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Ballot committee 'Building a Better Sioux Falls' receives support from Walmart

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Many registered voters in our area are receiving letters from building a better Sioux Falls.

The group says it wants to promote economic development in the city, including a proposed Walmart on the south side of Sioux Falls.

KSFY News met with Craig Dewey, a spokesman for the group this afternoon.

Dewey said their members include community and business leaders and Sioux Falls residents.
but the group's main financial sponsor probably won't come as a surprise to many.

A recent letter campaign by the group 'Building a Better Sioux Falls' asks people to vote in favor of Walmart building on this field

"It is very clear that a long time ago the intersection of 85th and Minnesota was planned for commercial development, as there are two major thoroughfares there, so we really feel like that is the ideal location for a development like this to take place," Dewey said.

And the request for support to develop this plot of land at 85th and Minnesota doesn't stop with voters.

Walmart Director of Communications Delia Garcia said "Walmart is supporting those efforts of the committee and we've made a contribution to the committee of $250,000 for the education campaign."

But the group believes there's more at stake than this field.

"What we're talking about is an issue that's really a lot larger than Walmart. It's a lot larger than the small group of opponents that are opposing the project. This is about the future growth of the city of Sioux Falls, economic development and expanding the tax base," Dewey said.

These letters are just one step in spreading that message.

"It's a challenging and expensive undertaking. we want to ensure that Sioux Falls voters have the facts and the information they need to make an informed decision on April 8th," Garcia said.

"Educating the public on this issue for the April 8th vote is not a simple or easy issue to move forth on as far as the complex nature of all the zoning and so forth, so we'll be spending money and taking advantage of every opportunity we have to help spread that message of growth and job creation," Dewey said.

We reached out to 'Save Our Neighborhood' for their reaction to the campaign and while they haven't had  an opportunity to discuss this as a group, one member told me they stand behind their concerns about how close the project is to their homes and the traffic it will bring.

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