Through numerous Yankton community partnerships, the Chamber teams with other organizations to identify common interests and pursue common goals. We work together to promote economic development, grow business opportunities, increase the visitor industry and enhance the quality of life for the people who choose to make Yankton their home. The Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce, Convention and Visitors Bureau and Office of Economic Development are all housed under one roof at the Yankton Chamber and Visitors Center located at 803 E. 4th St. in Yankton.
Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce
To provide leadership for enhancing economic opportunities that will create value for the membership and the Yankton area.
The Chamber is a vehicle for professionals and businesses to join together to work towards the betterment of the community. Members work through committees, trainings and events to create job opportunities, awareness, new businesses and seek improvement of community facilities such as: streets, highways, parks, schools and housing. The Chamber is funded by its members.
Yankton Convention and Visitors Bureau
To increase the economic impact and facilitate the continued development of the visitor industry in Yankton.
The CVB promotes tourism in Yankton and helps all businesses benefit from the economic impact of visitor spending. The CVB is funded by the City of Yankton and the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce.
Yankton Office of Economic Development
To provide vision and leadership, to prioritize the annual work plan and to develop and maintain the implementation of the goals of the economic development program while working in partnership with YAPG, Inc., the City of Yankton and the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce.
They focus on business retention, expansion, education opportunities and recruiting. The council is made up of nine individuals: the president and vice president of the Chamber, the president and vice president of YAPG, Inc., one city commissioner, the mayor, the city manager and two at-large. The Office of Economic Development is funded by the City of Yankton and YAPG, Inc.
Yankton Area Progressive Growth, Inc.
To advance and develop the City of Yankton and immediate vicinity by offering assistance to industries and businesses that contribute to Yankton’s prosperity through primary job development, private investment and wealth generation.
YAPG, Inc. is a 501 (c) 6 corporation thats major purpose is to facilitate primary job development/retention, private investment and wealth generation. The corporation is empowered to buy and construct facilities for lease or sale, to provide funds for loans and grants to businesses and to render additional assistance, financial or otherwise. Corporation activities include real estate acquisition, site development, incentive financing and other efforts to encourage the establishment, growth and retention of businesses that are critical to Yankton’s prosperity. Funding comes from membership dues, capital campaigns, grants, loans and leases.
City of Yankton
To provide cost-effective, public services as required by its citizens and to provide an environment so that both its citizens and the economy prosper.
The City of Yankton works together with all entities and helps to fund the CVB and Office of Economic Development.