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Ryan Budmyar

Dan Kippley   Ryan Budmayr

A new year brings new faces to the GOED - Dan Kippley and Ryan Budmayr are the newest Business Development Representatives at the GOED.

Kippley, who started in mid-December, is based out of the Sioux Falls office and covers the southeast portion of the state alongside Steve Watson. He comes to the GOED with a strong sales background in real estate, manufacturing, technology and pharmaceuticals.

Budmayr, who will start in early January, is a University of South Dakota graduate and will be based in Pierre. He will oversee the west-central portion of the state working closely with Mark Vaux in Aberdeen and Shelly Larson in Rapid City and will focus on promoting international trade opportunities for South Dakota businesses. Before accepting this position, Budmayr was Gov. Daugaad?s personal assistant and scheduler, and served as a West River leader on his most recent campaign.

"We are excited to have these two individuals join our business development team,? said GOED Commissioner Pat Costello. ?I?m confident that Ryan and Dan?s experience and expertise are going to be a real asset for our office."

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Blender Pump Facts

Gov. Dennis Daugaard recently announced that $950,000 will be made available to retail fuel stations in South Dakota to assist with the costs of installing ethanol blender pumps and associated infrastructure, and the GOED will begin accepting applications for the grant program on Jan. 9.

?This program is a terrific way to promote renewable energy and value-added agriculture in South Dakota,? said GOED Commissioner Pat Costello. ?We hope that by assisting our retailers, consumers will choose ethanol more often and therefore support South Dakota?s economy.?

Grant awards up to $25,000 are available for installation of a station?s first blender pump. Grant awards up to $10,000 are available for installation of each additional pump. The majority of the grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis; the final 20 percent will be awarded competitively.

Informational meetings will be held this month in Aberdeen, Huron, Watertown, Sioux Falls, Yankton, Mitchell and Rapid City. For an application and complete program guidelines, visit

This is a publication of the Governor's Office of Economic Development. Commissioner-Pat Costello; Deputy Commissioner-Cody Byrum; Marketing and Public Relations Director-Mary Lehecka Nelson; Editor and Designer-Jennifer Lambley. © Copyright 2011