ADVANCING OUR REGION’S ECONOMY
Forward Sioux Falls is a joint venture between the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce and the Sioux Falls Development Foundation and is widely respected as the premier economic driver for the Sioux Falls region. Forward Sioux Falls serves as the programmatic conduit for multiple economic and workforce development initiatives.
Our 2021-2026 Program
From talent attraction, retention and development, business retention, expansion and attraction, business advocacy, airport and quality of place enhancement, to innovation and entrepreneurship, Forward Sioux Falls 2026 continues a long tradition of lifting up the area’s economy. The five-year program is projected to result in a $13.27 ROI for the private sector and $9.28 ROI for the public sector. See how to invest in our region’s future.
From tailormade workforce programs to funding for quality of place projects, Forward Sioux Falls is doing its part to work collaboratively with private and public stakeholders to grow our region’s economy.
Bigger, Better Growth
From our start in 1987 to 2020, the non-farm employment in the Sioux Falls MSA rose by 92,800 net new jobs (+238%) and the Sioux Falls MSA population growth increased by 147,800 residents (+219%).
We established the Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship/Startup Sioux Falls to help entrepreneurs navigate the move to Sioux Falls.
Health, Bio & Science
Sioux Falls is home to two top-ranked health systems, insurance companies, biotech businesses and researchers.
We helped create Foundation Park, an 820-acre industrial park designed to further diversify our economy by attracting new organizations and expanding others within the advanced manufacturing, logistics, transportation and storage sectors.
Improving Quality of Place
We funded community-wide, long-range vision and strategic plans which led to the formation of such projects as the Sioux Falls Greenway & Riverfront Master Plan, Washington Pavilion and Good Earth State Park at Blood Run.
The Joint Venture Forward Sioux Falls program of the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce and the Sioux Falls Development Foundation has succeeded in helping achieve record levels of attracting and retaining high quality jobs, capital investment, technology development, workforce and educational development, issues advocacy and “game changing” quality of life projects. More importantly, Forward Sioux Falls has created a culture of leadership, collaboration, aspiration and success through generations of leaders public and private in the Sioux Falls area.