Sioux Falls mayor releases 'Top 10 Wins' list for 2017

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - The mayor of Sioux Falls says a plan to create a $50 million mixed-use parking ramp in the downtown area is the city's biggest victory of 2017.

Rendering of planned mixed-use parking ramp

Each year, Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether issues a list of the 10 biggest "wins" for the city from the previous year. On Wednesday, Huether delivered his list for 2017.

The following is Huether's list of wins:

#1. The future $50 million mixed-use parking ramp captures even bigger dreams for downtown Sioux Falls, above and beyond the long awaited need for more public parking.

#2. Major street reconstruction included South Louise Avenue, 69th and Western, and 56 ADDITIONAL MILES of street improvements. Another $25 million investment in wastewater infrastructure will serve us for at least a century.

#3. Sioux Falls experiences a fifth straight year of record-breaking construction, yet the city stays one step ahead of it.

#4. Our finances are rock solid regardless of the challenge, and by the way, Sioux Falls saves $25 million in interest payments with prudent debt management.

#5. Golf reaches a new level with Elmwood’s grand reopening, the Crooked Pint Ale House/Holiday Inn located there, and after 23 years, hiring a new management company.

#6. Collaborative development pays off big time with Win Chill, Gage Brothers’ expansion, the downtown Sioux Falls Cascade project, and an announcement soon that will kick off the railyard redevelopment vision.

#7. We celebrate tobacco-free public spaces, emergency medical services excellence, Patient Centered Medical Home Level 3 recognition, and a significant investment in Behavioral Health.

#8. Our new City Administration Building, a first since 1936, is being built on time, under budget, and will dramatically enhance service to our employees and residents for decades.

#9. Fleet management for all departments has been centralized to capture efficiencies, execute best practices, and control costs.

#10. Sioux Falls embraces our ever-changing diverse community by protecting human rights, improving relations, adding community resources, and executing initiatives that promote compassion for ALL citizens.