Why is Sioux Falls so successful? It is ran like a bizzo . . .

This is a fun article;

So what’s the secret? Why is Sioux Falls doing so well when many other cities are struggling? Well the mayor says it’s because they “run it like a business.” That’s a line we’ve heard a thousand times and, after decades in the public sector, I’m among the first to quickly respond that governments are nothing like a business. But I hear a little different meaning in the phrase from Huether. He means that city officials manage the taxpayers’ money as if the city were a business that would go belly-up if it weren’t careful. “Businesses shut down when they have a bad business plan, and the exact same principle applies in government,” he says.

In other words, ‘Loose Lips sink ships.’ and as long as city hall stays non-transparent, this ship will stay afloat.



9 comments ↓

#1 Justin on 07.17.12 at 3:15 pm

Wow you are committed to your narrative. I want to see more cartoons.

#2 l3wis on 07.17.12 at 3:22 pm

The mayor is great at controlling his message. I will give him credit for that. How is that accomplished? By keeping things quiet. The Debra Owen termination is a great example of this. When that cat got out of the bag look how it blew up in his face.

#3 Justin on 07.17.12 at 3:34 pm

That’s cartoonish, but I want the real thing.

#4 l3wis on 07.17.12 at 9:33 pm

Justin, you are a cartoon. Put your Blackberry and hair gel down for a moment and take a deep breath.

#5 Pathloss on 07.17.12 at 9:37 pm

Sioux Falls is successful because we are in the right place at the right time. There’s a draught but crops and prices are better than Ohio or Illinois. Soon there’ll be a major pipeline south from Canada oil mush. The first oil refinery in 25 years will soon be south of here. Wind energy grows here. Medical and financials thrive because there’s no corporate income tax or interest ceiling. There’s a work force who works for beans and they can make it without state income tax. Huether is the killer. The 110 million events center corruption will bankrupt the city but surrounding cities (where we’ll move to to escape infrastructure collapse) will hardly suffer.

#6 Pathloss on 07.17.12 at 9:44 pm

The only significance for the events center will be the capacity crowd to witness the implosion of the unsafe underfunded corruption scandal. The best events center decision will be immunity for contractors and developers who implicate and terstify to imprison Huether.

#7 Detroit Lewis on 07.18.12 at 5:12 am

I see the Argus republished this story today? Hmmm

http://www.argusleader.com/article/20120718/VOICES05/307180037/My-voice-secret-Sioux-Falls-success?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Home|s

#8 The Guy From Guernsey on 07.18.12 at 9:47 am

DL – Well, if the piece had run in the SF Business Journal, I would be worried that Jodi Schwan might be a reader of South Dacola !

#9 l3wis on 07.18.12 at 10:23 am

I’m wondering if this Funkhouse dude is a friend of the mayor’s?