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  • Pipeline Plastics is expanding into Belle Fourche, creating 25-40 full-time jobs.
  • Sheyenne Dakota, Inc., a West Fargo-based wire and cable harness manufacturer, will expand to De Smet and create 30 jobs.
South Dakota: A Top State for Business

Click here to hear Commissioner Pat Costello discuss the ranking on SDPB.

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South Dakota was ranked at the top of the nation when it comes to business friendliness and the seventh-best overall state for business in CNBC's 2012 ?America's Top States for Business study.

The CNBC annual study measures all 50 states on metrics such as workforce, education, economy, business friendliness, and the cost of doing business.

In 2011, South Dakota ranked 13th overall and 3rd for business friendliness. Read More

Additionally, a new study done for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce credits South Dakota as the top state in the nation when it comes to reasonable taxes and business regulations. And, the Enterprising States study rates South Dakota in the Top 10 when it comes to economic performance, a talented workforce and being in the best position to prosper in the next five to 10 years. Read More

Ethanol Infrastructure Incentive Program resumes
  Blender Pumps
  The Ethanol Infrastructure Incentive Program provides grants to retailers to install ethanol blender pumps, like the ones shown above.
Applications are being accepted for fuel retailers to snag a piece of $960,000 available for blender pump installation through the Ethanol Infrastructure Incentive Program.

The program, which was created last year, aims to help retailers defray the cost of installing ethanol blender pumps. The pumps offer consumer a greater variety of fuel choices, including non-ethanol fuels and higher blends like E15, E30, and E85.

Hunter Roberts, Energy Policy Director at the Governor?s Office of Economic Development, said that the program has already seen success with its first round of applicants.

?The Ethanol Infrastructure Incentive Program is already helping fund the installation of 55 blender pumps at 26 different retail locations across the state,? Roberts said. ?The first round of funding was snatched up rather quickly, which shows us that the interest is large for renewable fuel options in South Dakota.?

The first $760,000 of qualifying project applications will be awarded grants. The additional $200,000 portion of the program funds will be awarded on a competitive basis following the completion of the first phase of funding.

?We are happy that we can continue to have a program in place that helps support local industries and local jobs as well,? Roberts said.

Funding for the grant program was made possible by a partnership between the South Dakota Ethanol Producers Association and the State of South Dakota. For more information or to apply visit

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 2012