“I believe there are countless examples of amazing people and inspirational stories in our city,” says Councilor Marshall Selberg, Southwest District. “We see it in our neighborhoods, schools, churches, and in our own homes. This citizen recognition program offers us an opportunity to recognize those everyday individuals who are making a difference in Sioux Falls. Let’s find them!”
In January 2018, the City Council approved a resolution establishing the SIOUXPERHERO Citizen Recognition Program. The objectives of the program are to emphasize positive stories, people, and developments in Sioux Falls, and encourage others to become more active, positive forces in the community. “If you know someone who is making a difference, we want to hear from you,” says Councilor Selberg. “Publicly recognizing these SIOUXPERHEROES can be a small token of our community appreciation for their selfless efforts.”
Nomination forms can found at www.siouxfalls.org/myhero or by visiting Carnegie Town Hall located at 235 West Tenth Street. Nominations that meet the eligibility requirements will be reviewed by a panel consisting of four City Council members, two Sioux Falls residents, and one City staff member who will recommend nominees to the full City Council for recognition. Once approved by the City Council, the SIOUXPERHERO(ES) will be recognized on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the start of their regular meeting.
Nominations:Anyone can nominate a SIOUXPERHERO. Nominations submitted by the second Friday of each month will be considered for recognition at the first City Council Meeting of the following month. Nominations that meet the eligibility requirements will be reviewed by a committee consisting of 4 Council Members, 2 Citizens, and 1 City Council Staff Member.
Award:Each recipient will receive a Formal Letter of Recognition signed by the Mayor and Council. Recipients will have their name appear on a plaque that will displayed for citizens in Carnegie Town Hall. Recipients will be recognized on the City of Sioux Falls website and social media sites.
Eligibility & Selection Criteria Guidelines:
Nominations are based on overall positive achievement, impact, and/or contributions to the community.
Citizens that have resided in Sioux Falls for at least 12 consecutive months are eligible.
Recipients are eligible to receive no more than one Citizen Recognition Award in a 5 year period.
Nominations on matters of political controversy, events/organizations with no direct relationship to Sioux Falls, or individuals focused on political campaigns/events contrary to city policies will not be eligible.