Business and civic leaders Dave Rozenboom and Mark Shlanta, co-chairs of Forward Sioux Falls 2021, addressed the Downtown Rotary Club of Sioux Falls, Monday, May 2, on the topic “The MOMENTUM of Forward Sioux Falls.” They reviewed Forward Sioux Falls accomplishments, gave an update on the current $15.5 million campaign and presented an overview of program priorities for the next five years.

Program Highlights:
  • The first campaign was held in 1987.  Since then $37 million has been raised to enhance economic development efforts and improve the quality of life in the region
  • Forward Sioux Falls is the proven and successful joint venture economic development partnership between the SF Area Chamber of Commerce and the SF Development Foundation
  • The goal for the current campaign is $15.5 million and they have $14 million so far
  • For every $1 Forward Sioux Falls invests in economic development there is a return of $11.
  • Three parts of the campaign are workforce attraction, retention and development. 
  • Foundation Park is an 820 acre planned industrial park located at the intersection of I-29 and I-90
  • The USD Discovery District is 80 acres and will consist of 26 buildings.
Next Week’s Program:
Congresswoman Kristi Noem—Congressional Update
May 2, 2016 meeting attendance:
  • Meeting attendance was 105 out of 319 or 33%
  • Paul Harris Fellows attendance was 61 out of 105 or 58%
  • Present at the meeting were:  3 Guests; 4 Roaming Rotarians