UPDATE: No show for public input on EC campus study

The media reported this morning that only one person from the public showed up to the meeting, and Bruce and I were the only ones from the public who showed up tonight (the others were staff, TF members, etc.)

I’m NOT going to harp to much on it, because I think public input is important, and since Bruce and I were the only two there, we were able to give a lot of input. (Video is below, if you want the responses, just pause video since the presenter FF thru them pretty fast).

But a couple of things may have helped the situation.

I would have informed the public better, I never heard any public announcement about the meetings, I heard it from a fellow citizen. Is that the media’s fault? Not sure?

I would have also had all 4 meetings at night, with maybe one during Saturday morning. I would have also had them all in the same place (like the DT Library).

I could say some other things about the presentation itself, but you can watch that later and be your own judge. But two things that stuck out were too many questions about parking difficulties and this notion that somehow magically we could move the entire campus somewhere else, like DT. As Bruce pointed out, too late, and not relevant. It is where it is.

The cookies were good.


#1 Kathy Bergquist on 07.18.19 at 5:39 am

I did not know about this and I work in the media.

#2 $$$$$ on 07.18.19 at 9:36 am

Once they make their recommendations and attach a dollar amount to it

THEN, they will have the public’s attention!!!!!

#3 Inept? on 07.18.19 at 10:00 am

The next monthly meeting for the EC Campus Study Group is next Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.

On the City’s website they have the wrong location listed. BTW, the wrong location is also listed for March, April, May and June.

No wonder no one from the public has been showing up!

*The meetings were moved from City Hall to the Convention Center months ago.

#4 D@ilySpin on 07.18.19 at 10:23 am

Try advertising it as a free cheese give away. That’ll get em there. If it was advertised on KELO, I don’t get them. They refused to pay their bill with Direct TV and that channel is black.

#5 Blasphemo on 07.18.19 at 11:13 am

I suggest our marketing guru mayor get his priorities straight, and rein in the basics of consistency in information distribution. So much for PTH’s $200k golden boy Director of Info & Tech. That effing auto parts flunky sure has made sure he’ll get a new high tech HQ built for his empire, but can’t be bothered with the basics of event scheduling + clear, consistent readily available public info. We obviously need some adults in the room to slap the dreamers awake & focus on the day-to-day fundamentals of organizational management. Gotta walk before you can run, dummies.

#6 D@ily Spin on 07.18.19 at 3:42 pm

It shouldn’t be hard to win at musical chairs.

#7 l3wis on 07.18.19 at 4:25 pm

I guess there was 6 people at the meeting today at Active Generations. One of them was a manager from a business by the EC. They asked why last summer there was around 14 concerts in the summer and this summer there is 2.

#8 anominous on 07.18.19 at 5:45 pm

when the quarrie Holes finally shut down and they let them flood in will be the time when that event scenter space gets used because ppl wiull need places to park while they swim.

#9 Bring WestSoo Hardward back to the neighborhood! on 07.18.19 at 11:05 pm

I can’t wait for “Quarry Holes Development.” That should be a great taupe opportunity for us all.

#10 Survey Taker on 07.18.19 at 11:43 pm

Thanks for posting this Scott/Bruce. I wanted to attend one of these sessions but none of the times worked out.

and THANK YOU both for your first question. Why wouldn’t they just use ALL the data? Yes, Bruce, I would also love to know what out of town people think versus what people who actually live in Sioux Falls think. These are all just baseline data collection numbers to run.

I think you guys need to dig on this more. Maybe get those numbers and put together your own stats?

#11 The Guy from Guernsey on 07.19.19 at 9:20 am

This task force lost any semblance of credibility with their survey. The selective nature by which citizen input was pruned in the survey proves this task force will only find / hear the info which they choose … in order to provide validation to the ‘solution’ (pre-determined) which will be marketed as ‘vision’.
Why go watch pastry chefs pretend to add to a batter, when the cake was baked a long time ago?

#12 Attendance on 07.19.19 at 10:35 am

Session 1: 1

Session 2: 2

Session 3: 6

Session 4: 3

Message to Task Force from Taxpayers:

Make your recommendations.

Attach a Cost.

Put it to a Public Vote.

#13 scott on 07.21.19 at 12:56 pm

why is there a study group? according to our last mayor, businesses would be falling all over themselves to build out there once the event center was built.

#14 Waiting 4 Dillard's on 07.21.19 at 8:30 pm

Say, whatever happen to that 24 hour a day pawn shop with a big Ben Hur car lot style spotlight at night, a radio tower with a big bright red light on top (near the airport by the way), and a foundry which would produce much coinage?…Oh yah, and a free tatoo for everyone after you eat your $12 sub sandwich, too?….(“I don’t know… but I am still waiting for Trader Joe’s and that nineteen story skyscraper, myself.”…..(“I have a better question: ‘Why is Huset’s called Huset’s again?'”))…..

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