Past Programs

Forward Sioux Falls continues to bring our community together

I believe the Forward Sioux Falls program has defined the “modern era” of Sioux Falls since it began in 1987. The community leaders of that day developed a vision and an economic development platform that has changed the trajectory of our community and the Sioux Empire region forever. Together, we’ve achieved new heights well beyond what anyone could have envisioned because community leaders ever since continue to carry the torch. Community leaders in Sioux Falls long ago recognized that economic development is a team sport. Forward Sioux Falls continues to bring our community together around a common set of priorities and the pooling of our time, talent and treasure to maximize opportunities and address challenges has truly set Sioux Falls apart. It’s now up to us to carry on.

Dave Rozenboom

President, First PREMIER Bank

2002 – 2006

Forward Sioux Falls IV

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.

Amount Raised:

$6,400,000
2006 – 2011

Forward Sioux Falls V

About the Program

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

Since 1987, Sioux Falls business leadership, in partnership with the City of Sioux Falls and other government leadership, has invested more than $14 million in four Forward Sioux Falls programs. This joint venture program has proven to be an effective stimulus for increased business development and economic diversification in our area.

FSF initiatives are aggressive in new business attraction, increased job growth and enhancement of the area´s quality of life. FSF investors have seen a positive return on their investment in the four previous campaigns and the Sioux Falls area has experienced a prolonged period of economic vitality.

Amount Raised:

$10,500,000
September 2009 – May 2010

Future Sioux Falls

About Future Sioux Falls

As part of a comprehensive effort to continue to expand the Sioux Falls area´s competitiveness and livability for businesses and individuals, Forward Sioux Falls, City of Sioux Falls, Minnehaha and Lincoln counties, the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation and the Sioux Empire United Way underwent a strategic economic development planning process to enhance economic development activities and programs in the Sioux Falls area for the next 20 years and beyond.

Market Street Services, a national economic and workforce development consulting firm, facilitated the process of developing of a new economic strategy for the Sioux Falls area. At the end of this months-long effort, the Sioux Falls area had an achievable roadmap to guide short- and long-term growth.

Amount Raised:

$1,800,000