Remembering United 232: The Crew


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The Pilots – Al Haynes was the pilot flying United 232 the day it crashed at Sioux Gateway Airport. Times magazine called Haynes heroic, and several passengers credit him with their lives. Haynes fought to keep the aircraft under control, he was flying without hydraulics and could only make right turns. After the crash Haynes continued as a pilot until he retired in 1991.

The Flight Attendants – In a story written by the Associated Press following the crash, survivors praised the flight attendants for their performance. Flight attendants were described as calm and helpful both before and after the plane went down. One passenger said that flight attendants gave instructions on what passengers should do right up to the time the aircraft hit the ground. They also assisted in helping passengers escape from the wreckage. Eight flight attendants were present on the flight, one did not survive the crash.

The Tower Crew – Sioux City Journal staff writer, John Quinlan, wrote a piece about a month after the crash in which he described the teamwork that took place among the air traffic controllers at Sioux Gateway Airport. The seven-man tower crew was in communication with pilot Haynes, emergency crews, and ground control. They were also responsible for directing other air traffic that was coming into Sioux Gateway. The air traffic control crew received much praise for the professionalism they displayed in the handling of Flight 232.

Throughout this week the Chamber blog will remember the crew, passengers, and community response to this tragedy that occurred 20 years ago. You’re invited to share your own memories. Directly comment on any post, or send your story to

Remembering Flight 232


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Twenty years ago on July 19th, United Flight 232 crashed at the Sioux Gateway Airport in Sioux City, Iowa. The flight was in route from Denver to Chicago when all three of the aircraft’s hydraulic systems were destroyed due to uncontained engine failure.

Picture 006Throughout this week the Chamber blog will remember the crew, passengers, and community response to this tragedy that occurred 20 years ago. You’re invited to share your own memories. Directly comment on any post, or send your story to

A brief memorial will be held at the riverfront this Sunday, July 19th, at 4 p.m. The Chaplain Greg Clapper will preside. For more information contact the Siouxland Chamber 712-255-7903

Following Lewis and Clark’s Trail


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The Iowa Department of Transportation is developing a master plan for a 1103474_antique_compassmulti-use trail that generally follows the route of Lewis and Clark as they explored the Missouri River in Western Iowa. The purpose of the trail would be to provide a great resource for a new generation of people wishing to explore this scenic and historic part of our state.

Take a few minutes to fill out this survey to have your say in development in Western Iowa.

For information about the Lewis and Clark expedition, visit the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center here in Sioux City.

Marketing Monday


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Today’s marketing tip is from Susan Gunelius, and the full article can be found at

Here are five tips that remind you to know your audience:

  1. Customers want to know what’s in it for them, so tell them what you have to offer.
  2. You can’t use the same copy everywhere. Remember that people reading a billboard have just seconds to get your message, while those that pick up your brochure are going to expect much more information.
  3. You can’t use the same copy for every audience. Adjust your message for your audience. Are you addressing new or existing customers? Younger or older customers? Your message may be different depending on the demographic.
  4. Your tone and language should match your audience. Save jargon for business to business communication.
  5. Be creative and willing to go outside what you learned in English class when writing copy for your marketing pieces.

Siouxland River-Cade


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This weekend kicks off a week of River-Cade fun, it’s also my last week as River-Cade Royalty. I’ll be “twittering” from the weeks events, giving you a first had, royal perspective.

  • Saturday, July 11: Southern Hills Mall HyVee Car Show 11 am – 3 pm, Show ‘n Shine Cruise the Loop Car Show 4pm – 11pm Vantus Lot 3rd and Pierce, Speedy Lube Music Fest (3rd & Pierce) 4pm – 11pm Featuring Mike Langley & Friends, Ghostship, Garie Lewis Comedy, and CH3Mystry, Cruise the Loop 7 pm.
  • Sunday, July 12: Smile Contest Preliminary – Hamilton Blvd Dairy Queen – Smiles start at 2pm
  • Wednesday, July 15: The Big Parade “We Salute our Veterans” 6:30 pm, Celebration after parade at Anderson Dance Pavilion,Smile Contest Finals, Ice Cream Social Live music by Girlfriend, Fireworks, Start of Carnival at Long Lines Lot on Gordon Drive.
  • Friday, July 17:  WinnaVegas Concert Creedence Clearwater Revisited and Foghat
  • Saturday, July 18: 2010 Queen of the River Coronation, WinnaVegas Concert Mark Chestnut and Clay Walker, Volleyball Tournament and Lewis Bowl South
  • Sunday, July 19: WinnaVegas Concert Terri Clark and Randy Travis,River-Cade Couples Golf Tournament at Two Rivers Golf Course 9am Shotgun Blast Off, Telecast of Wednesday’s parade on KPTH Fox 44 Cable Channel 2 at 1:30 pm.

