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    Advocacy Alliance Policy Conference


    In order to develop its legislative platform, the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, through its Issues Management Council, conducts research, hears presentations and surveys its members about issues affecting business. These efforts, combined with actively following and monitoring legislative activity since the close of last session, guide efforts in developing the platform for the upcoming session.



  • Mike Zipco


    Zipco Strategy


    Mike Zipko, president of Zipko Strategy, a strategic consulting firm based in Saint Paul. Zipko Strategy provides public affairs, media relations, crisis communications, grassroots advocacy, online content management, and marketing support for businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, and advocacy organizations.


    Mike has more than 20 years of experience helping clients manage issues, address challenges, and maximize opportunities that involve creating and executing effective communications activities.


    He served as communications director for Saint Paul Mayor Norm Coleman, deputy communications director for Governor-elect Jesse Ventura’s transition office, deputy communications director for the Minnesota Republican Party during the 1998 campaign season, and deputy press secretary for Minnesota Governor Arne H. Carlson. He has also provided media relations counsel to a number of political campaigns and elected officials.


    Zipko also worked for seven years in a number of different roles for WCCO-TV and KSTP-TV ranging from field producer to assignment editor. He also spent considerable time covering political issues and events during legislative sessions and a number of election seasons. Mike has strong connections with Twin Cities media that he uses to help clients identify and work with the right media outlets and contacts.