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Survey Results Show Residents' Concerns

February 11, 2014, 6:14 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Survey Results Show Residents' Concerns

How do you view the city of Sioux Falls?

A recent survey asked residents several questions about the condition of the city, and thousands of you answered.

The Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation helps local donors decide where to invest in the community.

A survey called "Sioux Falls Tomorrow" asked what residents think of the city.  2,600 people responded.

"We were really overwhelmed people's enthusiasm for sharing what they loved and what they wanted to see changed in their community," Andy Patterson, with the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation, said. 

Patterson says a lot of the things people want to see changed are pretty common for a city expanding as quickly as Sioux Falls has.

"Transportation is something that came up. Some public safety came up. A lot of things that have to do with as we grow with the community, some of the strains that you might feel are growing pains. That was a theme that we did hear in the survey," Patterson said. 

They also used the survey to determine what areas residents would like to see remain the same.

"The vast majority of people are very excited about the direction of the community and feel great about the quality of life that we get to have here in Sioux Falls," Patterson said.

This information will help leaders in the community decide where they can step-in and help.

"What we hope, and what has happened in the past, is maybe a government entity or a non-profit or a donor will see something identified as a need, and then they will go ahead and really go to work on that specific area. And so our hope is that the survey and all this works together to lift up opportunities. And then as a community, we can tackle those and really make Sioux Falls an even better place," Patterson said.

This survey is sent out every 10 years.

A public meeting will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Sioux Falls on March 25 for those who didn't fill out a survey.

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