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Events Center Update: Events Center would bring jobs, revenue into Sioux Falls

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By year three, an additional $36 million is expected to come into the city of Sioux Falls every year if an events center gets built.

That number is from city leaders as they gave the monthly events center update Monday afternoon.

The mayor and other city leaders are ready for the events center project to move forward.

"We're using a prudent approach to help manage the expenses of this project," Mayor Mike Huether said.

And that approach was talked about Monday as this month's events center meeting was held and city leaders updated councilors.

How much the project will cost was talked about. It's expected to not exceed $115 million.

And the construction company hired, Mortenson Construction was brought in on the pricing.

"The way we've reached that is to have good local market special pricing and Mortenson sent out 300 letters to local contractors," Mark Cotter said.

Jobs and how many will be created was also talked about. 1,100 construction jobs are expected if the events center gets built. Anywhere from carpentry work to roofers to plumbers to mason workers.

And more than 180 jobs could be permanent once the events center is up and running including events center staff and vendors.

And if it gets built, $36 million could come into the city by the third year and that's something the mayor is all for.

"The impact will happen all over town and it just won't happen at the Arena. It just won't happen at the Sioux Empire Mall. It just won't happen in downtown Sioux Falls. It will happen throughout this city," Huether said.

If you don't know a whole lot about the proposed events center, the city will hold meetings at public libraries and community centers to keep you informed.

They haven't given us those dates yet.

But soon you'll have your chance to vote on whether to build an events center.

The special election will be held November 8. If you need to register to vote you have until October 24. Absentee voting will start at the end of the month on September 27.

If it passes construction will start in August 2012 and it could open in the fall of 2014.

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