Agenda for Philip as Capital For A Day

On Thursday, August 28, Philip will be South Dakota's Capital For A Day. Activities include tours and meetings around town, and an Expo, where citizens can talk with Gov. Mike Rounds and state officials one-on-one.

Citizens can also take advantage of many state services at the Expo. The day concludes with a community dinner featuring a keynote address and a question and answer session with the governor. The community is encouraged to participate in all the day's activities.


2:30 - 4:30 p.m. State employees will tour Philip and participate in various meetings and roundtable discussions throughout the community.

Fatal Vision Driving Course, Parking lot north of the armory. It's not safe to drive after you've been drinking, and we can prove it. Take the Department of Public Safety's Impaired Driving Simulation. You'll get a chance to put on a pair of fatal vision goggles and take a driving test. We hope the results will prevent you from getting behind the wheel after you've been drinking.

Public Safety Roundtable - Officials from the Department of Public Safety will meet with local public safety officials, including police, sheriff, fire, EMS, emergency managers, first responders, and states attorneys. The public is invited to attend at the Philip Ambulance meeting room.

Department of Revenue and Regulation, Division Property and Special Taxes - Property and Special Taxes Division Director Michael Kenyon will discuss the ag productivity method for valuing land for property tax purposes including a historical look at problems with the state's property tax system; how the South Dakota Legislature addressed those problems; the solution they approved and how it will work. Bring your questions! Public is invited to attend at the Philip School Library.

Healthcare - The Departments of Health, Social Services, and Human Services will tour the Philip Hospital and Nursing Home.

2:30 - 5:30 p.m. Project 8, Parking lot north of the armory. Project 8 is South Dakota's effort to keep kids safe by making sure they are in the best child seat for their height and weight until they are at least eight years old. Project 8 will also distribute child seats to income-eligible families.

3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Governor's meeting with local students (by invitation only).

4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Expo, Philip High School Armory. Talk one-on-one with Gov. Rounds, cabinet, and elected officials. Learn more about what's happening in Pierre and take advantage of state services offered throughout the afternoon. First Lady Jean Rounds will be present to sell and sign copies of the South Dakota Governors Residence Cookbook - A Culinary Legacy Celebrating the First Families of South Dakota.

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Dinner, High School Fine Arts Building. The community is invited to dine with all Capital For A Day participants. Advance tickets are required for $5.00 each. Tickets are available at First National Bank, Ravellette Publications, and the City Finance Office.

6:00 p.m. Governor's Remarks, High School Fine Arts Building. The governor will speak briefly and then ask for questions and advice from the community.

Each state department will present information and have employees available to answer community questions. Here are a few highlights:

Taxes - Ask the experts! Staff from the Department of Revenue and Regulation will be on hand with tax guides, business tax information, and property tax relief information.

Education - Learn more about opportunities for Philip students to take classes through South Dakota's Virtual School at www.sdvs.k12.sd.us.

Bureau of Administration - Learn more about the memorials on the state Capitol grounds and how to schedule a tour.

Workforce 2025 - Representatives from the Department of Labor will share how the state is working to assure South Dakota has a competent and qualified workforce to allow for economic growth and expansion.

Stop by to learn how you can participate in these programs. More information is available at www.Workforce2025.com.

Human Services - Staff from the Department of Human Services will demonstrate Closed Circuit Television (CCTV). CCTV is a camera and monitor system that magnifies script or pictures up to 60 times its size. This television is available to current consumers of the Independent Living Blind Program who cannot otherwise afford TV. The CCTV is for individuals who experience low vision.

Bureau of Personnel - Learn more about job opportunities with the state of South Dakota.

Visit www.capitalforaday.sd.gov for more information.