• June 2020

Spark Sioux Falls launched
Collaborative initiative seeks to reignite the regional economy

A new initiative launched in May will support the long-term community and regional recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Spark Sioux Falls is supported by Forward Sioux Falls and was initiated by the City of Sioux Falls, Downtown Sioux Falls, Experience Sioux Falls, the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce and the Sioux Falls Development Foundation to spark the economic engine of the region.

Spark Sioux Falls is engaging business leaders to share insights, identify challenges and build actionable strategies to restore the local economy.

Three task forces, guided by a steering committee, will address specific industries and sectors, working to identify and help craft solutions that can assist the economy and labor force in Sioux Falls and surrounding counties to emerge from the economic downturn caused by COVID-19.

The three task forces are focused on:

1. Reviving local business, retail, restaurants and bars
2. Recharging the hospitality, tourism and arts sectors
3. Assessing key industry clusters
a. Banking/financial b. Medical/health care/biotech
c. Technology & information services
d. General manufacturing

A Steering Committee will build upon task force findings to shape a plan for future economic resiliency.

Spark Sioux Falls is a long-term initiative. Businesses with immediate support needs for operating through the ongoing pandemic should access the SOAR program, which is offered by the City of Sioux Falls. SOAR information can be found at siouxfalls.org/covid19/business.

Spark Sioux Falls Scope of Work

• Engage and listen to the community regarding the challenges people and businesses are facing as they navigate the new environment

• Develop recommendations for how the City of Sioux Falls and the business community can pivot to refocus, rebuild and re-energize our economy

• Provide residents with a long-term vision for a healthy and stable economic and civic environment

Spark Sioux Falls
Steering Committee

Tom Biegler, Regency Hotel Management
DeAnn Echols, The Great Outdoor Store
Natalie Eisenberg, Click Rain, Inc.
Dan Gies, The Empire Mall
Frank Gurnick, Dakota Alliance Soccer Club
Paul Hegg, Hegg Companies, Inc.
Chris Houwman, Malloy
John T. Meyer, Lemonly
Tony Nour, First PREMIER Bank
Alex Ramirez, USA Media TV
Jay Rasmussen, Journey Group
Darrin Smith, Washington Pavilion

Organizational Leadership
Mayor Paul TenHaken, City of Sioux Falls
Joe Batcheller, Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc.
Jesse Fonkert, LCEDA/MCEDA
Jeff Griffin, Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce
Thomas Lee, Sioux Falls Sports Authority
Mike Lynch, Forward Sioux Falls
Bob Mundt, Sioux Falls Development Foundation
Teri Schmidt, Experience Sioux Falls

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