Grow Smarter Conference

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Gather with other economic development professionals to grow smarter.

The Sioux Metro Growth Alliance is hosting the Grow Smarter Conference to support economic development leaders by quenching their thirst for networking and educational opportunities with peers so they can be replenished, then go home and create thriving communities.

Registration at this inaugural conference will be limited to 50 and includes a banquet at Chef Dominique’s, networking opportunities, information that will help you understand economic development better, and a signed copy of Serve. Lead. Win.

If you are a municipal investor of the Sioux Metro Growth Alliance, reach out to Jesse Fonkert at for special registration information.


Day 1 – Wednesday, April 28th, 2021

5:30 p.m.: Networking social at Chef Dominique’s

6:30 p.m.: Dinner – Sponsor to be announced soon

7:00 p.m.: Conversation with Paul TenHaken, Mayor of Sioux Falls

Day 2 – Thursday, April 29th, 2021

7:30 a.m.: Registration begins

8:00 a.m.: Welcome and Sponsor Spotlight with Northwestern Energy

8:30 a.m.: Digital Storytelling with Jodi Schwan – Plugging into your community to help tell the story.

9:30 a.m.: Learning about Waste Water Infrastructure’s Impact on Economic Development with ISG’s Steve Watson and Rachael Kloos

10:30 a.m.: Utilizing Public Financing to Grow your Community with Meierhenry Sergeant

11:30 a.m.: The Time to Lead is Now. We Can’t Afford Not to, with Mike Huether (signed book included with registration)

12:30 p.m.: Box Lunch and Leading Your Organization Panel Discussion with Dakota Resources’s Mike Knutson

1:30 p.m.: Adjourn

Locations & Lodging

The Dinner and Networking Social will be hosted at Chef Dominique’s (230 S Phillips Ave, Suite 100, Sioux Falls, SD).

The Conference will be hosted at the Old Courthouse Museum in Sioux Falls, SD (200 W 6th St, Sioux Falls, SD).

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Downtown Holiday Inn (100 W 8th St, Sioux Falls, SD) for your convenience. Room rates are $85 per night. You can call the Holiday Inn at (605) 339-2000 and mention the Grow Smarter Conference to receive this rate. You are also welcome to stay anywhere in the Sioux Falls area.

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Jesse Fonkert

Executive Director , Sioux Metro Growth Alliance