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4th Quarter 2019
Forward Sioux Falls: Version 8.0

In 1987, the leadership of the Sioux Falls Development Foundation, the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, and public and private sectors created a community and business development model that has become a national model of best practice in community strategic planning circles.  Coined Forward Sioux Falls, the process started by conducting extensive research in the community through surveys, focus groups, historical analysis and hundreds of one-on-one meetings with business, civic and public officials to determine the highest priorities for the region.  These inputs were analyzed, and a four-year program was developed to serve as a roadmap for all partners to follow. 

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Foreign Diplomats Hosted

The Sioux Falls Development Foundation is stepping up efforts to boost international trade and foreign investments among Sioux Falls area businesses. Working through the International Trade Center under the direction of Rock Nelson, the Foundation, Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and South Dakota Biotech, hosted foreign diplomats representing seven countries (Bulgaria, Hong Kong, Belgium, Philippines, Costa Rica, Spain and Taiwan) from the Consul General's office in Chicago, September 23-25.

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Second Annual WIN in Workforce Summit Scores High Marks from Attendees

They came for information and expertise and left with actionable strategies and new connections to take back to their workplace.

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Chairman's Report: Marketing the Best...To the Best

Over the past year we have focused our efforts on developing the personnel, tools and procedures to address the challenges identified in the Strategic Workforce Action Agenda and our ability to attract new and expanding companies to the region.  Through various partnerships and collaborations with both the public and the private sector, Sioux Falls is positioned itself to be the best.  Now we need to let people know.

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Join us: SFDF annual meeting November 21

The Sioux Falls Development Foundation will hold its Annual Meeting at the Holiday Inn City Centre ThursdayNovember 21, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm, with a brief business meeting beginning at 5:15 pm. The event will include the distribution of this year's annual report of developments throughout our area.

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Other News

President's Report: Manufacturing -- Vital to Our Success

Harrisburg schools implement multi-faceted career education

Economic Development – Recruitment & Attraction

Spirit of Sioux Falls scholarship winners announced


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