South Dakota Chamber to host Ernie Goss

The South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry has retooled its annual economic outlook conference. The 2017 version on Tuesday, Nov. 7 will last two hours, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Country Club of Sioux Falls at 3200 W. Twenty-Second St.

That’s one-half of the news.

The rest of the story is a tight program features two speakers when the presentations start at 4:30 p.m.

HyVee officials start the show with a conversation about anticipating and meeting the needs of consumers.

Then the microphone is handed to Ernie Goss, professor of economics at Creighton University. Goss conducts an ongoing analysis of the region’s economy. He likely will talk about the background and provide his expectations.

Going forward, the chamber’s economic outlook event will review the predictions, according to David Owen, the chamber’s president, and Mary Anne Boyd, the organization’s vice president for program services.

The event this Nov. 7 will cost $30 to attend and offers “heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages,” according to a news release. Registration deadline is Nov. 4 at

The event began in 2007. The 2016 conference drew 120 registrants, according to the chamber’s December 2016 meeting minutes, “a decline from typical attendance numbers of close to 150.”

The 2016 conference featured four topics — South Dakota economic conditions, housing, technical education and employer-based health care — built around a luncheon.