I got a flyer in the mail today from the Build It Now group. It would seem the theme of the flyer is a take off on the 1989 drama/sports/fantasy film called "Field of Dreams." The movie is about a novice farmer, who while walking in his cornfield, hears a voice that whispers, "if you build it, he will come" and he sees a vision of a baseball diamond.
I guess, the mayor and his Build It Now companions like fantasy so much they had to adopt the fantasy film's theme of "build it and they will come" with the flyer stating "If you build it, jobs and revenue will come." There is nothing wrong with dreams and visions, but when one's dreams rely on fantasy numbers that are estimates and forecasts instead of reality and facts, one's fantasy is just that, a fantasy.
So, South Dakota is not heaven unless we build the event center? Poppycock! Don't hire this group to market tourism for the State of South Dakota. They said it's not heaven here. The flyer states Sioux Falls doesn't need an Economic Miracle. All we need is a structure that will generate economic activity to the tune of $40 million dollars of new economic impact a year.
Where does that $40 million come from? Fantasy makes for a great movie. $40 million dollars of new economic impact each year sounds like a fantasy without facts to support it.
Is building the event center now heaven? No, it's a fantasy.