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GOED to Welcome New Commissioner

Scott Stern to Assume New Role Sept. 1
GOED Commissioner Scott Stern
Gov. Dennis Daugaard recently announced his appointment of Scott G. Stern as Commissioner of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, effective Sept. 1.

Stern is a Freeman, South Dakota native and a graduate of the University of South Dakota. He spent 29 years working for his family company, Stern Oil. For 14 years, he served as the vice president and general manager. More recently, Stern worked for Petro-Canada America, a division of Suncor Energy, as a district sales manager.

“I am excited to return to South Dakota to support and advance the opportunities with existing businesses and continue to welcome new prospects that want to make this state their home,” Stern said.

During his years in Freeman, Stern served two stints on the city council and took leadership roles in the Freeman Chamber of Commerce and the Freeman Economic Development Corporation. He also served as a Dakota Rising small business mentor.

Stern and his wife, Staci, have three grown children. He will replace Pat Costello, who stepped aside as GOED Commissioner at the end of June.


SHOT Show 2017

The GOED will be attending the 2017 Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show, January 17-20 in Las Vegas. Community Economic Development Organizations interested in a partnership should contact Jen Lambley or visit the "tradeshow opportunities" tab on our partner website.

On the Blog...

The results are in! This spring, the GOED sent out a survey to all local Economic Development Corporations to gather budget and funding source information. We received 78 responses to the questionnaire and have compiled the data collected. 


Mark Your Calendar

Manufacturing Week:

Mark your calendars for the 2016 South Dakota Manufacturing Week, which will be held Oct. 3-7. The week's events culminate on National Manufacturing Day on Friday, Oct. 7.

Conference & Giant Vision:

The 2017 Governor’s Economic Development Conference and Governor’s Giant Vision Business Competition will be April 26 in Sioux Falls. Details to follow.

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