Sioux Falls ranked second most affordable city

Looking to live in one of the best cities in America? Look no further than Sioux Falls at No. 2!

SmartAsset did the research for you in terms of the best cities in America to live on a $65,000 salary, which aligns with the national median household income of $64,994. The ranking compares cities with median household incomes between $60,000 and $70,000 with at least 60,000 residents.

All of the top ten cities ranked well in the report’s housing metrics, with less than 25 percent of income spent on housing. Seven of the top 10 cities are Midwestern metros that offer low median monthly housing costs, relatively short commutes, and low unemployment.

Other top metros include Bismarck, ND; Cheyenne, WY; Billings, MT; Waukesha, WI; Bloomington, IL; Appleton, WI; Rogers, AR; Madison, WI; and Cedar Rapids, IA.

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Register now and save: WIN in Workforce conference to bring NFL speaker, workforce strategies

It’s likely the most valuable day you’ll invest in workforce development all year – so register now for this fall’s fifth annual WIN in Workforce Summit.

Three professional tracks will guide the day, which will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

“We talk about talent development, talent attraction, and then we take the issues of the day and talk about best practices,” said Denise Guzzetta, vice president of talent and workforce development for the Sioux Falls Development Foundation.

“And it’s just amazing. This year, the content is going to be fantastic, and we’re also going to have a lot of different companies sharing their journeys and how they have evolved their programs so they can continue to build on their growth. We see that in our business community. We’ve been very successful regardless of the environment.”

Retired NFL running back Justin Forsett will be the keynote speaker. Forsett, founder and CEO of personal care company Hustle Clean and a co-host on LeBron James’ Uninterrupted podcast, will kick off the event with a message on transforming your career path.

“He went on ‘Shark Tank,’ he pitched an idea, and now his product is sold throughout Walmart and Target, so just a great inspirational message from someone who started homeless, had an opportunity to focus on a talent — sports — and took that talent and realized he wanted to make a career change and did that successfully,” Guzzetta said.

Examples of topics include workforce reimagined, collegiate engagement made easy, how to attract and maintain a diverse workforce, reinvention and culture.

The Sioux Falls Development Foundation is an approved recertification provider from the Society for Human Resource Management.

“Human resource professionals who attend WIN in Workforce will earn nine professional development credits, which is wonderful, and the networking benefit is huge,” Guzzetta said. “WIN is just a great place to engage and really grow. Workforce is something we’re tackling on a national and global level, so coming together to talk strategies and things you can implement right away is really powerful.”

Register by July 31 and take advantage of the early bird discount, with admission to WIN for just $30.

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Sioux Empire Development Park VIII East sees high demand

Sioux Empire Development Park VIII East is located in the northeast part of Sioux Falls, east of I-229 and south of 60th Street North. The Foundation has seen a flurry of activity over the last couple of months in this industrial park. Some of this activity is due to the supply of and demand for smaller parcels; however, the interest is also tied to the ease of connectivity to Veterans Parkway and I-90.

WF Assets, LLC. acquired 3.46 acres of land in SEDP VIII East. They plan to break ground this summer on a 12,000 square foot contractor’s shop as well as a separate 2,400-square foot office building. They hope to wrap up construction and occupy the building in the spring of 2023.

Crusher Investments Company acquired 5.5 acres of land in SEDP VIII East at the corner of Wilcox and Producer Lane. They will be building a 40,000-square foot industrial facility. They intend to break ground on this project in the summer of 2022 and complete construction by summer 2023.

Northern Properties, LLC. acquired 3.5 acres of land in SEDP VIII East. They plan to build two 20,000-square foot buildings on the site with Phase 1 beginning in the fall of 2022. The initial building will be complete by the summer/fall 2023. They intend to occupy part of the first building and sublease space to interested tenants. They will entertain industrial space as small as 4,000 square feet.

Soukup Construction acquired 1.28 acres of land in SEDP VIII East. This small parcel is adjacent to current land owned by the company.

The last remaining parcel available in SEDP VIII East is 4 acres. If your company has an interest in a parcel this size, reach out to Dean Dziedzic, Vice President of Economic Development, at 605.339.0103 or deand@siouxfalls.com.

Membership support remains strong

The 2022 membership renewal effort is underway, and support remains strong within the community. Our renewed emphasis on talent attraction, retention, and workforce development, in addition to business retention assistance, and property tax and quality job growth resonate with our current members. A number of growing organizations have signed on in support of our economic development and community building efforts, joining the Foundation for the first time.

