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Chamber breakfast to focus on higher education

Sioux Falls S.D. (KELO AM) -- The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce is holding a breakfast and panel discussion about higher education in South Dakota on Friday, July 19, at 7:30 a.m. at the Best Western PLUS Ramkota Hotel Washington Room. The breakfast is being held in conjunction with the 2013 Legislative Hosting, where the Chamber invited all of South Dakota’s legislators to Sioux Falls to learn more about the community and to build relationships. Chamber members are invited to attend the breakfast to learn more about higher education and to network with members and elected officials.

South Dakota's post-secondary institutions benefit the state through the development of an educated workforce and through applied research as levers for economic development. Representatives from area institutions will talk about challenges and opportunities they face and where they see the future of higher ed heading in South Dakota.

Panelists include: Rob Oliver, Augustana College; Dr. David Borofsky, Dakota State University; Mark Millage, Kilian Community College; Dr. David Chicoine, South Dakota State University; Jeff Holcomb, Southeast Technical Institute; Dr. Mark Lee, University Center; Billie Streufert, University of Sioux Falls; and Dr. Laura Jenski, University of South Dakota.

The cost is $20 per person for Chamber members or $40 for non-members and includes breakfast. RSVP to Amy Smolik at 605.373.2054 or asmolik@siouxfalls.com. The event is expected to conclude by 8:45 a.m.