Development Boards

Sioux Falls Development Foundation Board

Steve Statz, Avera Health, Chairman
Bob Thimjon, The Ramkota Companies, Inc., Vice Chairman
Colleen Stratton, PREMIER Bankcard, Secretary
Jay Rasmussen, Journey Group Companies, Treasurer
Dale Froehlich, Prairie Winds Capital, Past Chairman
James Abbott, University of South Dakota
Ryan Boschee, Great Western Bank
Holly Brunick, Hegg Companies, Inc.
Pat Costello, Schoeneman’s Building Materials Center
Todd Ernst, Ernst Capital Group
Sean Ervin, TSP, Inc.
Pam Hanneman, First PREMIER Bank
Paul Hanson, Sanford USD Medical Center
Dr. Pam Homan, Augustana University
Craig Johnson, University Center
Tom Kelley, Gage Brothers Concrete Products Inc.
Michelle Lavallee, The Lavallee Group
Kurt Loudenback, Grand Prairie Foods
Tim McCarthy, Sioux Valley Energy
Betty Oldenkamp, Lutheran Social Services
Mark Schmitt, Smithfield Foods
Mike Van Buskirk, Van Buskirk Companies

Ex-Officio Members:

Jean Bender, Minnehaha County
Jim Schmidt, Lincoln County
Daren Ketcham, Mayor´s Representative, City of Sioux Falls

Lincoln County Economic Development Association Board

Eric Pauli, Xcel Energy, President
Eric Saugstad, City of Worthing, Vice President
Todd Nelson, SE Electric Coop, Secretary/Treasurer At-Large
Craig Van Meeteren, MidAmerican Energy, At-Large
City of Tea
Andrew Pietrus, City of Harrisburg
Jon Frick, City of Canton
Amanda Anglin, City of Lennox
Dale Long, Lincoln County Commission

Minnehaha County Economic Development Association Board

Mike Wendland, Rural Mayors, President
Terry Ebright, Sioux Valley Energy, Vice President
Dennis Olson, City of Brandon, Secretary/Treasurer
Ryan Fods, City of Colton
Marv Wieman, City of Crooks
Jesse Fonkert, City of Hartford
Dean Karsky, Minnehaha County
Don Johnson, City of Valley Springs
Eric Krouse, US Bank
Mike Geraets, City of Dell Rapids
Jason Pittmann, City of Baltic
Richelle Hofer, City of Garretson
Gerry Karpen, City of Sherman
Joe Anderson, Xcel Energy

Environment/Climate: The Sioux Falls Advantage

Not only is our business climate better, so is our weather. Sioux Falls has a pleasant climate with four distinct seasons; perfect for outdoor recreation. Residents enjoy lots of sunshine for biking, camping, hunting, or just enjoying one of the 80+ parks the region has to offer. On top of the great weather, Sioux Falls also has one of the lowest natural disaster risks in the US; and we are rated an ISO 1 of only 130 communities in the nation...which means lower fire insurance rates for your bottom line.

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