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Chair´s Column

Thank you, investors, for carrying on the momentum

By Paul Bruflat
2015-16 Chair of the Board

Paul Bruflat
Paul Bruflat
2015-16 Chair of the Board

In this community I hear the phrase "a rising tide lifts all boats" a lot. To me, nothing epitomizes that more than Forward Sioux Falls. Since 1987, our joint venture with the Sioux Falls Development Foundation has had a solid track record of pursuing smart growth and development across the region – and the results have been astounding.

Early in June, we´ll make the official announcement about the success of our seventh campaign, Forward Sioux Falls 2021, which had a goal of raising $15.5 million over the next five years. There are a number of components that make up the 2021 plan, from long-term development projects like Foundation Park and the USD Discovery District, as well short-term and longer-term goals to meet immediate challenges like workforce development.

The words "thank you" can´t convey the importance of the businesses, individuals and government entities coming together to invest in our region´s future. We hear, time and time again, how special our community is because we know how to collaborate. Through Forward Sioux Falls, businesses that are competitors come together to create a multi-year plan of action to improve our community for the good of all. Helping raise funds for our workforce development program means that we are all contributing to a growing, stronger workforce for tomorrow – which benefits everyone.

Having a vibrant community benefits all of us – businesses, residents and visitors, too. Our business community supports numerous quality of life and development projects throughout the area that would not happen or be successful without their collaboration. You can read more in this issue about how a thriving arts and culture scene also plays a role in our continued growth and economic development efforts.

Forward Sioux Falls is a huge part of making the Sioux Falls area a better place to live, work and play. We are excited to see the progress in the months and years to come thanks to all of your commitment to the 2021 program. Thank you!

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