Membership billing will continue over the next few months as renewal dates come up. We invite you to renew your support of our efforts as we continue to carry out our mission of improving the regional economy. Thanks to your financial support, the Sioux Falls Development Foundation has led the way in creating one of the most vibrant, growing economies in the nation.

Thanks for investing in the economic future of our area.

If your organization is not yet a member, we invite you to contact us. We’ll answer questions and provide the information you need to become a member of our organization.

 

 

 

President’s Report: Partnerships Are Critical for Success

No organization or business can survive without valuable partnerships that help them succeed in accomplishing their goals and objectives. Each of us have those critical partners that provide products, services, consulting, and advice to help us sell, market, manage, and succeed in our business.

The Sioux Falls Development Foundation is no different, and we’d like to give a shout out to some of our critical partners.

City of Sioux Falls – The City of Sioux Falls, including the Mayor, City Council, and staff, are instrumental. They provide guidance, funding, and approvals for a lot of the projects we undertake. Their expertise in infrastructure, incentives, planning/zoning, permitting and resolutions/ordinances help us comply with local laws.

Governor’s Office of Economic Development – GOED provides data and information for our prospects, guidance on funding sources and incentives, permitting assistance, and legislative involvement. The State also coordinates coop advertising and marketing programs to stretch our local dollar and expand our market reach.

Broker Partners – Our broker partners, NAI and Bender Commercial, help market our industrial property, identify local companies looking to expand, and keep us abreast of the latest trends in commercial and industrial real estate development.

Greater Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce – The Chamber allows us to participate in key areas including public policy and advocacy, Leadership Sioux Falls training, the Young Professionals Network, community development, housing and airport improvement efforts, as well as general quality of life programs.

Startup Sioux Falls – SUSF partners with us to build and promote the entrepreneurial community in the Sioux Falls region. By supporting SUSF through the Forward Sioux Falls initiatives, Sioux Falls has become a rising star in the national entrepreneurial scene.

Local School Districts – Leveraging our Career Connections program as well as our STEM initiatives, local school districts play a vital role in engaging students in career exploration, job shadow, apprenticeship and internship opportunities available with local companies. This allows us to keep our kids here and employ them early.

Higher Education – Partnerships with STC, Augustana, USF, SDSU, USD, and DSU have supported our Talent Recruitment Programs as well as STC’s Health Sciences Clinical Simulation Center, the DSU Cyber Campus, the USD Discovery District Bio-Sciences Center and internships from SDSU, Augustana, and USF.

Sioux Metro Growth Alliance – Serving the regional communities outside of Sioux Falls, SMGA provides support and guidance, connecting them to valuable resources they need to capitalize on the growth and success of the region.

There are, of course, many individuals and business leaders that play a critical role in forming our boards and committees; providing valuable guidance and expertise. Without these valued relationships, we could not be where we are today.

On behalf of the Development Foundation Board of Directors and staff, we say thank you to our partners and the individuals who contribute their time, talent, and treasure to our organization. You are all awesome.

Q2 2022 Chairman’s Report

As the second quarter of 2022 comes to a close, the Sioux Falls Development Foundation is excited to provide a quarterly update on our initiatives. Watch this video to hear from SFDF board chair Kurt Loudenback as he shares his history with the Foundation, what he’s excited about for the future, and more!

Chairman’s Report – Kurt Loudenback

Groundbreaking season is here!

With the change of the weather comes our favorite season: groundbreaking season.

For the nearly seven decades, the Sioux Falls Development Foundation has hosted groundbreakings and helped organizations in our community commemorate new chapters of growth and success.

As 2022 kicked off, we’ve already held nine groundbreakings. Learn about each project and groundbreaking below!

Hayward Park

In March, the City of Sioux Falls broke ground on $2.2 million improvements to Hayward Park near Hayward Elementary School.

L to R: Sara Porter Montgomery, Jan Nicolay, Cynthia Mickelson, Andy Patterson, James Gaspar, Don Kearney, Greg Neitzert, Rick Kiley, Ann Nachtigal, Matt Hart, three Hayward Elementary students, Hayward Principal Derek Maasen, Mayor Paul TenHaken, David Locke, Kurt Loudenback.

Affordable Housing Solutions

In April, Affordable Housing Solutions (AHS) broke ground on six townhome/twin home units on South Sycamore Avenue. Each unit will be sold to an income-eligible buyer that meets the HUD income guidelines of being at or below 80% of the Area Median Income. The entire project is expected to cost $1.6 million, and will be complete by November 2022.

L to R: Kurt Loudenback, Karl Fulmer – AHS Executive Director, Dave Rozenboom, Brent Tucker, Jeff Eckhoff, Dominique Jackson, and Jeff Griffin.

