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Huether Now Looks To Future

November 9, 2011, 6:45 AM by Austin Hoffman

Huether Now Looks To Future
SIOUX FALLS, SD - It's been a long road for those on both sides of the events center debate.  But Tuesday night brought an end to debate.

Sioux Falls will soon break ground on a brand new events center. 

Mayor Mike Huether has supported an events center for quite some time. The dream of leading the city to build the facility has now become a reality.

"It has been a changeling adventure but an incredibly rewarding one as well," Huether said.

Huether says he had confidence that Tuesday's vote would turn out the way it did. But with something like this, you never know what the outcome will bring.

"It was a little nerve racking in the beginning because we were behind.  But we knew that in the southern part of Sioux Falls, we knew we would be well there," Huether said.

And it was enough to bring the final "yes" numbers to nearly 60%. But now, the real work must begin.

"We’re about 35% of the way done on the design of this new events center. So we'll finish that up and that we'll put our first shovel in the ground in the fall of next year," Huether said. 

He hopes to have the first event in the fall of 2014.

"Fifty years from now, they won’t remember this day, they won’t remember me, they won’t remember people like Jim Entenman or Build It Now.  But they'll remember that the city moved forward," Huether said.

It's a reward he says the city will be reap for years to come.

"When you put the old work-horse arena, the convention center and the brand spanking new events center together in one big package, my gosh we're going to be powerful," Huether said.

One of the city's next steps is to borrow the needed $115 million to pay for the new events center.

Election Results: 
Yes: 58% (23,283)
No: 42% (16,806)
Voter Turnout: 41%

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