Sioux Falls Fire Rescue honored with the 2016 Spirit of Downtown Award
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Sioux Falls Fire Rescue was honored with the 2016 Spirit of Downtown Award from Downtown Sioux Falls Inc. for the department’s efforts during the Copper Lounge building collapse Dec. 2.
The award was presented recently at the downtown organization’s annual meeting.
More than 100 downtown business and property owners, city officials and community leaders watched the rescue efforts unfold.
"The tragedy we experienced in early December was unexpected and rocked this community to its core," said DTSF president Joe Batcheller. "Sioux Falls Fire Rescue reassured us with their efforts that we as citizens are in good hands with their highly skilled responders."
The DTSF design & development committee also honored Epicosity with the Carole Pagones Revitalization Award. The award was presented for outstanding local achievement in downtown revitalization and development of the former Good Shepherd Center daytime homeless shelter building, into a vibrant marketing agency office space.
"What an exciting time to be downtown - to be part of what is being built here, and to be a part of this culture," said Epicosity CEO and partner Eric Sivertsen. "We couldn't think of a better place to be with our employees than downtown Sioux Falls."
DTSF also announced its 2017 board officers:
Tiffany Miller, Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith (chair)
Kyle Raph, CO-OP Architecture (vice chair)
Derek Ohme, The First National Bank in Sioux Falls (treasurer)
Jessie Schmidt, Better Business Bureau (secretary)
James Krueger, Click Rain (past chair)
Incoming DTSF board members include:
Angela Avila, Prairie Berry East Bank
Scott Schoenen, East Side Plaza
Vaney Hariri, Think 3D Solutions
Anita Wetsch, Lloyd Companies
Top DTSF staff also have new titles. Executive director Joe Batcheller is now the organization’s president, and communications and membership director Brienne Maner has been promoted to vice president.