Tomar Park

The City of Sioux Falls and the Sioux Falls Tennis Association broke ground on a $3 million, 12-court tennis complex at Tomar Park.

L to R: Dick Jameson, Alex Jensen, Tom Walsh Sr., Jamie Volin, Ann Nachtigal, Carissa Dice, Lydia Healy – Sioux Falls Tennis Association, Eric Weisser, Steve Kolbeck, Don Kearney, and Tory Miedema.

Banner Associates

Banner Associates broke ground on a 14,000-square foot, two-story building in northwest Sioux Falls. The building will provide space for their professional/technical engineering staff in the Sioux Falls region, with the option for a future building expansion.

L to R: Jeremy Eitreim, Scott Lawrence, James Drew, Pat Starr, Scott Vander Meulen, Brad Wermers – Banner President, Kurt Loudenback, Carol Kervin, Gregg Jorgenson, Dave Lorang, and Mary Johnson.

Regional Water Reclamation Facility

The City of Sioux Falls broke ground on the Regional Water Reclamation Plant expansion. It is the first major expansion project since the original facility was built over 40 years ago. These improvements will extend the useful life of the overall system and address growth and economic development for the region over the next 20 years.

L to R: Erin Bofenkamp, Mark Hierholzer, Erica Beck, Allyn Brummel, Shad Hochstein, Tony Schnetter, Shannon VerHey, Mark Perry, Reynold Nesiba, Mark Cotter, Bob Mundt, Joe Van Schepen, Mayor Paul TenHaken, Alex Jensen, DANR Secretary Hunter Roberts, Jeff Warkenthien, Phil Greenwood, James Peterson, Chad Meyer, and Chris Anvik.

Startup Sioux Falls Wallbreaking

The Milwaukee Freight Depot building (affectionately referred to as “The Depot”) will be the home base for entrepreneurs and startup founders in Sioux Falls when it opens in Q1 of 2023. Once completed, the building will feature coworking space, conference room space, and a multipurpose space for the startup community. The team at Startup Sioux Falls plans to activate this historic site by building a community of founders and remote workers, hosting regular workshops and programs, and by expanding the reach of their existing resources in this new, more accessible location.

Back L to R: Bob Mundt, Nolan Hazard, Mayor Paul Ten Haken, Allie Hartzler, Steve Watson, Bill Anderson, Mike Lynch, Mike Ridder, and Mark Lukonen.

Middle L to R: Barb Glazier, Peter Hauck, Kayla Huizing, Brienne Maner – Executive Director of Startup Sioux Falls, Jeff Griffin, Amy Moore, Paul Tschetter, Darin Hage

Front L to R: Matt Paulson, Karla Santi, Kayla Eitreim, Keith Severson, Sara Lum, and Jill Mockler.

BritZa Performing Arts Studio

BritZa Performing Arts Studio has been a part of the Sioux Falls community for 36 years as a dance studio. As the business continues to grow, so are the offerings. This new location will feature four studios to teach dancing, acting and singing, along with a retail space for guests and students to purchase items for classes. BritZa is looking forward to offering students the opportunity to study these performing arts in one location.

L to R: Elliott Hahn, Austin Hahn, Amanda Hahn, Sylas Hahn, Pat Starr, Jason Herrboldt, and Karla Santi.

Comfort Inn & Suites Sanford Sports Complex

Leaders from Sanford Sports and MinnKota Hospitality broke ground on the new Comfort Inn and Suites at the Sanford Sports Complex.

This 86-room, four-story hotel will be one of the first ‘Rise and Shine’ prototypes in the country, offering a very contemporary and trendy design, featuring an over-sized swimming pool, meeting space, a beer and wine lounge, and a patio with fire pits.

L to R: Peter Mittelsted, Austin Parks, Scott Lawrence, Steve Young, Emily Linehan, Thomas Squires, Eric Seljeskog – MinnKota Hospitality managing member, Stan Westland, Jeff Eckhoff, Kurt Loudenback, and Ed Ostrom.

Alloy One and Alloy Two at Griffith Park (Enclave)

Enclave broke ground on their two industrial spec buildings in northern Sioux Falls.

Developed by Enclave and constructed in partnership with Valor Contracting, Alloy One and Alloy Two are two new concrete tilt-up industrial spec buildings located on the north side of Sioux Falls with immediate access to I-90 and I-29. The buildings are part of Enclave’s masterplan at Griffith Park situated adjacent to five Aldi-anchored retail lots near Walmart and Starbucks at the corner of North Career Avenue and West 60th Street North.

