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Registration for the 2014 Governor's Economic Development Conference closes April 8. If you haven't already registered,click here to access our online form. See you there! 

Meade County is the 8th fastest growing county in the nation. Learn more about this ranking on the GOED's new blog!

Showplace Wood ProductsCarl V. Carlson Company, and Troy’s Wood Specialties were all approved for low-interest financing for upcoming projects.
Additionally, aWatertown site was certified under the GOED'sCertified Ready Sites program.


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  Approximately 22 local economic developers gathered in Pierre in March for the GOED's first New Practitioner Training session.

The GOED successfully kicked off its first training session on March 11th when it hosted the GOED Overview for New Economic Practitioners.

Approximately 22 practitioners gathered in Pierre to learn more about the resources available to economic developers. Topics included business development resources, data resources, current campaigns, cooperative opportunities, as well as an overview of the structure of the state office.

"I'm pleased that our first session was so well-received," said GOED Commissioner Pat Costello. "Having the opportunity to reach out to and touch base with our local developers is beneficial to all parties."

The session was one of four - the remaining sessions will be held in Pierre in June 10, September 9 and December 9, and are open to not only new economic developers, but also veteran developers, board members, and other interested individuals. Click Here to send an e-mail RSVP.

The GOED will also be offering training on its Request for Information (RFI) process in Pierre on April 10 and Rapid City on April 25 and in Watertown on June 11.

"The RFI Training is a great session for local economic development offices that wish to work with the state on joint information requests," said Costello. "Staying up to date on our procedures and requirements really helps the process go smoothly when we are under the gun to provide information to a prospect."

To RSVP for one of the RFI Training sessions, please contact your local planning district representative. Contact information and a regional map can be found here.

For a full list of economic development training opportunities,

Hello farewell

Jeff Haverly Nathan Lukkes
Jeff Haverly Nathan Lukkes

Jeff Haverly of Rapid City has been selected as the GOED's newest Business Development Representative. Haverly will cover Region 4 - which includes counties in western South Dakota - and will spearhead the office's efforts in the Oil & Gas industry.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Nathan Lukkes will be leaving the GOED at the end of April. Lukkes accepted a position with the South Dakota Board of Regents. His replacement is yet to be named.

For more information on the GOED's business development representatives, pleaseclick here to view our map.

This is a publication of the Governor's Office of Economic Development. Commissioner-Pat Costello; Deputy Commissioner-Nathan Lukkes; Marketing and Public Relations Director-Mary Lehecka Nelson; Editor and Designer-Jennifer Lambley. © Copyright 2014