Photo courtesy Sioux Falls CVB
Sioux Falls, S.D., has been cited as one of the 100 best places to live in America, ranked second among best small places to do business and recognized for having one of the 10 strongest economies in the United States.
Now, add to the feathers in the community’s cap this one: Site of the 2013 Small Market Meetings Conference.
“Sioux Falls has been a big supporter of Small Market Meetings, the magazine, and when we launched the SMM Conference two years ago, Sioux Falls became a supporter of it as well,” said Joe Cappuzzello, president of the Small Market Meetings Conference.
“It is only natural that the city has stepped up as host of our 2013 conference,” he said, “and we look forward to working with Teri Ellis Schmidt and her staff at the Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau.”
The enthusiasm of the CVB’s staff has brought much, and varied, meeting business to the state’s largest city. (See sidebar.)
“Sioux Falls is thrilled to have the opportunity to host Small Market Meetings. You are guaranteed a highly professional and supportive CVB working to make 2013 one of your best conferences ever. We look forward to welcoming everyone to our beautiful community in 2013,” said Schmidt.
The SMM Conference is a showcase for second-tier and smaller cities, and no city gets the chance to demonstrate its abilities and attributes like the conference’s host.
More than 100 meeting planners spend three days in town, meet at its main conference facilities, have dinners and receptions at its attractions and tour the town for an afternoon. They’ll find plenty to see in Sioux Falls, as well, from a series of sculptures that enliven downtown to a series of waterfalls that tumble through an urban park.
Launched in 2010 in Shreveport, La., the SMM conference travels to Jacksonville, Fla., Oct. 28-30 this year. Last year’s conference was held in Little Rock, Ark.