Downtown Sioux Falls announces annual awards

Several downtown supporters were recognized Tuesday with annual awards from Downtown Sioux Falls Inc.

Mike Cooper, the city’s planning and development services director, was awarded the Spirit of Downtown Award. Cooper will retire this spring after 32 years in public service. During his time in the planning and parks departments, he helped lead many significant downtown redevelopment efforts including improvements to Falls Park, the River Greenway and public-private projects such as Uptown at Falls Park, the CNA building/Hilton Garden Inn and Cherapa Place.

Jeff and Sheila Hazard were named winners of the Steve Metli Visionary Award for their work renovating and expanding the Jones421 building as well as many other downtown historic buildings.

The winners of the Carole Pagones Vitality Award were the businesses that stepped up to financially support the trolley in 2018, after it was threatened with discontinuing service. They were: Sanford Health, Lewis Drug, Howalt+McDowell, a Marsh & McLennan agency, Great Plains Brokerage and Sanford Health Plan.

The Downtown Sioux Falls organization also marked its 30-year anniversary at the event.

Downtown Sioux Falls announces annual awards

Several downtown supporters were recognized Tuesday with annual awards from Downtown Sioux Falls Inc.

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