Forward Sioux Falls IV

Forward Sioux Falls IV

Years: 2002 - 2006
Campaign Chair: Tom Everist
Campaign Goal: $5.5 million
Amount Raised: $6.4 million

About the Program

Mission: As the catalyst for renewed economic opportunities, Forward Sioux Falls IV will provide advanced strategies to further success in the areas of workforce development, technology, economic development and our community and business climates.


Forward Sioux Falls proved itself to be a vehicle for growth and successful at meeting community challenges with each successful program. Forward Sioux Falls IV – Taking Success to the Next Level, would focus on sustaining and expanding the business base and action steps to make a difference in the future of the community.

    We Wanted To:

  • Workforce Development: Promote the Sioux Falls area as a region of "opportunity" for job seekers; actively participate in the education and training of the workforce, and enhance business resources to address workforce challenges and opportunities.
  • Economic Development: Assist the efforts of established and new business to create positive growth through focused regional partnerships in workforce development, economic advancement and maintenance of critical land assets.
  • Community & Business Climate: Enhance the excellent quality of life in the Sioux Falls area through emphasis on affordable housing initiatives and the fostering of regional partnerships.
  • Technology: Foster regional economic growth and diversification through the expansion and development of technology-based businesses in the Sioux Falls area.

    We Accomplished:

  • The Sioux Empire Housing Partnership built-up a 16-housing development at the Lacey Park addition. The homes at Lacey Park are sold to buyers whose income is at or below the median income range.
  • Groundbreaking ceremonies were held May 12, 2003 for the 38,000 square foot South Dakota Technology Business Center that will assist new and early-stage technology businesses develop and grow in Sioux Falls.
  • In January 2004, the South Dakota Technology Business Center (SDTBC) opened for business. The SDTBC is a 501(c)(4) not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to diversify and expand the regional economy by providing "best practices" incubator services and networking opportunities to qualified new and early-stage technology-based companies. The Technology Business Center building is a 38,000 sq. ft. facility offering office, lab and light manufacturing space for lease. Tenants are encouraged to "graduate" from the facility in three years.
  • The Interns in Industry program was formed to create links between area businesses and students currently studying in Sioux Falls area colleges and technical institutes. The goals of the program are to increase the number of internships offered in Sioux Falls; increase the visibility of the Sioux Falls area business community on campuses throughout the region; encourage more students to make their futures in Sioux Falls; and grow the area´s skilled workforce.
  • South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds recognized Sioux Falls as the 2006 Large Community of the Year. Rounds acknowledged Sioux Falls´ successful year in economic development.
  • The City of Sioux Falls issued 6,902 building permits in 2004, with a value of $409 million.
  • By the end of the first quarter of 2001, the unemployment rate in Sioux Falls was 1.7 percent, compared to 2.2 percent statewide and 4.3 percent nationwide.
  • According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Lincoln County was the fastest growing county in the country for percentage change in housing units from 2000-2003.
  • A 2001 study by the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit research group, found that Minnehaha County was the fastest-changing metro area in the nation, based on the population´s 125 percent increase of foreign-born people from 1990-1998.
  • By the end of the first quarter of 2001, the unemployment rate in Sioux Falls was 1.7 percent, compared to 2.2 percent statewide and 4.3 percent nationwide.

    Sioux Falls in the News in this era:

  • Redbook magazine named Sioux Falls one of the 10 Best Cities in the U.S. for Working Mothers, based on factors such as local job markets, commuting ease and day care availability (1996).
  • Nation´s Business magazine placed Sioux Falls sixth in its nationwide ranking of top small metropolitan areas for growing a business (January 1997).
  • In the May 1997 issue, Parenting Magazine ranked Sioux Falls the seventh best city environment to raise children.
  • According to an August 2000 Runzheimer International study, Sioux Falls was the cheapest place in America to own and operate a vehicle. The management consulting firm took into account operating costs, taxes and insurance.
  • Sioux Falls was one of the top 11 cities in the U.S. with the friendliest environment for women based on crime rate, economy, schools, jobs, health care, women in local government and quality of life (Ladies´ Home Journal, March 2000).
  • Ladies´ Home Journal ranked Sioux Falls seventh for best bets for working women, based on the percentage of businesses that are owned by women, the percentage of working women who are professionals or managers, the salary gap between the sexes, and the number of reported cases of sexual harassment and job discrimination based on sex (March 2000).
  • Sioux Falls was ranked among the top 25 of the nation´s best places to do business and advance a career based on comparisons of wage and salary growth, job growth, and the growth of high technology in the past five years. (Forbes Magazine, May 2000)
  • Modern Maturity ranked Sioux Falls as one of the 10 best places to live in its April 2000 issue.
  • Sioux Falls received an A+ on Zero Population Growth´s 2001 Kid-Friendly Cities Report Card. The city excelled in health, public safety, education, economics, environment, and community life, ranking third out of 140 cities.
  • By the end of the first quarter of 2001, the unemployment rate in Sioux Falls was 1.7 percent, compared to 2.2 percent statewide and 4.3 percent nationwide.
  • Sioux Falls ranked third in a national list of top cities to start a company, according to a report by Cognetics, Inc. (Kiplinger Report, April 2001)
  •   PO Box 907
    Sioux Falls, SD
    57101-0907
  •   (605) 373-2008
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