Join us to hear from Sioux Falls Mayor Paul Tenhaken on "A Growing Region, A Comprehensive Plan" on Tuesday July 27th starting at 11:45am.
Lunch is provided, so pre-registration is required for this event.
Paul TenHaken was elected the 32nd Mayor of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in May 2018.
Since taking office, Mayor TenHaken has led with a focus on public entrepreneurship,
innovation, employee culture and fiscal responsibility. As a growing economic, cultural
and population center in the region, Mayor TenHaken has taken strategic steps to
ensure South Dakota?s largest city continues its success by investing in critical
infrastructure projects, fostering accessible housing opportunities across all income
levels, and making sure Sioux Falls has a strong foundation to be the best community to
live, work, raise a family and retire.
In 2019, Sioux Falls became the first city in South Dakota to receive AARP?s coveted
?Age-Friendly Community? designation. In January 2020, Mayor TenHaken launched
the Sioux 52 Mentoring Initiative with a goal of recruiting 5,200 new mentors in the
community so that every child and adult in need of a positive influence in their life is
provided that opportunity. Sioux Falls? appeal as an urban center has also grown under
Mayor TenHaken?s leadership with the completion of the State Theater in downtown,
increased funding for the arts, the launching of one of the nation?s first 5G networks,
and deploying innovative approaches to improving the service and reach of the city?s
Mayor TenHaken?s commitment to public safety and health has also provided traction to
key endeavors for the region. The community?s first Triage Center is set to open in 2020
for those in the midst of mental health and drug-related crises as an alternative to jail
and hospitals. Additional resources to Police in staff, training and resources has also led
to record drug seizures since taking office. He also led the effort to secure funding and
public support for a new Public Safety Training Center and Metro 911 Dispatch facility.
Early in his tenure, Mayor TenHaken was selected to participate in the Bloomberg
Harvard City Leadership Initiative with a focus on innovation?a partnership that has
offered training opportunities and access to a global network of municipal leaders. In
2020, Mayor TenHaken was appointed to the Environmental Protection Agency?s Local
Government Advisory Committee.
Mayor TenHaken leads with a people-first approach. His focus as a mayor is on
engaging people across Sioux Falls and the region to build and grow the community.
Mayor TenHaken takes an innovative outlook in working to make local government
more effective and in growing employee culture. In 2020 he created the first Chief
Culture Officer position to engage the City?s workforce and to enhance workplace
Before taking office, Mayor TenHaken established a reputation in the Midwest as a
leader in the marketing technology sector. In 2008, he founded Click Rain, a marketing
technology agency in Sioux Falls that is recognized as a leader in the industry for
innovative product offerings and a unique workplace culture.
Mayor TenHaken has won numerous national business and entrepreneurial awards
over the years, but his proudest accomplishment is his family?wife, Jill, and their three
young kids. Mayor TenHaken is also the co-founder of the Dispatch Project?a non-
profit that organizes overseas mission opportunities for business leaders. In his free
time, Mayor TenHaken is an avid athlete who enjoys competing in triathlons and
obstacle course races as well as volunteering with his church and community.