“Yankton Thrive is an organization that was created in July 2021 with the merger of the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce and Yankton Area Progressive Growth (YAPG),” said business services director Becky Wiswall.
In the area, Yankton Thrive works on economic development, workforce development, tourism, and business services.
Wiswall says she loves to work with members to figure out the best way to help them, meet new people, and plan events.
She shared some insight into her life with 605.
“Being a previous business owner for over 10 years, I feel like I can relate to many small businesses with their successes and obstacles.” -Becky Wiswall
HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR FREE TIME?
I enjoy spending time with family and friends, trying new recipes, traveling, enjoying my family’s lake cabin in the summer months, jumping on the golf course in our backyard to play a few holes, and enjoying cold beverages on any patio.
WHAT ARE YOU FAVORITE PLACES IN YANKTON?
Our downtown here is quaint and thriving with so many fun shops and restaurants for a town our size. I can’t usually walk out of Boston Shoes to Boots without at least one pair of shoes, and 9th Street Clothing Co. has cute clothes and an amazing selection of BrüMates (my favorite “fancy” koozies). The Blue Pig Pizza at Cheers Pizza Plus is also a personal favorite, as well as chicken wings from Czeckers Sports Bar & Grille. The margaritas at El Tapitio and any of the seltzers from Ben’s Brewing Company are also on my must-have drinks list.
DO YOU HAVE KIDS OR ANIMALS?
I have a son named Knox, who is 21 months old—like most boys he’s busy! My first born is a big fur child named Cru—he’s a 4-year-old, 130-pound Bernese Mountain Dog. He doesn’t let me forget he was the first, either.
HOW DID YOU END UP IN YOUR CURRENT POSITION?
I ended up somewhat falling into this position. I moved to Yankton in the summer of 2020 and was looking for what my next position would be after owning my own business for some time before that. A mutual friend of my now boss, Nancy Wenande, and I introduced us, and we had met for coffee months before my position was created. Once this position was going to be posted, we ran into each other. The description seemed right up my alley.
DURING THE SUMMER, WHAT ARE SOME MUST-STOP PLACES IN YANKTON?
Any of the trails and beaches around the lake are great. Our city Parks & Recreation department organizes and hosts many amazi
summer events—Music at the Meridian every Thursday in July and August as well as Kids in the Park on Saturdays in June. You
can’t forget about Riverboat Days in August, and our new Huether Family Aquatic Center that opened last summer. Other must-stops are walking across the Meridian Bridge, The Mint for lunch, Tastee Treat Drive-in for dessert, and the Ice House or a cold one.