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The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council ranked South Dakota as the No. 1 state in its 2012 Business Tax Policy Index.

South Dakota continues to lead the nation when it comes to assets in the bank - with $2.6 trillion.



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Commissioner Pat Costello

The GOED is set to continue its Cooperative Trade Show program in 2013, and plans are already underway for several of the shows.

“We’ve spent the past few months looking ahead and refining our trade show selections for 2013,” said Pat Costello, GOED Commissioner. “Since we refined some of our key industries last year, we needed to take a look at the shows we were exhibiting at and make sure they are still a good fit for us. As a result, we eliminated some shows, added some shows, and will just attend others before making the decision to exhibit at them.”

For the exhibiting shows, the cost for South Dakota communities to partner with the GOED in 2013 is $1,200, plus travel expenses. That cost includes, show entrance, booth space, access to leads, and networking opportunities, among other benefits.

The GOED will be partnering with communities, industry organizations and companies on the following trade shows for 2013: Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trades (SHOT ) Show, January 15-18, 2013, Las Vegas, Nev.; Williston Basin Petroleum Conference, April 30-May 2, 2013, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; BIO International Convention, May 22-25, 2013, Chicago, Ill.; and Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) Minneapolis, October 30-31, 2013, Minneapolis, Minn.

For more information on the GOED's trade show efforts, visit

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  See a clip of the keynote speaker Dr. Kevin Freiberg in action.

The date is set and the speakers are confirmed for the 2013 Governor’s Economic Development Conference, set for April 16-17 at the Best Western PLUS Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls. Kevin Freiberg will deliver the keynote address, “Win Clients for Life.”

“We have a great conference planned,” said Pat Costello, GOED Commissioner. “Topics range from using incentives in economic development, to retention and expansion, to leveraging traditional and social media.”

Other speakers include Barbara Rozgonyi, presenting on how to use traditional and social media to promote your community; Ronnie Bryant, presenting on business retention and expansion; and Marty Romitti from the Council for Community and Economic Research.

“We are really looking forward to the conference, and taking the opportunity to share ideas and work as a team with our local economic development partners,” said Costello. “Together, there are many possibilities for South Dakota.”

To view an agenda, visit

Recent statistics show that South Dakota is doing a better job of luring college students from out-of-state and keeping them here after graduation than previously thought. In fact, when you figure in South Dakota high school students that leave the state for college, the state still comes out 830. 

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 2013