Let’s try something.

Let’s try to have a city government that is over-the-top transparent and open to new ideas. Leaders who are responsive to input from the community and leading with legislation.

Let’s try to share our thoughts before they are formed and polished, so our ideas can be nurtured and spread to places beyond our own backyard.

Let’s trust that public comments, contact forms and the virtual public square can be more than SPAM factories and actually be a place of conversation and community.

Most importantly, let’s try to build something. Let’s try to build a community that we want to be a part of.


Brookings is blessed with open-minded, thoughtful leaders. I am honored to now work alongside them. Let’s continue to improve our transparency, information-sharing and public input. I think this website can do this can play a small part in doing this.

If you’d like to help and join the conversation, subscribe, leave a comment, contact me or come back now and then to see what’s happening at Brookings City Council, inside my head and throughout my beloved community of Brookings.

Mobilizing Votes for Scott

We’re in the final stretch. Tuesday is Election Day. Now more than ever, I need your help!

There is a free, easy way to help out. Plus, I think it will be a lot of fun. I’m calling it: Neighborhood Hellos for Scott.

How to help

Knocks and Calls in Your ‘Hood.

I’ve put together a really fun map. It shows everyone who voted in last year’s city election. You can login to the map and talk to at least 10 people right in your neighborhood. You can knock on their door (they’re only a few houses down!) or call them. If you don’t live in Brookings, you can choose a neighborhood at random and give them a call!

This will help get more people to polls and help you meet your neighbors during this beautifully sunny weekend and Monday before Election Day.

Here’s the specific instructions:

  1. Click here to view the map of Brookings voters. Enter the password: 2001.
  2. Zoom in to your neighborhood. You can double click or click the plus sign to zoom in.
  3. Pick at least 10 people in your neighborhood to talk with. Every pin has the person’s name, phone number and address. Give them a knock or a phone call. If they’re not home, leave a voicemail.
  4. When you talk to them, you can use the script below to encourage them to vote and hopefully to vote for Scott.

What to Say

As you talk to potential voters, here is a script you can use as a starting point.


Hello! I’m [your name] (if you’re from outside of Brookings you could add: calling all the way from [your location]) calling/visiting on behalf of Scott Meyer who is running for the City Council. Are you planning to vote this Tuesday?

First Answer

[Option 1] No? That’s fine. There is still time. Could I tell you about Scott Meyer? I think he would be best for Brookings.

[Option 2] Yes? Great! Do you know who you are voting for?

(If voting for Scott) Great! I’m glad to hear it. His idea for attracting and retaining talent and growing the amenities and diversity of Brookings will make our community great.

(If voting for someone else) There are a lot of great candidates in the race this year. Do you know much about Scott Meyer? I would love to tell you a little bit if you have 30 seconds?

About Scott

Scott is a Brookings native with big ideas for the community. He is most excited about:

  • Attracting and retaining talent in Brookings
  • Encouraging openness and diversity
  • Developing amenities and keeping Brookings unique

He’s a young entrepreneur with fresh ideas and energy for the community. I especially like his idea to (choose an idea):

  • use downtown alleyways for new retail spaces
  • expand bike lanes in the community
  • encourage women and people of color to take leadership roles in the community
  • provide community resources in multiple languages to welcome international residents and guests
  • create an arts and entrepreneurship district to promote public art, small start-up businesses and local events

I know Scott would be great for Brookings and hope you will vote for him on Tuesday.

Yes We Can

In an election that typically has fewer than 2000 voters, your help makes all the difference. If you are able to talk to 10 households with two voters each, you are speaking with 1% of the entire voting population. You have so much power!

Let’s use that power for good by encouraging them to vote (most importantly). Ideally, for Scott!

Thank you for the help and for making Brookings great!

100 Voter Registration Challenge

I’ve heard it countless times: young people don’t vote.

The fact is, few people vote at all in city elections. This presents an opportunity. If we can register 100 people to vote in this spring’s election, we can increase the number of voters by over 5%. That will make a huge impact.

The good news is: it’s easy!

In fact, I just changed my voting address last week and it literally took me 2 minutes. Name, address, and driver’s license or social security number. No birth certificate, passport or first born children. In fact, registering to vote was much easier than building my daughter’s IKEA crib. Plus, anyone can drop off the paperwork for you once you sign.

It’s with this in mind that I’m announcing the 100 Person Registration Challenge…and I need your help.

100 Voter Registration Challenge

Before March 30th, let’s register 100 people to vote in Brookings. It could be people who moved to town and haven’t changed their registration or people who may be voting for the first time.

To kick things off, I’ll be holding a fun event on Sunday, March 24th: Suds for Scott – a registration rally. Come in to Wooden Legs between 1-3pm and get registered to vote.

Plus, you can learn how you can help out the campaign and share your ideas with me.

I hope to see you there. Make sure to invite your friends who need to register to vote in Brookings!


Meet Scott D. Meyer

A Quick Introduction


There are four trends shaping our communities. I’ve experienced these trends as an entrepreneur, business owner and community-builder.

I learned entrepreneurship at an early age, watching my father, Dr. David Meyer, start his orthodontics practice in Brookings in 1986. I didn’t know it at the time, but this planted a seed for my passion for creation.

I graduated from Brookings High School and wanted to change the world, so I left my home community. That’s what I thought people who wanted to change the world were supposed to do.

I received an undergraduate degree at Luther College and a master’s degree from University of Tromsø, Norway thanks to support from the Brookings Rotary Club. A decade later, I returned home. I finally realized that the best way I could make a dent in the universe was to start in my hometown.

That’s when my brother and I started 9 Clouds, a digital marketing and education firm that helps rural businesses and communities use technology to grow. Our work spawned a second company, Lemonly, and between the two, we now employ over 25 people, many of whom graduated from SDSU.

I learned from these businesses that talented employees made us successful. This talent needs a reason to stay in South Dakota. That’s why I turned my free time towards starting community-building events in Brookings. I’ve worked with other great community leaders to launch TEDxBrookings, 1 Million Cups and Creativity Week. These events support our goal of making Brookings a creative, vibrant hub for changing the world.

My experience living in Brookings, starting two high-growth companies and leading community events have prepared me to bring energy and ideas to the Brookings City Council. I appreciate your vote and invite you to join our 100 person challenge.