The Spirit of Sioux Falls Award is presented to a person who has demonstrated leadership and commitment to the economic growth and development of our community.
The award honors the memory of David Birkeland, Angus Anson, and Roger Hainje, Development Foundation leaders who perished along with Governor Mickelson and other state officials and staff in 1993 as they returned from an economic development mission. These men were working to retain 2,800 jobs and secure the continued existence of our region's largest food processing operation. Today, this facility employs 3,600.
Evan Nolte has been instrumental in so many community efforts throughout the years, leaving a legacy of leadership. The Development Foundation recognized him for his commitment to the growth and development of this community and for his efforts in assisting with the development and implementation of the most significant and long-lasting economic initiative undertaken; Forward Sioux Falls.
Evan Nolte led the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce for 37 years before retiring in 2017.
There is better training for our workforce in Sioux Falls. A multitude of options are available to meet businesses' needs at the postsecondary level including city programs, state grants, technical training, and a new $50 million scholarship program for technical school students.Read More