December 17th, 2021


VCDC Up NEXT Coffee Hour

No Up NEXT Coffee Hour on December 22nd or December 29th. We will see you on January 5th for our regularly scheduled program.

Photos with Santa

Come take your photo with Santa Claus! Saturday, December 18th, 2021 from 9:30 am – 11:30 am at Vermillion HyVee (525 W. Cherry St.) Free for all!

Chamber News

First Baby of 2022 Welcome Package

Sanford Vermillion Medical Center is pleased to announce that we are currently preparing the First Baby of 2022 Welcome Package. This is a great opportunity for you to welcome the year’s newest arrival and congratulate the parents of the First Baby of 2022.

If you choose to make a donation, your business/organization will be recognized in the local newspaper press release. In order to have the First Baby of 2022 Welcome Package ready for the ringing in of the New Year, we would like to have all items collected by December 30, if possible.

We will be happy to pick up donated items, or if you prefer, you may drop off or mail your contribution at Sanford Vermillion Medical Center 20 South Plum Street Vermillion, SD 57069 (attention Jill Christopherson). If you have any questions, my contact information is below.

Thank you for your time. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

With Gratitude,

Jill Christopherson, Executive Assistant


USD Athletics

Women’s Basketball vs University of North Dakota | Thursday, December 30th | 7 pm | Sanford Coyote Sports Center

Men’s Basketball vs Oral Roberts | Monday, December 20th| 7 pm | Sanford Coyote Sports Center

Men’s Basketball vs Kansas City | Wednesday, December 22nd | 7 pm | Sanford Coyote Sports Center

Mid-America Economic Development Council Presents 2021 Annual Economic Development Awards

The Mid-America Economic Development Council presented its annual Economic Development awards at the 2021 Mid-America Competitiveness Conference, held December 1-3 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile.

Award entries were accepted in two markets per category – large division (community population over 50,000) and small division (community population less than 50,000).

Recognition was presented to:

Overcoming Adversity

Project or best practice that your community, region, or state utilized during a situation of overcoming a challenge – anything from a factory shut-down, to a COVID-19 response plan, or natural disaster. Entries were judged based on the creativity and impact the project/best practice had on overcoming adversity.

• WEDC- COVID-19 Guidelines for Safe Reopening and Pandemic Response Best Practices

• State of Wisconsin (Large Division)

• VCDC - Resilience in the Face of Adversity - Response to COVID-19

• Vermillion, South Dakota (Small Division)

Mid-America EDC members are dedicated economic development professionals who share best practices to add value in their organizations and communities. Mid-America EDC is a multi-state association dedicated to being the leading resource for making contact with site selectors, advancing regional economic development programs, and accessing thought leadership.

For many years, The Mid-America Economic Development Council has sponsored the annual Economic Development Awards competition to recognize and stimulate the creative use of quality marketing by economic development organizations throughout the 13-state Mid-America region in promoting their respective communities. Award winners will also be recognized in the January issue of Site Selection magazine.

The Mid-America EDC annual Economic Development Awards competition is open to all economic development organizations in the Mid-America EDC region. Awards are presented at the annual Competitiveness Conference in Chicago each December.

The Mid-America EDC Annual Economic Development Awards program recognizes outstanding efforts in development of marketing materials, marketing events and economic development efforts in our Mid-America region states.

To view more information about this year’s winning award entries, visit

For more information about The Mid-America Economic Development Council visit

Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. Makes Donation to River City Domestic Violence Center and Southeast CASA

Community support is a core value of Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. and the clinic recently made donations to two community non-profit organizations. River City Domestic Violence Center and Southeast CASA each received a $5,000 donation.

River City Domestic Violence Center aids victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and child abuse. The center works to educate and change behaviors to end these traumas. This donation will enable the center to continue offering help to anyone who needs it. A 24-hour crisis line is available by calling 605-665-1448. To learn more about River City Domestic Violence Center, the services they provide or to donate visit

CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. CASA volunteers are trained, qualified adults who advocate in court for abused and neglected children. The CASA volunteer will have a court order appointing them as the advocate for the children in a specific abuse and neglect case. Southeast CASA serves a five-county area; Bon Homme, Clay, Turner, Union and Yankton counties and relies on donations to train volunteers and provide services so each child in need is served.

For the past 75 years, Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. has proudly served Yankton and the surrounding area. Organizations whose mission aligns with the clinic and are seeking donations are encouraged to visit for more information.

Looking for a volunteer opportunity?

Friends of Sharing the Dream in Guatemala is seeking volunteers to help in a variety of areas at their Vermillion store. Sharing the Dream is a fair-trade organization that works to reduce poverty in Guatemala through collaborative partnerships with Guatemalans. Their downtown store sells hand-crafted Guatemalan products and the profits support projects in Guatemala, such as workshops with artisans, healthcare and meals for elders, and a scholarship program for school aged students. 

Volunteers in the Vermillion store provide customer service and assist with various store tasks tailored to their individual gifts. A few projects that volunteers have helped with include designing displays, working with inventory, providing social media and website updates, and Spanish letter translation. By volunteering with Sharing the Dream, you have the opportunity to promote fair trade values and sustainability while fostering a global community.  

Contact info: Anna Van Holland -

The USD College of Arts & Sciences Wants to Hear from You!

The College of Arts & Sciences is in the process of writing a new strategic plan and is interested in community input. Join representatives form the college for interactive face-to-face activity to give input into this process. All responses are anonymous.

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