• Public Affairs

  • Committee Purpose

    The Public Affairs ´╗┐Committee works to inform, educate, engage, and advocate for the Brookings business community regarding relevant public policy initiatives at the state and local level.

    Monitoring local, state and national issues is an important function of the Public Affairs Committee. But it's not only trends the committee work with. Societal trends and emerging local issues are studied and evaluated based on their influences on business and economic health. These evaluations form the basis for policy recommendations and programs that should be created to help inform members. Thanks to this committee, the Brookings Chamber members are always up-to-date.

    The Public Affairs Committee meets the first Thursday of each month at noon.

    Committee Events

    Legislative Luncheons are designed to discuss legislative activity and other necessary issues emerging in South Dakota.

    Candidate & Legislative Forums are conducted to allow area residents the opportunity to become better informed about the current legislative session and ask questions to the candidates in upcoming elections.

    Day at the Capitol is designed to allow individuals the opportunity to see how our state government works. Community members travel to Pierre for the day and engage in conversation about Brookings with state Legislators. This event is planned in conjunction with Brookings Economic Development Corporation and SDSU.

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  • 2022 Committee Members

    Cam Jones- Chair 

    Andrew Sloss- Vice Chair 

    Andi Fouberg

    Brianna Doran 

    Courtney Heitkamp 

    Dan Nelson 

    Daniel Little 

    Daniel Scholl 

    Greg Fargen

    Jay Bender

    Jacob Meshke 

    Keith Corbett

    Kirsten Gjesdal 

    Klint Willert 

    Lee Ann Pierce 

    Lewayne Erickson

    Patty Bacon

    Paul Briseno

    Russel Halgerson 

    Spencer Hawley

    Wesley Tschetter 

    Dan McColley

    Jake Meshke


    Larry Tidemann 

    Tim Reed

    VJ Smith 

    Board Liaison

    Steve Carnes

    Staff Liaison 

    Kelsey Doom- kelsey@brookingschamber.org 

    Chamber Lobbyist

    Matt Krogman