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
In r
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.

Chamber Trivia


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Here is this week’s Chamber Trivia question: 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.

Trivia Logo Siouxland

Think you know…comment on this post with your answer for your chance at a great prize. Trivia questions will be posted each Friday with anwers and winners announced the following Thursday.

Marketing Monday


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1087588_cameraDon’t forget about the visuals! This week’s Marketing Monday tip is a reminder that a picture says a thousand words. Adding videos and images to your Web site, Facebook account, blog, etc. can increase your views and keep people coming back. Some of our most viewed posts at the Chamber include YouTube videos and photos from our events.

You don’t have to be a professional to add video or images, in fact you don’t even have to take them yourself. Most cameras have a video feature that allows you to record short clips, or link already existing YouTube videos to your site. If you’re not interested in taking your own photos check out creative commons sites such as Flickr. Photos on this site are free to use as long as you provide photo credits.

Fireworks for the Fourth


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Looking for some fireworks this Fourth of July weekend? Siouxland’s sky will1088712_fireworks_2 be filled with color this Friday and Saturday at multiple events offering fireworks shows.

Friday, July 3rd:

  • A fireworks show will follow the Big Parade starting at dusk. The parade is free and runs down 4th street ending at the Sioux City Convention Center. The parade begins at 7:00 p.m.
  • The Sioux City Explorers take on the St. Paul Saints in a home game starting at 7:05 p.m. Fireworks will begin after the game.

Saturday, July 4th:

  • The X’s take on the St. Paul Saints for a second night at home, Lewis and Clark Park. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. with a fireworks show following.
  • A fireworks show will follow the Counting Crows, this years headliner, at Saturday in the Park. Fireworks usually begin around 10:30 p.m.

322082_you_might_want_to_let_go___2Thinking about trying your own fireworks this year? Fireworks laws are different for all three Siouxland States. For more information visit for an article about the varying regulations.

And the Winner is…


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Last week the question was asked: According to it’s label, this drink is “The Granddaddy of all Root Beer”

and the answer is…Sioux City Sarsaparilla

Congratulations to this week’s winner Gary Anderson. 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.

Would your business like to sponsor a Trivia Question? Contact Donate a prize and be featured on our blog.

Chamber Update-So Much to Do in Siouxland


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Because we are coming up on a busy holiday weekend , I thought I would post just some of the many things going on in the area. Anyone who says there is “nothing to do” in the Sioux City Metro Area should check out just some of the things going on in Siouxland..they might be surprised to find out what many of us already know. We live in a vibrant and happenin’ community.

-Beth Trejo, Director of Investor Relations, Siouxland Chamber

Krewe de Charlie Sioux Mardi Gras Festivale
July 2, 2009

Mardi Gras party at the Sioux City Convention Center featuring astounding costumes – some 14 feet high -and a processional. The “Taste of Louisiana” authentic Cajun food prepared fresh by Louisiana chefs and available beginning at 5:00pm, prior to the 7:30pm show. FREE general admission seating; reserved table seating available by calling 712-279-4850.


The Big Parade
July 3, 2009

FREE Mardi Gras parade in Sioux City running down Fourth Street, and ending at the Sioux City Convention Center beginning at 7:00 pm with beads, bands, floats, and bouncey inflateables for kids for only $5.00 admission.Live entertainment following the Parade, and fireworks at dusk.

Pancake Breakfast for Benefit of Latham Memorial Park
July 4, 2009
Latham Park (between Cedar and Lemon Streets, half a block north of Morningside Ave), 7:30 – 11 am
Saturday in the Park
July 4, 2009
19th Annual at Grandview Park

FREE annual 4th of July weekend music festival with kids area, concessions and more. Shuttle service from Tyson Events Center parking lot.Over 20 food vendors and multiple craft vendors will be in Arts Alley, plus fun for kids in the Kid’s Zone.