Dozens of volunteers are coming together to help Sioux Falls' city leaders create a new vision for the future. The project is called "Sioux Falls Tomorrow" and area residents taking part in the project would like your input.
Alix Hentges has lived and worked downtown for years. She prefers to ride her bike to and from home and would like to see a vision that includes safer paths for bicyclists.
"I try to. It's a little dangerous though so I don't do it terribly often," Hentges said.
Opinions like this one are exactly what Andy Patterson and dozens of Sioux Falls Tomorrow stakeholders and volunteers are looking for. Patterson, who's the Vice President of the Community Foundation, says the group will begin meeting soon to talk about the city's future, with input from a public survey.
"A lot of people who love Sioux Falls talk about what they love about it and what they'd like to see improve or continue to move forward," Patterson said.
The online survey takes just five to ten minutes to complete and asks respondents how they feel about different aspects of community life. It's not a new concept. The project started in 1994.
Sioux Falls Tomorrow convenes every ten years. They hope to wrap up planning in the spring and publish a report to the community in June.
Topics discussed in previous reports have led to changes around town.
"Making the greenway an asset in our community, some of the discussions about secondary or higher ed here in the Sioux Falls area have help kind of be a catalyst for some of those projects that have happened," Patterson said.
That's why Hentges will be weighing in to make sure her voice is heard.
"With the developments on East Bank and things to, you're going to see a lot more downtown residents and hopefully some development down here too, improved grocery stores and things like that," Hentges said.
Sioux Falls Tomorrow will hold a public meeting on March 25 to discuss its preliminary goals.