Intern Connect Event Aims to Attract and Retain Talent


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Stakeholders in the Siouxland area are partnering to host an inaugural Intern Connect event on Thursday, September 29 from 7:30-9:00 a.m. on the Sioux City campus of Western Iowa Tech Community College (Rocklin Conference Center B174; Parking Lot 2; Entrance 6). The event is designed to help employers strengthen ties with institutions of higher education and learn about available internship services.

Invitees will include businesses with existing internships as well as those considering the development of an internship program. Employers from the tri-state region are encouraged to attend and hear from a legal advisor, panelists from small, medium and large businesses, as well as students and graduates from internship programs. Following the interactive panel discussion, over a dozen colleges and universities will be on hand to visit one-on-one about internship opportunities. The following institutions of higher education have confirmed participation:

Briar Cliff University
Creighton University
Dordt College
Iowa State University
Morningside College
Northeast Community College
Northwestern College
University of Iowa
University of Northern Iowa
University of South Dakota
University of Sioux Falls
Wayne State College
Western Iowa Tech

Starting an internship program is an excellent way for a business to facilitate success in terms of both workload and workforce. Interns can bring with them novel perspectives and fresh ideas, as well as provide cost-effective, highly skilled labor for an organization. In addition, internship programs can be used as a recruiting tool to give a company a pool for hiring exceptional talent. Terry Murrell, President of Western Iowa Tech Community College, said, “Students are increasingly looking for relevant ways to develop skills they learn in the classroom, and colleges need partners to help students with that process.” Kory Menken, Director of Workforce Solutions for the Siouxland Chamber and The Siouxland Initiative, added “In today’s highly competitive job market, organizations need to develop new talent as a critical component of their workforce pipeline. Internships can prove to be a valuable resource in these endeavors.”

Intern Connect is sponsored by the Sioux City Growth Organization, City of Sioux City, Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, The Siouxland Initiative, South Sioux City Chamber of Commerce and the Dakota Valley Business Council. A light breakfast will be provided and employers are asked to register by visiting


Curves South Sioux City Now has Zumba


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Come and check out the new Zumba Class at the South Sioux Curves. Fitness by Jenni has classes for members and non-members – just come in and join the fun! Zumba at South Sioux Curves is for beginners or those who have done it in the past – whatever your level this is the class for you.

Have a great time burning calories and relieving the stress of the day.  For more information call Jenni at 712.577.1162 or Curves South Sioux at 402.241.4490.



Curves South Sioux City
1101 Dakota Ave.
South Sioux City, NE 68776

Tree Distribution Program Set for October 13 in Sioux City


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MidAmerican Energy Co. and the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce are teaming up in an effort to encourage Iowa homeowners to plant more trees.

MidAmerican Energy’s Plant Some Shade® residential tree-planting program enables residential customers LOGO Trees for Siouxland
to purchase up to two, 6 to 8 foot landscaping trees for $30 each.  Trees in the company’s Plant Some Shade program are sold only to residential customers who live in Iowa.  This year’s tree choices are the chinkapin oak, heritage oak, tulip tree, quaking aspen, star magnolia “Royal Star,” American linden, redbud, edible cherry “Meteor” and Norway spruce.

Trees must be pre-ordered and will only be available for pick up from 4 to 6 PM on Thursday, October 13, at Lewis and Clark Park (Sioux City Explorers), 3400 Line Drive.  To place an order for trees, contact the Chamber offices at 712.255.7903 or download the order form here.  For more information on trees contact Evan Miller, urban forestry program coordinator with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), at 515.725.8455.


Former NFL Pro’s to be in Siouxland Area Schools in November – Pre-Event 8/30/16 at Tyson Dunes Headquarters 6:00 PM – Public Welcome


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Last year former Pro Speakers presented to over 10,000 students throughout the Siouxland area in all three states.  24 presentations were provided at 17 schools encouraging our youth with positive choices. The SW motto: “You’re not born a winner. You’re not born a loser. You’re born a chooser.”

