Early career spotlight: Marketer impacts success of Sioux Falls businesses, youth

by Sara J. Gillis, Director of Talent & Workforce Development
Published 03/10/2020

From promoting Sioux Falls to businesses and workers to coordinating groundbreakings and many other duties in between, Megan Jansick is a one-woman marketing operation for the Sioux Falls Development Foundation. But what distinguishes Jansick’s impact is her passion for improving the community that she’s come to call home.

Originally from Rapid City, Jansick planted roots in Sioux Falls in 2012.

“I am not originally from here, but I certainly have grown to adore this community. As many have referred to it before, it really is a hidden gem,” she said.

Jansick’s position as the director of marketing involves relationship-building and educating the public about the role that the Development Foundation plays in economic development and area workforce initiatives to grow the Sioux Falls community.

“I feel like my role really allows me the opportunity to promote the importance of what happens within my office. I love telling everyone about what this office does and why we are important to the growth of Sioux Falls and the history that comes along with being an employee at the Development Foundation and all of the programs we support,” she said.

She also recognizes that the marketing she does outside of the state brings a lot of value back to Sioux Falls.

“Being a west-river gal, I am just pleased as all get-out to be a part of a growing, and more importantly, a thriving community that is focused on moving forward and not being willing to just be complacent with what we have,” Jansick said. “I enjoy working to land a new business that offers more career opportunities for area workers and recruiting new workers to town to fill open positions that we may have.”

But beyond the daily interactions with businesses and others who shape the greater Sioux Falls business community, Sioux Falls has also provided a wealth of opportunities for her to serve, including committee work on behalf of the arts (Sioux Falls Design Week and the Hartford Spring Art Show), volunteer work in support of young leaders (Sioux Falls Rising Leaders and Young Professionals Network), and service work to improve public education (Sioux Falls School Boundary Taskforce). And as a recent graduate of both the Evan Nolte Leadership Sioux Falls program and of Think 3D Solutions’ Leaders of Tomorrow program, Jansick is prepared to continue to lead, both in her career and on behalf of her community.

“All of this involvement has opened many doors for me, both professionally and personally,” she said. “Compared to other communities I’ve lived in, the one thing that I fully appreciate about the Sioux Falls community is the willingness to embrace me and other people who have ideas to share to support youth and the arts and to ensure that they remain prevalent in our community.”