L to R: Kayla Eitreim, Kurt Loudenback, John Overwise, Jesse South, Jason Thompson, Michael Gullickson, Paul Muscha, Joe Schneider, Brian Bochman – Developer, Enclave, Christina Graalum, and Jeff Eckhoff

Want to Host a groundbreaking?

Over the past six decades, the Development Foundation has hosted hundreds of groundbreakings. If your business is planning an expansion or constructing a new facility in Sioux Falls, contact us to arrange a groundbreaking.

We make it easy for you by providing you with a commemorative mini shovel, bringing the gold shovels for the digging ceremony, inviting media and the business community, and helping you to prepare an agenda for the event.

Students take inside look at potential careers through immersive high school program

Connecting high school students with potential careers is the focus of an effort by the Sioux Falls Development Foundation that has reached hundreds of students this past school year.

It culminates in a weekly internship allowing students to immerse themselves in a business of their choice. And the impact can be big.

Take a look:

Career Connections Program – First PREMIER Bank

Talent Thursday with Kristin Cooke

Talent Thursday is a weekly social media livestream event that spotlights talent and workforce in our area by sharing workforce best practices.

For Thursday, May 26, 2022, we caught up with Kristin Cooke, Strategic Communications Manager for Citizens Bank. While Citizens is based on the east cost, Kristin works remotely here in Sioux Falls. She shares more about her career journey, her current role, and why Sioux Falls is a great place to live and work – whether it be remotely or in person at any of our great businesses.

Talent Thursday is held weekly on Thursdays at 3 p.m. CT on the Sioux Falls Development Foundation’s Facebook page. Follow here: https://www.facebook.com/developsf.

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Forward Sioux Falls is a unique, innovative program designed to grow and improve the Sioux Falls region. Created through a joint venture between the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce and the Sioux Falls Development Foundation, we work to outline strategic initiatives to grow jobs, businesses and quality of life.

Talent Thursday with Kristin Hoefert – Redlinger

Talent Thursday is a weekly social media livestream event that spotlights talent and workforce in our area by sharing workforce best practices.

For Thursday, May 5, 2022, we caught up with Kristin Hoefert – Redlinger of Northwestern Mutual. She shared about her career journey, as well as how Northwestern Mutual’s great internship program has helped them create a strong company culture.

Talent Thursday is held weekly on Thursdays at 3 p.m. CT on the Sioux Falls Development Foundation’s Facebook page. Follow here: https://www.facebook.com/developsf.

 

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Forward Sioux Falls is a unique, innovative program designed to grow and improve the Sioux Falls region. Created through a joint venture between the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce and the Sioux Falls Development Foundation, we work to outline strategic initiatives to grow jobs, businesses and quality of life.

Talent Thursday with Ian Nash of Henkel

Talent Thursday is a weekly social media livestream event that spotlights talent and workforce in our area by sharing workforce best practices.

For Thursday, May 5, 2022, we caught up with Kristin Hoefert – Redlinger of Northwestern Mutual. She shared about her career journey, as well as how Northwestern Mutual’s great internship program has helped them create a strong company culture.

Talent Thursday is held weekly on Thursdays at 3 p.m. CT on the Sioux Falls Development Foundation’s Facebook page. Follow here: https://www.facebook.com/developsf.

 

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Forward Sioux Falls is a unique, innovative program designed to grow and improve the Sioux Falls region. Created through a joint venture between the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce and the Sioux Falls Development Foundation, we work to outline strategic initiatives to grow jobs, businesses and quality of life.

From Atlanta to Sioux Falls, couple with global history chooses S.D. after lots of research

Brian and Katherine Robinson began their move from Atlanta with this question: “Where do we not want to live?”

The couple, who’d spent 12 years overseas before moving back to the U.S., had found “Atlanta had gotten so big and had changed so much,” Brian said. “We thought about living overseas, but with COVID and the uncertainty, the U.S. is probably best for us. So we first blacked out all the areas we didn’t want to live.”

That left a large open space in the middle of the country, from Idaho to South Dakota. The Robinsons began their research from there.

Brian and Katherine Robinson

“Sioux Falls has a lot of good information about it online, there’s a lot of good vibe online about Sioux Falls, so we did a drive,” Brian said. “We came to Sioux Falls in August of last year and then went to Wyoming and Colorado to do a comparison.”

The more they thought about it, the move became clear.

“Sioux Falls is great because it’s big enough but not too big,” he said. “It’s a regional hub, so it has a lot of things a larger city would normally have but a city of 200,000 wouldn’t have. It has changing diversity, it’s growing, the economy is good, and people you talk to are really excited to be in Sioux Falls, so there’s a community aspect.”

