Long-range strategic plan will seek community input

Preliminary work has begun on a long-range, community-wide strategic plan that will provide a blueprint for moving Sioux Falls forward in the next decade.

Forward Sioux Falls is leading collaboration with the City of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation, Sioux Empire United Way and the Sioux Falls Public School District.

RDG, an Omaha-based consulting firm, has been hired to coordinate the plan, which will focus on quality-of-life attributes including, but not limited to:

  • Arts/Entertainment/Recreation/Leisure
  • Education/Training/Workforce
  • Health & Human Services
  • Housing
  • City Image/Marketing
  • Public Safety

A plan to engage the public in the project has been designed and will be implemented later this summer. This will include surveys, listening sessions, community roundtables and open houses. In addition, there will be opportunities for community members to participate and provide input during existing events held throughout Sioux Falls to meet people where they are.

An awareness campaign will ensure audiences are educated in the process and welcomed to participate. This will include a dynamic website to engage and provide meaningful input and feedback, social media notifications and promotional materials to inform the public about the project and how they can become involved.

The strategic plan is scheduled to be completed by April 2023.