Downtown Sioux Falls
Setting our community apart

Our Impact

Over 30 years ago, a few forward-thinking community leaders established a vision for a prosperous, dynamic region to be achieved through bold, intentional economic development efforts. Critical to that vision was a hybrid, public-private platform for setting agendas and executing strategies to achieve a long-term vision that aligned with near-term needs and opportunities.

Over the years, Forward Sioux Falls has become nationally acclaimed for creating decades of economic growth and corresponding quality of place enhancements that have made Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the envy of communities across the Midwest and throughout the United States.

Foundation Park

Foundation Park is Sioux Falls’ first mega site. Equipped with BNSF Class 1 Rail access and state-of-the-art utilities, the park is zoned I-2. It is located minutes from the Sioux Falls Regional Airport at the crossroads of I-29 and I-90. It has already attracted companies like Amazon to make the move to Sioux Falls.

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USD Discovery District

Healthcare is one of the largest, fastest-growing and most established industries in Sioux Falls. The USD Discovery District brings public-private interests together to expand research, resources and talent within the medical and bio-tech sectors. When fully developed, the District is projected to include 26 privately developed buildings with facility construction value exceeding $314M with nearly 2,800 people employed.

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Air Service

Sioux Falls is home to Joe Foss Field, a regional airport, with flights out of Sioux Falls reaching over 200 cities across the country.

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The workforce in Sioux Falls continues to grow substantially year by year. These workers are highly skilled, trained and ready to work. Efforts through the Sioux Falls Development Foundation help make connections between education and business to ensure tomorrow’s employees and employers have the best possibility to thrive.

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Mike Lynch

Program Director


Through our five strategies, we project landmark economic developments in the Sioux Falls economy. See how many ways an investment with Forward Sioux Falls can benefit the community.

Many of the initiatives funded by Forward Sioux Falls are so ingrained into the fabric of Sioux Falls and its business community that most citizens don’t even realize Forward Sioux Falls was a catalyst in their creation. Forward Sioux Falls doesn’t just support quality of life projects and business attraction, it is also vital to workforce development, innovation, entrepreneurship, international trade and governmental advocacy, among other things. Sioux Falls would not be the community it is without Forward Sioux Falls.

Dan Doyle, General Counsel, Lloyd Companies