Rep. Kristi Noem was today recognized as a “Hero of Main Street” by the National Retail Federation.  The award was given during a Sioux Falls roundtable Noem was holding with South Dakota retailers.  During the event, Noem also helped unveil the new “This is Retail” campaign, which features small businesses from across South Dakota.  To view the introductory video that Noem contributed to, please click here.

“Every small business starts with an idea.  The difference in South Dakota is that there’s an environment where we actively foster those ideas,” said Rep. Noem.  “I’ve worked hard to try to replicate South Dakota’s successful policies on the federal level.  At times, we’ve been successful, but there’s more work to do.  I will not stop fighting for hardworking taxpayers until they get a government that they deserve – one that does more with less and doesn’t put regulations, taxes, or poorly thought out policies between them and their American Dream.”

Created in 2013, the “Hero of Main Street “ award annually recognizes Members of Congress for their support for Main Street priorities.  Noem has been a recipient in both 2013 and 2014.

“As someone who has owned her own business, Rep. Noem truly understands the challenges retailers face – especially in a rural state like South Dakota,” said Shawn Lyons, Executive Director of the South Dakota Retailers Association.  “Rep. Noem has consistently been a hero to Main Streets across South Dakota and for that, we are pleased to recognize her today.”

“NRF salutes our retail advocates in Congress for their dedication and proven commitment to public policies that support prosperity on Main Street,” National Retail Federation President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Retailers are the heart and soul of our local communities, and we are pleased to acknowledge Representative Kristi Noem for consistently supporting pro-growth economic policies aimed at ensuring a healthy and vibrant retail sector in South Dakota.”

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