Development Boards

Sioux Falls Development Foundation Board

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

Ex-Officio Members:

Gerald Beninga, Minnehaha County
Jim Schmidt, Lincoln County
Erica Beck, 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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