Recently I was given an issue of the Sioux Valley Electric members magazine from September 1984, containing an article by the late Roger Hainje, then vice president of the Sioux Falls Development Foundation. Hainje laid the groundwork for the creation of the Lincoln and Minnehaha County Economic Development Associations years before our organizations were created. In addition, when Hainje became president of the Development Foundation, he extended the hand of partnership that made LCEDA and MCEDA possible.
In the magazine article, Hainje pointed out that Sioux Falls and the surrounding communities had the same economic goals—and that the benefits from growth flow both ways. As Sioux Falls develops, so do the towns in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As each community grows, Sioux Falls reaps rewards from an expanding customer base and a dynamic pool of skilled employees.
Hainje also recognized in 1984 that the communities in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties had a distinct advantage because of their attitude. Our towns have the ability to work together, he said in the article, and that is the key that makes all the pieces fall into place. It was true then and it is still true today. A spirit of cooperation, a commitment to progress and a strong partnership created two successful regional economic development organizations that serve today as a model for the rest of the state. Our collaboration with the Development Foundation is still strong and our dedication to building a better future for our communities and our state is unchanged.
This year, we celebrate two milestones—the 25th anniversary of the Minnehaha County Economic Development Association and the 20th anniversary of the Lincoln County Economic Development Association. After decades of development, consistent economic increases and national recognition as one of the fastest growing regions in the US, Lincoln and Minnehaha County communities are still proving the power of partnership in making progress possible.
Roger Hainje understood our shared mission over 30 years ago. Our success continues because of the far-sighted economic development leaders who are working hard today in the communities of Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties.
By Nick Fosheim, Exeuctive Director, Lincoln & Minnehaha County Economic Development Associations
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