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SDBA 2018 State Legislative Day - Pierre
Ramkota Pierre Hotel
920 W Sioux Ave
Pierre, SD 57501

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Wednesday, February 07, 2018, 8:00 AM CDT
Category: Special Events

SDBA 2018 State Legislative Day

The SDBA 2018 State Legislative Day is your opportunity to stay up-to-date on both state and federal legislation which could affect the banking industry and to visit with state legislators. The day will include a luncheon and banking legislation review, discussion on the U.S. economy (past, Trump and the coming decade), a chance to visit with legislators at the State Capitol, and an evening reception. A special reception will also be held for emerging leaders in the banking industry, and the Governor has also been invited to speak.



  • 8:00 a.m.: SDBA Board Meeting
  • 10:00 a.m.: SDBA Legislative Committee Meeting
  • 11:30 a.m.: Conference Registration (Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center Lobby)
  • 12:00: Luncheon & Program
           Legislative Update
    • Dave Rozenboom, SDBA Chairman President, First PREMIER Bank, Sioux Falls
    • Curt Everson, SDBA President & Lobbyist
  • 1:00 p.m.: “The U.S. Economy: Past, Trump and the Coming Decade”
    • Dr. Stephen Happel, Emeritus Professor of Economics, Arizona State University
  • 2:00 p.m.: “The Importance of Banks on Main Street”
    • The Honorable Dennis Daugaard (invited), Governor, State of South Dakota
  • 2:45 p.m.: Visit with Legislators at the Capitol
  • 4:00 p.m.: Emerging Leaders Reception
  • 5:00 p.m.: Heavy Hors d’Oeuvres Reception & Business Plan Competition Awards

Join legislators and constitutional officers for a heavy hors d’oeuvres reception at the Ramkota Hotel. During the reception, winners of the South Dakota Bankers Foundation’s Business Plan Competition will be announced and recognized.

Feature Speaker: Dr. Stephen Happel

Dr. Stephen Happel is a noted commentator on the U.S. economy. He is an emeritus professor of economics at the Arizona State University W.P. Carey School of Business, where he started teaching in 1975. He grew up in Quincy, Ill., received a B.A. in mathematics and economics from the University of Missouri in 1969, an M.A. from Duke in 1972, and a Ph.D. in economics from Duke in 1976. In addition to visiting appointments at North Carolina State University, the Australian National University and the University of Waikato in New Zealand, Dr. Happel is founding director of the ASU School of Business Honors Program and served as associate dean of undergraduate studies from 1991 to 1999. He is presently a faculty associate in the ASU Center for the Study of Economic Liberty.

Dr. Happel speaks throughout the U.S. on Federal Reserve policy, current tax and spending proposals by White House and Congress, and demographic patterns to consider where the U.S. economy may go next. His presentation at the SDBA State Legislative Day will begin with the most recent Blue-Chip forecasts for real GDP growth for this year and next. These numbers are given an historical perspective. State job growth numbers are then considered. The impact of the Trump Administration is examined in depth—where it has gone and where it is headed. After looking at Federal Reserve policy and key demographics trends, forecasts are made for the near term and long term. Throughout, facts are mixed with humor for an enlightening perspective on the economy.

Emerging Leaders

The SDBA is in the process of developing emerging leaders programming for the next generation of banking industry leaders in the state. The SDBA will hold two special events specifically for emerging leaders during the 2018 State Legislative Day. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has been invited to address all attendees regarding the importance of banks on Main Street at 2 p.m. This session will be directed toward emerging leaders in the audience and will reinforce the necessity for and importance of the banking industry in building local economies. At 4 p.m., a reception for emerging leaders only will provide an opportunity to network exclusively with other emerging leaders.

Registration Fee

The registration fee for the luncheon and afternoon program is $165 per person, and the registration fee for the evening reception is $85 per person. The on-site fee per person is $175 for the luncheon and program and $95 for the evening reception.

Hotel Information

Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center: 920 West Sioux Avenue, Pierre 605.224.6877

 A block of rooms has been reserved at the Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center for the evenings of Tuesday, Feb. 6, and Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. Request a room from the South Dakota Bankers Association block to qualify for the special rate of $122.99 plus tax per night. The room block will be released Jan. 7, 2018.

Contact: Halley Lee - 800.726.7322 or [email protected]