Regional development groups celebrate milestone anniversaries

Two regional economic development groups serving the communities surrounding Sioux Falls celebrate important anniversaries during 2017.



The Minnehaha County Economic Development Association was created 25 years ago when county mayors met to find a better way to work in cooperation to promote economic growth in their hometowns. That meeting led to the involvement of regional utility companies, financial institutions and the Sioux Falls Development Foundation in a partnership that became MCEDA.



The model was so effective that five years later a similar organizing effort created the Lincoln County Economic Development Association. Since its inception, LCEDA has shared an executive director, office and mission with its partner organization in Minnehaha County, but has maintained a separate board of directors.



The two groups have been meeting jointly for the past year in a coordinated strategic planning effort to create a roadmap for the decades ahead. Widely recognized as two of the most successful regional economic development groups in South Dakota, LCEDA and MCEDA will be celebrating their milestone anniversaries this year as they wrap up their strategic planning process.



The Sioux Falls Development Foundation congratulates the two organizations on decades of partnership in building the economy and quality of life in our region. 

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