This is a paid piece from the Sioux Metro Growth Alliance.

Simplified: The Sioux Metro Growth Alliance is hosting the second annual Grow Smarter conference April 11-13 at the Meadow Barn in Harrisburg.

Why it matters

  • The conference is a way for leaders in the region to share ideas, expertise and enthusiasm around growth – something the metro area has seen a lot of lately.
  • Speakers include experts on economics, utilities and development, and attendees will also get a closer look at specific examples of regional growth.
  • Grow Smarter also involves industry and utility partners in conversations about economic development in the Sioux Falls metro. Eric Pauli, community relations manager with Xcel Energy, said he sees the conference as a way for the company to make sure it's taking care of the smaller communities and promoting their growth.
"When we can help them to grow, it benefits all parties collectively across the board," Pauli said.

Tell me more about the event

The three-day conference kicks off Monday, April 11 at 4 p.m. with a tour of Concrete Materials Quarry.

Grow Smarter continues Tuesday, April 12 with an optional tour of Harrisburg and legislative update in the morning.

  • The formal conference kicks off at 1 p.m. with a social and banquet to follow in the evening, and another full-day of conference events on Wednesday, April 13.

Full details will be published soon on the Sioux Metro Growth Alliance website.

Overall, though, the main goal is to get people together to share ideas.

"It really does a great job of pulling together economic development professionals and other civic-minded individuals and leaders from across the Sioux Falls metro to network, to share best practices, new ideas and approaches to economic development," said Steve Watson, development strategist with conference sponsor ISG.

How can I participate?

Tickets are now available at