Here are just a few testimonials from last year’s Siouxland events:

“His speech really did touch me. It was cool how he told us very true stories.” – Meghan, 6th grader

“Thank you so much for coming to talk to us! I loved what you said. It’s really inspiring! Never stop telling your story!” – McKenzie, 10th grader

“After I have four hours of gymnastics, I have to do a bunch of homework. It stresses me out and I just want to give up getting good grades. I was inspired by your speech and I hope you will come back again.” -Marissa, 7th grader

“I’ve been thinking of giving up with all of the bad things that I’ve been through, but you inspire me not to.” -Steven, 12th grader

Sports World does not charge the schools. Funding for the program comes from local businesses, community organizations, churches, and personal/family contributions.  In the hope of making this a sustainable event, community participation from all areas is greatly appreciated in advance.

A Pre-Event is scheduled for Tuesday August 30th to be held at Tyson Foods in Dakota Dunes at 6 pm. Mike Morrison (former NBA player) will be the speaker and will present to business leaders, Chamber of Commerce members, Church leaders and any local organizations and public members that wish to attend. He will share a similar message that 2 former NFL Pro’s will be presenting to our area schools in November. More information regarding the Pre-Event and November’s outreach can be found on the link below.

For any additional information, please contact your local Team Captain:

Lanny Johnk


Leadership Siouxland Accepting Applications Through August 31.


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Leadership Siouxland is Currently Accepting Applications–through Aug 31.

The Leadership Siouxland Board of Directors are LeadershipSiouxland2currently accepting applications for the 2016/2017 class, which kicks off on September 15th.  The 9 month, structured program covers a variety of topics each month including economic development, public safety, diversity, non-profits and volunteerism, arts, politics and government, education and more!

In addition, participants take advantage of the Gallup Strengths Finder assessment, Talent to Strength coaching and personal development, Positive Leadership curriculum (on emotional intelligence areas; authenticity, gratitude, purpose, etc.), in addition to the opportunity to and meet and develop relations with amazing leaders from the tri-state area.  Participants have found increased leadership skills, community involvement and appreciation, self awareness, lifelong connections, networking opportunities and a fun and engaging opportunity to make an impact in the local community through a sustainable service project.

Classes start in September and go through May. The tuition for the program is $675 (meals, curriculum and supplies are included). Scholarships are available.

The all-day orientation is fast-approaching on September 15th from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., while the other classes are normally held the first Thursday evening of each month from 5:30 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.

Consider joining this year’s class, or send a co-worker! It is a great opportunity to give your business great visibility and provide a great investment in one or two of your employees!

For more information, or to apply, visit before August 31st.

Save the Date for the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center’s “Nature Calls” Fundraising Event


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Nature Calls Event Features Craft Beer Tasting and More

Sample craft beers, bid on unique auction items, and visit with artists about their work at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center’s “Nature Calls” fundraiser Saturday, September 10 from 6-10 p.mNature Calls Monarch logo 2016_small. at the Sioux City Convention Center.

The “blue jeans casual” evening includes nature art, beer tasting, food, raffles, silent auctions, and a live auction. Guests can sample more than 30 brews and craft beers including Oktoberfests, IPAs, ciders, lagers and beer alternatives. In addition there will be some select wines to sample at the event. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and delicious food will also be available throughout the evening.

“This event is extremely popular. People look forward to it every year because of the relaxed atmosphere and unique combination of artists, beers, and auction items,” said Dawn Snyder, Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center Programs Director. “Our goal is to raise funds for conservation and education programs,” continued Snyder.

The Nature Calls event attributes its success to numerous sponsors and local donors, and has become a fun and profitable evening for the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center’s special projects such as the Nature Center indoor exhibits, the Raptor House, and the very popular Discovery Forest Nature Playscape.

Eight area artisans and nature-themed vendors will exhibit their items available for purchase at the September 10 event. Items include fused glass, bowls from reclaimed wood, natural soaps, honey, cutting boards, natural-edge slab furniture, graphite wildlife drawings and even salsa. Artists include Julia Licht from Artery of Sioux City; Tori Engelhardt from Wild Hill Honey of Sioux City; J. Mark Lary from Second Chance Woods of Sioux City; Vanessa Wodtke of Bloom Wild from Hinton; Lynn Jarvis of Snowflake Woodcrafts from Hornick; Susan McCulley from Sioux City; Doug Johnson from Johnson’s Mill of Sioux City; and Reez & Hoi from Heartland Salsa of Sioux City.

