Lt. Governors’ Challenge for a Healthier Siouxland


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topLieutenant Governor Patty Judge was in Siouxland today speaking about the Lieutenant Governors’ Challenge for a healthier Iowa. The challenge is part of the public health campaign “Your Heart is in you Hands” and will take place from June 15-September 6. The 12 week program allows participants to set and track both fitness and health goals for themselves.

The programs website provides a list of activities and foods that have a point value associated with them. Any participant that racks up 140 points or more receives a medal. Before ending her speech at St. Luke’s this afternoon the lieutenant governor challenged Siouxland to have over 1,000 participants sign-up within 24 hours. She gave the same task to those in Council Bluffs this morning.

For more information and to register

Chamber Golf Classic


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09 Golf LogoHave you signed up yet? Spots are going quickly so get your’s reserved for the 17th Annual Siouxland Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic.

Here’s what you need to know

Interested in attending just the networking dinner at Bev’s on the River? Tickets are $50 plus you’re entered to win the great prizes as well!

For more information or to register call the Chamber at (712) 255.7903

Chamber Weekly Update 6.3.09


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This week’s update is from Chamber Director of Investor Relations, Beth Trejo. Don’t miss weekly updates from the Chamber every Wednesday.

Ray’s Mid-Bell Music Using Social Media


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Here is another example of a Siouxland business using social media. Watch Jessica, a guitar student at Ray’s Mid-Bell Music play Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash.

Sioux City Design Works


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This afternoon I took the Sioux City Design Works visual survey to “help ensure the future vision of the community is reflected in the physical shape and character of the built environment.” Sioux City Design Works put together a survey that allows those taking to view and rate a set of images. The survey took me about 10 minutes to complete and was pretty fun. The images focused on design elements such as parking, signs, public space, etc. I even got to list my two favorite places in Sioux City at the end.

Check out the survey and have your opinions heard on future development and redevelopment in Sioux City. A series of town hall meetings will be held June 22-25. Visit for more information on this project.SarahSignature copy

Marketing Monday


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Here is your Monday Marketing tip:

Ask for testimonials

This is a great way to promote your business. Let others talk about your service, benefits, or good experience they had with your organization.

You can use employee and client testimonials on your Web site, blog, and promotional pieces.SarahSignature copy

Chamber Trivia


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What is considered to be the oldest structure in Sioux City?

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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 the winner announced the following Thursday.

Your Questions Answered: Technology Transfer


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The Professional Developers of Iowa Spring 2009 Conference is being held in Sioux City May 27-29. This afternoon I had the opportunity to get some questions answered by Kenneith Kirkland, PhD, Iowa State University Research Foundation, Inc. about technology transfer and its uses.

Q: What is technology transfer?

Kirkland: Technology transfer is the process of getting inventions to companies so that they can develop them into products.

Q: What is the link between economic growth and technology transfer:

Kirkland: Technology transfer provides opportunity for economic development in the state of Iowa. We have $84 million worth of products in Iowa from licensing provided by this process.

Q: How have you been working with the Siouxland Initiative?

Kirkland: They have been very helpful for ISU. Joseph has been helping us make contacts in Iowa and in getting people interested in licensing.

Kirkland and Joseph Wright, JD, Siouxland Initiative will be presenting on Technology Transfer from a University later this afternoon at the PDI Conference.

Enhance Your Space: Plant A Tree


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There are not many bad things you can say about trees.  What, their leaves fall and it looks awesome and you can make piles and jump into them…  Our community just wouldn’t look the same without trees around.  Trees are sources of beauty, oxygen, shade, and even a good wind block.  A treeless community just doesn’t look as attractive.  Trees go hand in hand with homes and community landscapes.

To help make Siouxland more green and support the development of tree planting a committee has been put together of local community and business volunteers.  The Trees For Siouxland Committee is a sub-committee of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce.   Committee members are working hard to spread the word about the need for planting more trees in Sioux City and surrounding areas.Autumn_Colours

Did you know that in the 1970s the Dutch Elm Disease killed a whopping 200 million trees.  Today those trees would have been grown up producing oxygen, shade, etc.  Planting trees is a great future investment.  You might not realize the money that big ol’ Oak in your front yard is saving you on your utility bills till it’s gone.  Also another bigger tree epidemic is the Emerald Ash Borer(Beetle), this problem is projected to take about 7.5 billion of our beautiful tree.  As a community we need to plant beautiful healthy trees so that our children have something to lay in the shade under.  Let Siouxlands kids grow up along with some beautiful trees.

The City of Sioux City has a list of recommended tree types for planting which include various: maples, oak, linden, and a few other species of trees.  The Committee is also working with various businesses and organizations to create incentives to help homeowners plant more trees. More info on those plans will be announced at a later date.

For more information contact Vernon Meyer


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