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The GOED will again be participating in the AFCOM/Data Center World Expo and the WINDPOWER 2012 Expo. Companies or communities interested in participating should visit the

Horizon Machine and South Dakota Silencer for various expansions at both companies.



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Governor Dennis Daugaard discusses Bel Brand's South Dakota location at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif.

When Bel Brands announced the location of its newest cheese plant in Brookings last month, there was more than one state organization involved in its recruitment.

?The Bel Brands announcement marks one of the most significant projects that the GOED has worked on with the South Dakota Department of Ag in recent memory,? said Pat Costello, GOED Commissioner. ?We are always looking for ways to strengthen the relationship between the two departments.?

Other projects the SDDA and GOED have worked on include:

  • SDDA attendance at the GOED?s regular sales committee meetings;

  • Joint training sessions;

  • Monthly meetings to discuss updates and support for development programs, and;

  • Other promising value-added agriculture projects. For example, Pure Pulp in Plankinton is making pulp fiber and pulp fiber products from renewable sources.

?With agriculture playing such a significant role in South Dakota?s economy, it only makes sense for Ag and the GOED to work collaboratively more often,? said Lucas Lentsch, Director of SDDA's Division of Agricultural Development. ?With the knowledge and know-how of both departments, we are all the more likely to see South Dakota?s ag economy move forward.?

Conference Agenda

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Rebecca Ryan

Rebecca Ryan, founder and CEO of Next Generation Consulting is will be the keynote speaker at the 2012 Governor?s Economic Development Conference, April 10 & 11 at the Best Western PLUS Ramkota Hotel & Convention Center in Sioux Falls.

The theme of the conference is ?In It to Win It: Gearing up for Success in Your Community,? and Ryan will discuss innovative and creative ways that communities, local economic developers, and companies can address workforce issues. A complete agenda can be found here.

Immediately preceding the conference is a training workshop called ?Exporting 101: How to Increase Your Market Reach through Exporting,? which runs from 8 a.m. until noon on April 10.

?There is a lot of potential in exporting for South Dakota companies,? said Rock Nelson, Director of the International Trade Center. ?With this workshop, we hope to help companies in South Dakota tap into the resources that are available to help businesses grow.?

To register for the Governor's Economic Development Conference and/or Exporting 101, click here.

Following the conference, Dakota Rising is holding an informational luncheon. For details, click here or 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