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Thune to Keynote South Dakota Technology Showcase

Sioux Falls Program to Highlight “Technology in the Heartland”

July 28, 2016

WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, August 2, U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will deliver the keynote address at the South Dakota Technology Showcase in Sioux Falls. In addition to Thune, event attendees will hear from leaders representing a wide range of industries, including agriculture, health care, business, and education. The showcase, which is open to registered attendees, is being hosted by AT&T, SDN Communications, and the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

“The opportunity to ensure that all South Dakotans have access to the technological benefits available in today’s economy is what motivates me to work hard to find ways to expand access and increase connectivity in rural South Dakota and across the country,” said Thune. “I look forward to sharing some of my ideas at this year’s technology showcase and learning how lawmakers and stakeholders can work together to help make these and other ideas a reality.”   

One of Thune’s top priorities as chairman of the Commerce Committee has been to ensure rural South Dakota isn’t left behind when it comes to the technological advancements that have become such an essential part of everyday life in America. Earlier this year, Thune introduced the MOBILE NOW Act, a bill that would create an environment where America’s innovators could lay the groundwork for the future of the 5G network and help connect more people across rural South Dakota. Thune’s bill was approved by the Commerce Committee and awaits consideration on the Senate floor.

Tuesday, August 2:


South Dakota Technology Showcase Keynote Address


9:10 a.m. CDT (Media Availability to Follow)


Sioux Falls Convention Center, Ballroom A

1201 N. West Ave.

Sioux Falls, S.D. 57106           

For more information on how to register for the technology showcase (space is limited), contact Cheryl Riley by email or at (307) 365-1379.