Chamber of Commerce will host Prairie Expo in January

Philip will be hosting the annual Prairie Expo again on January 22. This was announced at the Philip Chamber of Commerce meeting on November 8.

The Expo has always been a big undertaking, especially with the traditionally large turn-out of venders and the “pen of three” livestock showing. The number of booths will probably again reach the maximum that space will allow. The attendance, especially with the entertainment, dinner, and daycare, is expected to be even larger than last year. Kadoka and Philip work cooperatively on the Expo, usually alternating the hosting responsibilities.

DJ Rush and Glenn Parsons attended the 2004 Innovation Expo in Brookings. The state has changed its philosophy of trying to bring in outside businesses with concessions. When any breaks given to such businesses expire, the businesses tend to go elsewhere rather than staying. According to Parsons, the expo illustrated how “an idea scribbled on a napkin” can be developed all the way through the marketing stage with around $3-4,000 invested. Over 55 percent of such ideas come from the private sector, not outside businesses. The attributes were again stated concerning the Economic Development revolving loans available through the Chamber in coordination with the West River Foundation.

The Chamber’s mission is to support business in the community. Parsons stated that this sometimes forces the Chamber to take a stand on political issues.

Philip was honored with a letter of consideration from the Governor’s Office for maybe being South Dakota’s Capital for a Day. The Chamber agreed to follow through with the application process and to offer possible dates. Getting the government people to Philip, showing off its strong points, and receiving the headlines all will be good for Philip.

The Philip Parade of Lights to be held on Friday, November 26, was discussed. It is anticipated that this year’s parade and community-wide effort will be even larger than last year’s.

The Arena Association is looking for support and possibly grant money to continue its goal of keeping the Philip roping arena usable. Plans are in the works for making the facility bigger and better.

The next meeting of the Philip Chamber of Commerce will be at 7:00 p.m. on December 13.