Governmental Affairs

Leadership Mitchell

With the abundance of leadership opportunities within the Mitchell Area, Leadership Mitchell is a practical means of developing informed persons who can become involved in the various areas of community service offered throughout our community.

Leadership Mitchell is an annual program offered through the Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce’s Governmental Affairs Committee.  The Program is designed to support the development of future leadership with particular emphasis on specific skills and collaborative leadership. Leadership Mitchell is targeted to individuals who are actively seeking positive changes in response to civic, government, business and industry changes in the Mitchell Area by providing training in areas strategic to the well-being of our community.

The program will begin January 2015.  Classes are generally held on Thursdays from 1:00 – 5:00pm unless otherwise noted.
Click here for application.

Statement of Purpose: Maintain awareness of local, state, and federal issues and facilitate information sharing and public awareness among members and citizens. Promote interest and involvement in the elective and governmental process. Encourage and enhance community leadership.

Meetings: Meets the 1st Monday of each month at 12:00 pm at Blarney's.

Governmental Affairs:
  • Cracker Barrel Sessions. Members enjoy Saturday morning discussing key legislation with local legislators during the legislative session. These sessions provide an excellent opportunity to stay informed of bills that impact area businesses and farmers.
  • Leadership Mitchell. Leadership Mitchell is a leadership development program for any citizen of the Mitchell area and is designed to identify opportunities and prepare participants to develop personal and professional skills, to identify opportunities and prepare participants for future service and leadership, to help existing leaders sharpen their leadership skills, and to motivate individuals to take an active role in community affairs.
  • Legislative Preview, Review, and Forums. Events provide a discussion of important business issues to be addressed during the upcoming session of the South Dakota Legislature and analyze the results of the Legislative session from a business perspective.
  • Mitchell Business Day at the Legislature. Held each February at the Pierre State Capital, this event offers participants a great networking experience. This event coincides with the South Dakota State Chamber’s Business Day and is a fun-filled, productive, and informative day.

Chair: Susan Kiepke
Vice-Chair: Andrew Priebe

Brian Loken
Chris Paustian
Christie Gunkel
Joe Zellmer
John Claggett
Neil Putnam
Sheri Andersen
Susan Kiepke

Staff Contact:
For more information about the Government Affairs Committee or to join, please contact Rebecca at or call the Chamber at 996.5567.