A highlight of the event is the Live Auction which includes Kansas City Chiefs vs. New Orleans Saints football tickets; fine jewelry; custom made knife; original artwork; Xpedition Compound Bow and much more. In addition, more than 60 Silent Auction Items have been donated for the event.

Several cash raffles will be featured with proceeds to go toward Summer Youth Programs. There are two gun raffles this year featuring a 2016 Ruger .22 Semi-Automatic Pistol and 2016 Ruger 10/22 Rifle in Mossy Oak.

Advance tickets for “Nature Calls” are available for $30 each by calling the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center at 712-258-0838 or online at

On September 9 and at the door the tickets increase to $35 each.

For more information on contact Dawn Snyder at 712-258-0838. View more auction items, sponsors, artists, and beers featured at the event at

TravelPlus TLC 3-Par Golf Championship at Sun Valley Golf Course


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TravelPlus TLC is hosting a 3-Par Golf Championship on Sunday, August 21st at Sun Valley Golf Course benefiting Boys and Girls Club of Siouxland. Shotgun start is at 1:00 PM, $50 per participant + $12 per person for cart rental.  Your participant fee includes 18 individual holes of 3 par golf, clubhouse awards dinner and guest celebrity speaker, Clark Rupert, PGA Chairman.

Flight prizes, pin prizes and more courtesy of the following sponsors: TravelPlus, TLC, Dunes Eye Consultants and Luciano’s Restaurant.

Register today – participation is limited.  Call TravelPlus at 712.233.1113 or Sun Valley Golf Course at 712.258.9770 to make your reservation.

The Annual Peach Sale is Back!


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The weather has been great for growing peaches in Colorado.  Siouxland Youth for Christ is once again offering for sale, these delicious, handpicked peaches.

Peach prices have stayed the same this year. The cost for these mouthwatering peaches is $35 a lug.

Thank you for your order as well as your support of Siouxland YFC and the outreach to over 1,200 youth around Siouxland last year.

Each lug is 18 pounds. There will be two delivery dates: August 15th and 29th.

Peach orders can be picked up at 1807 Nebraska St., Sioux City, Iowa.

You can place your order and pay online here!

Sioux Cityan Shelby Houlihan Qualifies for Olympic Final


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City of Sioux City and Siouxland Chamber to Host “Watch Party”

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The Siouxland Chamber of Commerce and the City of Sioux City will host a “Watch Party” for the women’s 5,000 meter Olympic final race on Friday, August 19, 2016 beginning at 7:00 PM at the Sioux City Convention Center.  All fans and supporters are invited to attend and everyone is encouraged to wear “red, white, and blue.”

Sioux City native, Shelby Houlihan, a graduate of East High School, who won an NCAA Championship and multiple All-American accolades while competing at Arizona State University qualified for the Olympic final by finishing in the top five of her preliminary heat in Rio de Janerio, Brazil today.

The Olympic final race in the women’s 5,000 meters is scheduled to begin at 7:40 PM Central Time on Friday evening August 19th.  The event will be broadcast LIVE by KES Productions in partnership with NBC’s News Channel 4 KTIV.

Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott said, “Shelby’s Olympic appearance has energized this community and her successful qualification for the 5,000 meter final in the Olympic Games is a testament to her years of dedication and hard work.”

Siouxland Chamber of Commerce President Chris McGowan said the decision to host another “Watch Party” for Houlihan was an easy one.  “Immediately after Shelby qualified for the Olympic finals, all of our planning partners immediately concluded that we should host another community-wide ‘Watch Party’ to support our home-town Olympian,” said McGowan.

Shelby’s uncle, Bob Prince, who earned an NCAA indoor title in the 880 yard run while competing in track as a collegiate athlete at Kansas State, added, “We were very pleased with the turnout for Shelby’s preliminary heat and believe the turnout for the final will be even better.  We are incredibly proud of Shelby and excited for Sioux City.”

Join us in cheering on one of Siouxland’s own in the 2016 Summer Olympics.  Admission is free and open to the public.  Refreshments from some of Siouxland’s leading local companies will be served and a cash bar will also be available.  For more information call the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce at 712-255-7903.