They liked that it wasn’t a part of the country where they’d spent much time, “so for us it was another adventure,” Katherine said. “It came down to the in-person visits. We spent time downtown. It’s a very vibrant, exciting, warm, welcoming place, and I think that really did it for us. Being downtown, sitting at the Carpenter Bar, having a drink outside, it just felt really nice and hit a chord.”

Brian and Katherine Robinson

The Robinsons are able to do their work from largely anywhere. Katherine has spent a career in public health and works for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Brian’s retired from a diplomatic career in 2019 that took him to multiple continents. He now does health coaching and runs an online business sourcing and selling vintage clothing and decor.

“COVID allowed us a good solid number of months to soul search and figure out what’s important,” Katherine said. “We’re both in our early 50s, and as we enter this new phase, what is important and what do we really want? We don’t want the hustle and bustle of a big city and traffic. It was really about community and getting back to just living and being happy.”

They moved to Sioux Falls in January.

“We grew up in the South and did all our service overseas in the tropics or subtropics, so we never lived anywhere cold,” he said. “I don’t prefer the heat anyway, so to come here and have it chilly and cold, I kind of like it. It makes you think about weather in a different way. We check the weather every day and never did before, and it puts you more in touch with the natural environment because it has a larger impact on you day to day.”

They found a home in the McKennan Park neighborhood, which appealed to Brian’s affinity for historic preservation, and enjoy walking their neighborhood, visiting the park and frequenting nearby downtown restaurants.

Brian and Katherine Robinson

“We arrived during the Downtown Burger Battle, and we’re health coaches, so it’s probably not wise to have a burger every day, but we did have a chance to try a few of them,” Katherine said. “I realize it was a light winter, but we were prepared. If you’ve got the right equipment and clothing and attitude, you can live anywhere.”

Brian has joined the Founders Club of Startup Sioux Falls to connect with other entrepreneurs, and they’re both finding it easy to travel for work.

“The airport is great,” he said. “It’s a fantasy to leave your house and be at the gate in 20 minutes.”

The Robinsons are a perfect example of the many demographics of people being drawn to Sioux Falls, said Denise Guzzetta, vice president of talent and workforce development at the Sioux Falls Development Foundation.

“We are just thrilled to have them here and that they’re already becoming connected to the community,” she said. “We are seeing more remote workers at all career stages realize how convenient and enjoyable it is to work from their new home in Sioux Falls.”

Brian and Katherine Robinson

For the Robinsons, Sioux Falls has provided a warm welcome and multiple reasons to look forward to their future here.

“People are super friendly and very welcoming, and the amount of arts in the city is really refreshing and nice,” Katherine said. “I love the sculptures and the murals, the Washington Pavilion always has a million things going on, and I love that there’s a lot of outreach to the community and the youth.”

They also enjoy discovering “all the shops and small businesses being opened by recent immigrants,” Brian added. “That’s really exciting. When you think about it, few people in South Dakota have been here that long, so many of us are coming from the same background and moving in.”

Are you looking to make a move to Sioux Falls? Visit siouxfalls.com to learn more about the community, or email deniseg@siouxfalls.com to get connected to career opportunities.

South Dakota ranks as one of the best states to start e-commerce businesses

Build your e-commerce business in South Dakota

With beautiful bike trails, bustling downtowns, and rolling plains of farmland, South Dakota is a great place to call home, but it’s also a great place to start a business!

Our business-friendly tax climate is one of the best in the nation. See why digital commerce company, Nexcess, ranked South Dakota in the top five states to start an e-commerce business.

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VP of Economic Development, Sioux Falls Development Foundation

Groundbreaking Season is Here

Our favorite time of the year: Groundbreaking Season

If your business is planning a construction expansion or a new facility in Sioux Falls, contact the Sioux Falls Development Foundation. Over the past six decades, the Development Foundation has hosted hundreds of groundbreakings.

We make it easy for you by providing you with a commemorative mini-shovel for display, bringing the gold shovels for the digging ceremony, inviting media and the business community, and helping you to prepare an agenda for the event.

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Leah Blom

Social and Digital Media Specialist, Sioux Falls Development Foundation

Career Connections Visits April 2022

The Sioux Falls Development Foundation is working to connect students with in-demand careers in Sioux Falls through our Career Connections program. In April 2022, the students toured businesses in healthcare, construction, and municipal government. Watch this video to learn how the visits changed students’ perspectives on these careers.

 

CAREER CONNECTIONS VISITS APRIL 2022

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