For a complete list of events and more information about River-Cade visit

Tweeting in the Park


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Saturday in the Park organizers, volunteers, and fans weren’t the only ones twittering about last weekend’s festival, the performers had a few things to say as well.

Counting CrowsAdam Durtiz, lead singer of the Counting Crows, posted these messages on his Twitter account following the bands performance at Saturday in the Park.

Thank you so much Sioux City. 30,000 people & you were the best audience any band could ever hope for. St. Louis & Sioux City were the joint
AM Jul 5th from Tweetie
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etrospect, Sioux City was the perfect place to be today. I can’t imagine anywhere I would rather have played on the 4th of July.
1:50 AM Jul 5th from Tweetie

A pretty cool shout out to the festival and all the fans. 

Visit for Saturday in the Park coverage from the Sioux City Journal.

And the Winner Is…


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The question was asked: Who is the man responsible for forming the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra? Hint: nicknamed The Maestro and retired as director and conductor of the symphony in 1977.

and the answer is… Leo Kuchinski

Congratulations to this week’s winner Matt Ricke. Everyone that answered correctly was entered in a drawing for this weeks prize, 4 tickets to Friday’s on the Promenade! Be sure to check back tomorrow for the next Chamber Trivia Question.

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Weekly Update


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Here is the Chamber’s Weekly Update for the week of July 5-11. Weekly Updates are posted every Wednesday.

Are you the Next Chamber Intern?


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Do you have what it takes to be the next Siouxland Chamber Intern? Exactly one month from today I’ll be back in Ames to finish my senior year at Iowa State. Which means the Chamber is currently taking applications for a social media intern.

As a social media intern you would be responsible for keeping Siouxland in the know through blog posts, Tweets, Facebook, YouTube videos, Flickr photos, and Utterli audio posts. Sound Greek to you? Don’t worry, Chamber Director of Investor Relations, Beth Trejo, has a wealth of knowledge in the area, and has gained national recognition for the social media program she started at the Siouxland Chamber, which means a great opportunity for you to get experience in a field that will be growing for years to come.

While there’s no coffee fetching here, you can find a cup at weekly networking events where you’ll meet local business leaders, media, and other young professionals. During my time as an intern so far I’ve had the opportunity to publish dozens of articles, interview philanthropist Dan Cook when he rowed through Sioux City, attend the Tourism Day Luncheon, and build a portfolio of works that will be invaluable when I start my search for a job after graduation in May. I’d encourage students in mass communication, journalism, business, marketing related fields to apply.

Please send your resume and cover letter to:

Siouxland Chamber of Commerce

Beth Trejo

101 Pierce St, Sioux City, IA 51101


or by email to:


Health and Wellness for Employers and Employees


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489121_elliptical_trainersLast week’s business roundtable focused on ways to save on health care by promoting a corporate health and wellness program in your business. Another side benefit…healthier employers and employees.

Here are some tips discussed at the roundtable for cutting costs and becoming healthier:

  1. Avoid the emergency room with services such as the my nurse program. This allows employees to get advice on when they actually should go see the doctor, and when its best to let a cold run its course.
  2. Make sure management buys into the health and wellness program.1097383_fruit_salad Set the example and encourage those around you to participate in a healthy lifestyle through your actions.
  3. Drink 40 ounces + of water a day.
  4. Hold a monthly wellness challenge. Check out the Lt. Governor’s Heart Challenge here in Iowa for some ideas.
  5. Celebrate the successes of those who are leading a healthy lifestyle and working to cut health care costs.
  6. Provide healthy food at your meetings and events. Fruit, vegetables, granola bars, low fat cheeses, and bottled water are a few examples.
  7. Don’t think you have to do this all by yourself. Start an internal Wellness Planning Committee at your organization.
  8. Encourage employees to bike to work.
  9. Allow time for an exercise break during the work day.
  10. Check out free services offered locally. allows employees to receive an assessment of their heart health, as well as find out if they’re at risk for diabetes or lung disease.