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Select USA Investment Summit, March 23-24, Washington, D.C

The Governor's Economic Development Conference, April 15, Sioux Falls.

Economic Development Overview, April 16, Sioux Falls

BIO International Convention, June 15-18, Philadelphia.

South Dakota Manufacturing Week, Sept. 28-Oct. 2, statewide.

"Young Adults: Then and Now." Explore how the people aged 18 to 34 have changed over the last four decades.

South Dakota is partnering with South Dakota EPSCoR to sponsor IT Academy.
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A new Career & Technical Education Program will be housed from a South Dakota Certified Ready Site. Read More

Happy New Year

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Pat Costello

With the holiday season behind us, now is the perfect time to reflect on the accomplishments of our past year.

And there were many. From in-state companies expanding, to relocations to South Dakota, to job growth, to capital investment - we have a lot to be proud of.

The GOED's 2014 Annual Report is in the works, but I'd like to give you a sneak peek.

Top Announcements and Locations of 2014:

  • Consumers Supply announced the construction of a new, state-of-the-art facility in North Sioux City. The plant will produce bagged, pelleted, or texturized feeds, and vitamin premixes, creating nearly 20 jobs.
  • Award-winning technology company Sterling Computers announced that the company is relocating its corporate headquarters from Norfolk, Neb., to Dakota Dunes. The expansion includes a new 20,000-square-foot building and a minimum of 10 full-time jobs.
  • 3M announced a $57.6 million expansion in Brookings that includes a 44,000 square-foot addition and 60 new jobs at the medical products facility. This project is on the heels of a 2013 expansion that resulted in a $11.7 million capital investment.
  • Fargo-based Discovery Benefits, a third-party benefits administration and claims management firm, announced an expansion into Brookings, which will result in 20-30 initial hires, and up to 125 new jobs over the next year.
  • Ag Growth International (AGI) announced a new, 120,000 square-foot, Hi Roller production facility in Sioux Falls. The facility will house all production and office personnel.  

Top Rankings of 2014:

  • #1 Best States for Business, Business Cost – Forbes Magazine
  • #1 Policy Environments for Entrepreneurship and Small Business – Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
  • #1 Enterprising States – Business Climate – US Chamber of Commerce Foundation
  • #1 Best States to Retire –
  • #2 State Fiscal Condition Index – Mercatus Center, George Mason University
  • #2 State Business Tax Climate Index – Tax Foundation
  • #2 Business Friendliness – CNBC
  • #2 Business Tax Index 2014: State Systems for Entrepreneurship & Small Business – Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
  • #2 ALEC-LAFFER State Economic Competitiveness Index – American Legislative Exchange Council
  • #2 Top States for Credit –
  • #3 Tax Freedom Day – Tax Foundation
  • #3 Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity - Kauffman Foundation

Shooting Hunting and Outdoors in SD

  SHOT'15 Infographic

The GOED, along with representatives from Aberdeen, Black Hills Power of Rapid City, Britton/Glacial Lakes Area Development, Huron, Madison, Pierre, Sturgis, Vermillion and Yankton are headed to the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas later this month.

The infographic at right illustrates key facts about the Shooting Hunting and Outdoor industry in South Dakota.

The SHOT Show attracts businesses from all 50 states and more than 100 countries, and is the largest show of its kind.

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This is a publication of the Governor's Office of Economic Development. Commissioner-Pat Costello; Deputy Commissioner-Aaron Scheibe; Marketing and Public Relations Director-Mary Lehecka Nelson; Editor and Designer-Jennifer Lambley. © Copyright 2015