City leaders have unveiled a new plan to spur economic development in Northwest Sioux Falls.
It's a 3 square mile area around the new Denny Sanford Premier Center that will be named the 'Sioux Falls Sports and Entertainment District'.
The new district will have these boundaries: I-29, I-90, Minnesota Avenue and 6th Street. It includes places like the Sioux Falls Regional Airport, the Sanford Sports Complex, the new Denny Sanford Premier Center and the Elmwood Golf Course - which is one spot hoping to reap some benefits.
"We're a busy golf course but we can accommodate more. I think we'll have more events as more activity gets around the area when the sports complexes get going," President and Director of Golf Tom Jansa said.
Sioux Falls city leaders are looking at how they can improve economic development for 25 years down the road, especially once the new events center is built. The city hopes to use the plan to market the area, create development opportunities and leaders are confident it can be done.
"We quickly came to the conclusion that the potential is pretty strong for this area to see some dramatic economic impact, directly from the events center, and indirectly from what's going on from things in the NW area," Mike Cooper said.
Despite the construction mess, the Elmwood Golf Course staff is thrilled to be part of the district and be a place where more people will stop to play a round or two.
"In a couple years, it'll all be over and it'll be great, fun to watch and to be in the middle of something exciting," Tom Jansa said.
With the development, over the next 25 years, leaders predict a population increase of more than 10,000 people, more than 15,000 new jobs and 5,000 new homes.
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