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Foundation Park to Become State's First Megasite

Big companies looking for a big site may soon find just what they are looking for in South Dakota. That’s because the state’s first-ever megasite, Foundation Park, was announced last week.

The park, located in northwest Sioux Falls, sits on more than 800 acres with access to two major interstates, is minutes away from the Sioux Falls Regional Airport, and is fully serviced by the BNSF railroad.

“Foundation Park is truly going to be at a regional transportation crossroads,” said GOED Commissioner Pat Costello. “Additionally, the site’s proximity to Sioux Falls – a nationally recognized, fast growing trade area – gives the state of South Dakota and the community of Sioux Falls the opportunity to attract larger national and international projects.”

The park will contain a mix of heavy and light industrial sites, ranging in size from 2.5 acres to 100+ acres.

“South Dakota historically has a very strong manufacturing base,” said Commissioner Costello. “Having a site of this magnitude will open doors for us to further grow our manufacturing sector that have not been open before.”

To learn more about Foundation Park, please contact Slater Barr, President, Sioux Falls Development Foundation, at 605-339-0103.


“You Can Live Here” Campaign Reaches One-Month Mark

When the state launched its latest workforce recruitment campaign, state officials anticipated some attention. The series of videos, testimonials and digital media spots branded “South Dakota: You Can Live Here,” hitches on to current trending topics, with the first being the colonialization of Mars. “Why die on Mars when you can live in South Dakota?” the campaign asks.

What state officials didn’t anticipate was a viral video, praise from Matt Lauer of the Today show, and late-night pokes from the likes of Jimmy Fallon.

“We received 265 mentions from media outlets across the country, reaching 355 million people,” said Pat Costello, GOED Commissioner. “The value of that kind of publicity, had we been paying for advertising, would be more than $300 million, which is just phenomenal.”

That, Costello noted, was all before the campaign’s official launch on May 1.

“We certainly found our hook, and now we want to drive people to, get them to look at our more than 15,000 open positions, and ultimately make the move to South Dakota,” Costello said. “The bottom line is, the campaign is working like it is supposed to. Workforce recruitment is a real issue in South Dakota and across the nation, and I’m proud to be taking a pro-active approach.”

Interested in the research behind the campaign? Click here to learn more!

GOED Welcomes Business Development Intern

The GOED's business development team has a new least until classes resume at the University of South Dakota.

Kevin Wagner, who grew up in Whitewood, will be assisting the business development team in lead generation for the upcoming BIO Convention and Minnesota Blitz. He will also help to be at the forefront of promoting the IT Academy to employers.

He will be junior this fall, and is majoring in Business Administration with a double minor in Marketing and Entrepreneurial Studies.

Welcome, Kevin!

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South Dakota at BIO

The GOED will be exhibiting at the 2015 Biotechnology International Convention this month in Philadelphia, from June 15-18. To learn about partnership opportunities with the Governor's Office of Economic Development, click here.


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