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Sioux Falls mayor updates council on Events Center progress

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Voters approved it last month and it's set to break ground next year.

Tonight, we learned new information about the Sioux Falls Events Center project.

The first events center update was held Monday.

Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether appeared before the city council and talked about the progress the project is making.

A majority of voters last month gave a green light to a $115 million Events Center to be built over by the current Arena and Convention Center. But what has the city been working on since that vote? Mayor Huether clued all of us in Monday.

The project has been split up into various groups including: design and construction, budget and financing, planning and zoning, community development and a legal department.

And the groups are getting to work. Part of the work involves an evaluation of the soil over in that area.

"That will help us identify where the rock or quartz side is and that's important, rock is good sometimes and bad other times," Huether said.

And that could influence the design.

In the budget department, they're preparing for a January bond sale.

And Huether says they'll soon be earning interest off those bonds.

"We can use that to also pay for some of the expenses with this project such as paying down the debt," Huether said.

Work has been underway from the community development group as they're working on getting private donors for naming rights and other sponsorships, something Huether says is coming along.

"And I will let you know there is a demand for all of them," Huether said.

Many people wanting to get involved.

Today is update one and there are 32 more events center updates to go.

The next update will be held next month, January 9th.

The mayor also wants the public to be involved in this whole process. He says that's what made the November vote so successful.

You can be part of the design or facility management committee.

To do that you'll need to fill out a form. You can find the link on the upper left side of your screen.

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