Economic development consultant Dean Barber comes from Plano, Texas, to tell us that Sioux Falls is a surprisingly happening place for a "fringe" city "at the edge of nowhere." Residents of anyplace more than five miles from the I-29/90/229 ring, take whatever umbrage you feel appropriate.
Edge-of-nowhere resident Scott Ehrisman takes proper umbrage at Barber's celebration of Mayor Mike Huether's hubristic declarations in meeting with Barber and other site selection consultants. Said the mayor:
“We should make the top two or three with every project you have,” he unabashedly told the assembled site selection consultants.
...[H]e passionately states that red tape doesn’t stand much of a chance in his city, with expedited permitting guaranteed. “We get s[...] done,” he said [Dean Barber, "Surprises Galore at the Edge of Nowhere," Barberbiz, 2013.05.12].
Yes, Mr. Barber, the city and state are very acommodating to ‘business’ but when it comes to their workers, they tax their food and pay them low wages. The unemployment rate in SD is low, because people here have to have multiple jobs to make ends meet. Funny how our mayor will pull no stops when it comes to ‘red tape’ for businesses, but when it comes to it’s residents he will threaten to haul your ass to the pokey for having grass that is 9″ high [Scott Ehrisman, "Mayor Huether: We Get S*** Done!" South Dacola, 2013.05.14].
Barber praises our humble Governor Dennis Daugaard, who hands out plates at the site selection meeting and does not "puff up and take full credit" for his state's balanced budget. Mr. Barber, perhaps you should come back during an election year and reformulate your opinion.