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Vermillion Community Center Options & Ideas Survey
For years, there has been talk in the community about building a community center to accommodate general community needs, arts and education opportunities, and athletic fitness activities. A group comprising city, county, and school district officials, and representative from the University of South Dakota and the Vermillion Area Chamber and Development Company has started to explore the feasibility of such a center. There are a lot of details to work through, but most important might be what a community center could provide in terms of services and usable space for a variety of community interests. This short survey is designed to gather information about what community members might want from a community center and what kind of features a center might include. We will compile the information and share it during a public meeting to be held in the early fall. This information and the public meeting will move this community goal closer to fulfillment. So please let us know what you think!
- The Integrated Community Action Planning (ICAP) Group
VCDC Offices Moving to Make Way for New Building Opportunities
The Vermillion Chamber and Development Company (VCDC) has announced they have moved their offices from their location at 6 West Main Street to a familiar location at 116 Market Street, Suite #103. The VCDC operated out of the 116 Market Street location from 2010 to 2015 and will be utilizing this location once again as they prepare for their final move later in 2017. "This move is another great sign of more and more progress in Vermillion," says Nate Welch, Executive Director. "Each time we have had to make a move has been because of the growth and opportunities Vermillion has seen. Our agility as an office and organization enhances the opportunities we can seize." he continued.
Starting in late spring, the VCDC will begin remodeling the building at 2 E. Main St. The building will not only be the new office space for the VCDC but will also house Charlie's retail store and a state-of-the-art, collaborative co-working center. The project will be funded by a USDA Rural Development loan creating an opportunity for the renovated space to serve the multiple priorities of the VCDC. "This project is one that will have a lasting impact on our community. Being able to revitalize one of the historic buildings in downtown Vermillion will be incredibly beneficial to our entire town." says Welch. As before, the 530 square foot board room located at 116 Market Street will be available for Chamber Members, community organizations or non-profits to use for meeting space if needed.
"Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Company Announces 'Full Occupancy' in the Vermillion Technology Center with two long-term tenants"
Two companies have signed leases to occupy the Vermillion Technology Center - bringing an estimated $.6.1 million economic impact to the community, the Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Company announced today: Biotest Pharmaceuticals Corporation ("Biotest"), whose headquarters are based in Boca Raton, Fla., and Navigant Cymetrix Corporation (Navigant Cymetrix), based in Irvine, Calif., will move into the Vermillion Technology Center.
Navigant Cymetrix, which now includes the former Alleviant LLC operations following a merger of those two entities, provides healthcare organizations and physician practices with comprehensive business process outsourcing solutions. The company initially opened a facility in Vermillion in 2013 and currently employs approximately 70 professionals at that location.
Biotest is a leader in the collection of source plasma. The plasma collected is used to manufacture critical care therapies that treat life-threatening disorders in a variety of therapeutic areas. Biotest is expected to add 40-60 new jobs in Vermillion with an average annual payroll of $1.8 million.
Biotest owns and operates 18 plasmapheresis centers across the country and plans on expanding to a total of 22 facilities by the end of 2016. Welch says after completing minor renovations, Navigant Cymetrix will be fully moved into the VTC by May. The space Biotest will occupy requires some remodeling and the company should be moved in and operating by October. The 32,000-square-foot building on the north side of Vermillion was completed in 2014 for a different company with expansion plans, but that tenant never moved in.
"As we all know, those plans didn't work out. We can't run from that, and we shouldn't hide from it," said Nate Welch, executive director of the VCDC at a press conference in March. "But the VCDC board of directors, the community along with many of our partners all got together and worked hard at finding a new purpose for this beautiful space."
"When we had to readjust the Vermillion Tech Center to be more of a spec building, this is exactly what was intended," said Dr. Amy Christensen, VCDC board president. "We have a building ready and available for a company like Biotest to expand into Vermillion and bring with them good paying jobs to contribute to our community. Having Navigant move over to the VTC is a great sign of them continuing to re-invest in Vermillion as well."
Navigant expects to occupy the building in May after some minor renovations. Biotest will require some remodeling and should be moved in and operating by October, Welch said. "It's a pleasure to welcome Biotest to South Dakota, and I'd like to congratulate both companies on their decisions to move into the Vermillion Technology Center (VTC)," Gov. Dennis Daugaard said. "The VTC is a great facility, and I'm pleased to hear the REDI Fund can assist with securing two quality companies."
"This deal would not have been possible without the support and partnership from the Governor's Office of Economic Development and the board of economic development approving a REDI loan to the VCDC," said Welch.
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Vermillion Awarded Community of the Year
Vermillion was named Large Community of the Year by Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Tuesday evening in Sioux Falls at the Governor's Economic Development Conference. Mayor Jack Powell, USD President James Abbott, and Vermillion Area Chamber and Development Company (VCDC) President Gerry Tracy accepted the award on behalf of the community. "We greatly appreciate Governor Daugaard's recognition of Vermillion. Our partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development has been a key factor in our community's success," said Tracy.
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