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    If you missed the banquet....

    You missed a lot of excitement, unmasking, and a HUGE pat on the back for the strides the Mitchell community and surrounding area has accomplished this year!

    Not only did we have Lieutenant Governor Matt Michels as our "Mystery Masked" emcee, he also walked us through six accomplishments we have made in the past year:

         Mitchell's new Community Brand. Late in 2012, a group of community leaders followed up on the Focus 2020 recommendation. Armed with solid research data, a 15 member working group from across the community representing 35 organizations, devoted 870 volunteer hours over the last year developing the new community brand. The new community brand was unveiled on Thursday, June 4 at the Area Community Theatre. This is YOUR new community brand; it is for everyone to use and support. Please help to full embrace the new brand and apply it with your own creativity - use the logo, colors and themes on your own marketing, signs, kiosks, and websites.

         Quality Life in Mitchell. Building the quality of life in Mitchell is the key to attracting new and younger people to our community. Over the past year, Mitchell saw nearly fifty-two million dollars in new construction - including major capital investments by some of our most prominent organizations. Mitchell Technical Institute completed the Nordby Trades Center. The Mitchell School District began construction on phase two of the new high school campus, led by the Performing Arts Center. And in addition to the Avera Grasslands Medical Building, Avera also partnered with Dakota Wesleyan University on a Wellness and Athletic Cneter on an expansion of the DWU campus near Interstate 90.

         Geico Hot Bike Tour. The GEICO Motorcycle Hot Bike Tour powered by Victory was held September 9-13 with an overnight stop in Mitchell on September 10. The Thursday evening stop brought nearly 3,000 people to downtown Mitchell and filled over 200 new hotel rooms for an evening jam packed with a biker build off, a stunt show, live music, food and fun! The working group who was able to make this happen consisted of Brian Klock, Owner of Klock Werks Kustom Cycles, the Convention and Visitors bureau and other city leaders. The working group received several great comments on the event and appreciated the support from the community of Mitchell. Working together allows us to pull off great events that sit outside expectations.

         Intelligent Community Forum, Top 7. For the past 3 years the Mitchell Community was named to the Intelligent Community Forum's Smart 21 Cities due to the availability of High Speed Fiber to every home and business from 3 providers at affordable prices. The use of e-health services and the fact that Mitchell boasts two post-secondary education options. This past year, Mitchell was named one of the Top 7 communities in the world.

         Regional Development. Parkston, Corsica and White Lake have all experienced business growth related to the areas of agriculture and healthcare in 2015. Projects in Parkston and Corsica benefited from being the first to utilize Tax Increment Financing to support local growth in Hutchinson and Douglas Counties. Over $3 million in new construction and the addition of 30 full-time jobs helped grow the tax base and record slaes tax revenues. Embracing tele-health services, White Lake partnered with Platte Avera Health and raised $120,000 locally to remodel space for an Avera eClinic suite to improve healthcare coverage to this area.

         Corn Palace Renovations. For over 120 years, the World’s Only Corn Palace has attracted the unusual, the notable, and the road-weary. In 2015, this whimsical building underwent a royal transformation right before our eyes! The remodel of the Corn Palace now features larger exterior murals, a new sign, custom-designed light-up domes, and a walk-out balcony for visitors – and that’s just on the outside. On the interior, visitors will be greeted with a new grand entry and lobby and a redesigned box office. For the first time in decades, guests will also be invited to the second floor of the Corn Palace where they will find a beautiful Oscar Howe exhibit space and access to the front balcony. A passenger elevator, improved temperature controls, and new safety systems have improved the Corn Palace experience for both visitors and locals alike. Be sure to stop down and check out the 2016 theme “rock of ages”.


    We were also able to announce the 2016 winners of the following awards:
         Tourism Excellence Award - Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo
         Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year - George Breidenbach
         Harold Hagen Award - Larry Thompson and Chad Glanzer
         Community Service Award - Gwenda Koch

    We look forward to another great year moving forward!

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