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Sioux Falls; a tech hub

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Sioux Falls is in the headlines yet again. Techie.com named our city one of the most promising tech hubs to watch in 2014.

The website cited our strong start-up culture, local universities and vocal advocates as major factors in selecting Sioux Falls.

Tech start-ups have been popping up all over Sioux Falls -- and it looks like the trend will continue in 2014. Many are making the move back to Sioux Falls for these tech jobs.

"Technology's not going anywhere,"said Joe Kepley, Director of Development at Blend Interactive.

Seven or eight years ago, the number of web development companies in Sioux Falls was sparse. Take a look now and these startup companies are popping up everywhere.

Derek Fernholz moved from Minneapolis to Sioux Falls specifically for his tech job at Blend Interactive.

"Before I lived here a couple of years ago, if you would have said name top 10 , Sioux Falls wouldn't have been on the list.  But now living and working in this environment, I can see where it's coming from," said Fernholz.

Fernholz says he's not alone; he's seen others who have come back to Sioux Falls for these ever-increasing startups.

"Just in the last six, eight years having these Internet, marketing ,advertising agencies like Blend , have really come into their own at a national and local level. So we're staring to develop a culture for that here," said Fernholz.

Even though there are more web development companies than in the past -- it's more of a partnership between firms rather than competition.

"It's a bit of a collaborative environment that most of us are doing nationally because the works isn't really bound to geography. So it's less of a competitive feel among businesses and more of a collaborative feel," said Kepley.

Some of the other cities that made the list are nearby St. Paul and Minneapolis, Fort Collins, CO and Kansas City.

 

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