Sioux Falls, South Dakota State officials discuss long-term strategies


South Dakota State University President Barry Dunn speaks at a joint meeting of the City of Sioux Falls and the university on Monday, July 13, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Sioux Falls.

Sioux Falls and South Dakota State University have something of a symbiotic relationship.

That is, a majority of SDSU students come to the campus in Brookings from the city, and when those students graduate, most of them will come back to Sioux Falls to live and work.

This was the overarching theme of the SDSU Sioux Falls Academy held Tuesday downtown at the Hilton Garden Inn, a chance for university administrators and city officials to meet, greet and continue to strategize a long-term relationship between the state’s largest city and the state’s largest public university.

“Sioux Falls is important to our university not only as a source of students, but just as importantly, a source of jobs for our graduates,” SDSU President Barry Dunn said.

Mayor Paul TenHaken speaks at a joint meeting of the City of Sioux Falls and the university on Monday, July 13, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Sioux Falls.

‘This is not a small city anymore’

Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken spoke to the crowd following Dunn, in a speech largely centered on what he called “this state of hyper-growth that we’re in.”

With nearly $1 billion in building permits last year and a metropolitan area approaching 300,000 people, TenHaken noted “this is not a small city anymore.”

In pitching the city, the mayor ran through something of a greatest hits compilation from the last few years — the public safety training center, Foundation Park’s growth and incoming businesses as well as entertainment projects like Kirby Dog Park and the State Theatre.



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