Miller Area Lunch

The second anniversary of the Miller Area Lunch was held on December 15 and it was well attended. We had a good lunch, interesting conversation, and discussed a topic titled “Working Together You Can Build It Yourself.” What is the Miller Area Lunch and why does OHDC host it?

The lunch is an opportunity for all of the boards and organizations in Miller, St. Lawrence, Ree Heights, and Hand County to get together and discuss upcoming projects, goals, and any other topic that has an impact on our area. We meet at a restaurant at 12 p.m., order lunch, and then discuss a topic related to community development.

Topics that we have discussed in the past are wide-ranging but include housing, making our area a good place for young people to live, sustaining our business community, developing our recreational opportunities, and strategic planning for organizations.

Everyone is invited to the Miller Area Lunch. It is important to have members of the various boards in attendance such as the county commission, city council, school board, community foundation, hospital board, OHDC board, C&C board, etc. However, it is just as important to have members of civic groups and interested individuals attend.

One of the more informative features of the lunch is when we go around the room and everyone gives an update on the projects that their organization is involved in. Not only does everyone learn what is going on in town but the information is reliable and straight from the source. Many times people realize that they can collaborate on a project or idea, which can save money and time.

We end the lunch at 1 p.m. so that everyone can get back to his or her workplace or business. That gives us enough time to have a good discussion while not wasting people’s time.

I would encourage you to attend the Miller Area Lunch or have a representative from your organization attend. The meeting is held on the third Wednesday of each month at 12 p.m. Please call OHDC at 853-3098 a couple of days beforehand to RSVP and to find out the location of the meeting.

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Monthly Regional Newsletter

The Miller Civic and Commerce Association and On Hand Development Corporation will be collaborating with organizations in east central South Dakota (ECSD) to produce a monthly newsletter. The newsletter will be a full color, “glossy magazine style” publication that will keep area residents informed of local activities, visitor events, city and county news, and economic development information.

The Huron Chamber of Commerce and Greater Huron Development Corporation have been publishing a monthly newsletter in a 2-color tabloid-size format for several years. You may have seen this newspaper insert titled “Team Huron”. They decided to upgrade their newsletter to the full color, glossy format and to invite the surrounding communities to be part of the publication.  Counties that will be included are Beadle, Hand, Jerauld, Kingsbury, Sanborn, and Spink.

The new magazine represents the first “regional retail and economic development magazine” launched in South Dakota. It will be the primary tool to develop a regional approach to enhancing visitor spending, retail awareness, and economic development.

Through the new publication, ECSD communities can celebrate local business accomplishments on a regional basis. This will increase the business’s profile and draw attention to job opportunities and economic development success stories that often go unnoticed. Working together, the region will become more visible as a desirable location for expansion and/or business relocation further establishing our area’s reputation as a business friendly environment.

The magazine will be distributed the fourth Sunday of each month in the Huron Daily Plainsman and in weekly papers in the six-county area. It addition, it will now be placed in motel rooms and be available at doctor, dentist, and other professional offices. The Miller C&C is looking at the possibility of having a copy mailed directly to each C&C member.

Area businesses will have the opportunity to advertise and reach a broad audience in ECSD using this publication. Brad McGirr of Creative Printing, the magazine’s printer, will be in the Hand County area over the next couple of weeks to meet with business owners regarding this advertising opportunity. You may also contact him directly at (605) 352-6565.

The Miller Civic & Commerce and On Hand Development Corporation are looking forward to participating in this new magazine. If you have any questions or need additional information please feel free to contact us.