SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO-AM) SIOUX FALLS DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION - With another record-setting year behind us and the Sioux Falls area economy looking strong for 2014, it’s tempting to leave the question of future prosperity to the Sioux Falls Development Foundation and our partners in city and state government. But one of the reasons we have seen strength in our local economy and growth numbers is that our business community and local residents are involved and active in making this region the best place in America. In fact, it’s easy to contribute to local prosperity. Here are three things YOU can do to help:
1. Invest in our community. We all know that maintaining infrastructure, putting money into our educational facilities and keeping Sioux Falls and surrounding towns looking good for visitors, newcomers and potential new employers is vital. Those building blocks of progress require investment, in good times and in bad. Expanding our development parks, maintaining our streets and continually enhancing quality of life advantages like good schools and attractive parks can make the difference to expanding or relocating companies.
2. Network—and share your ideas. There are lots of good ideas out there, as community leaders in our area and throughout the country meet challenges just like the ones we face to build a prosperous future. But if we don’t open the lines of communication that might bring those good ideas to our community and our local leaders, we could find ourselves reinventing the wheel. By sharing ideas for community development with others, and being open to fresh concepts that have worked in other places, we can keep Sioux Falls growing.
3. Believe in our future. Having confidence in what we will achieve together can shape the future. You can show your confidence in a variety of ways. Support our local companies and city, county and state government initiatives. Share your belief in the future of Sioux Falls with your neighbors, your out-of-town friends and business acquaintances, and especially, with your children. Be realistic in your community views, but believe in our ability to realize a prosperous future. Let’s not wait for someone else to keep economic prosperity going—let’s work together to make it happen in our regiontoday.
Source: Slater Barr