maintain and build upon this remarkable momentum.”

Twice in the past decade, Siouxland had won back-to-back titles, but this is the first time the tri-state region has earned the prestigious recognition three years in a row.  Additionally, the 2017 ranking marks the seventh time since 2007 that the Siouxland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) ranked first in the nation in its population category for economic development.

Next Wednesday, Adam Bruns, who serves as the Managing Editor of Site Selection based in suburban Atlanta, Georgia, will be in Siouxland to present the magazine’s top award.  “The agricultural and food supply chain that has fed Siouxland’s economy has helped the area nurse its reputation as a rock-solid place to make things and do business,” says Bruns.  “But sustenance takes a lot more than food. What investors and job creators are saying with their projects and capital is ‘People are our lifeblood, and we find good people here.’”

The Sioux City MSA was also recognized as the top economic development community for populations under 200,000 in 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016.  The Siouxland metro ranked second in both 2009 and 2014 and finished third in 2006.  The metro region has ranked in the top three nationally in its population category in a remarkable ten of the last twelve years.