Contact Info

GOED Offers Post-Conference Session on Community Development

Session Held Day After 2016 Conference
In conjunction with the 2016 Governor's Economic Development Conference, the GOED is hosting a special session Thursday, April 14 at 8:30 a.m. that focuses on Rural Community Development. 

The session is free to conference attendees. 

"We are really excited about this year's bonus session," said Pat Costello, GOED Commissioner. "It is going to feature a number of in-state examples of community development done right, and we are striving for attendees to leave energized with ideas to take back to their own communities." 

This session will also include a discussion with experts about opportunities in small community development. It will highlight the many advantages of small towns, development “best practices” from throughout the region, and what public and private resources are available to support community development action across South Dakota. 

"We are looking forward to this special session, and really encouraging conference goers - especially those from our rural communities - to stick around for this session," Costello concluded.

Community Development Spotlight

Dave Anderson


If you are involved in economic development in South Dakota and from a rural area, chances are you have met Dave Anderson, GOED's Community Development Representative. 

Dave has been in this role since 2008 and typically visits 160-200 communities per year. So far in 2016, Dave has visited 80 communities and 30 small companies.

"My visits are typically in communities with fewer than 5,000 people," Anderson said. "I have the opportunity to visit with city officials and/or economic development professionals and provide them with information on the programs and services that are available to them - whether the service is administered through the GOED or not."

While in town, Dave also visits with small-business owners to see if there is an opportunity to assist in growing his or her companies.

"I may visit with a plumber from Eureka, or a shop owner in Volga to see what their retention and expansion needs are," Anderson said.

Anderson says that issues like infrastructure, housing and labor are topics that come up time and time again, in communities across the state. The GOED utililzes the information Dave gathers to help develop future straetegies in workforce development, finance programs and other campaigns.

Don't Forget to Register!

Registration for the 2016 Governor's Economic Development Conference is now live! The cost for the conference is $150 and the deadline to register is April 6. 

On the Blog...

South Dakota is at the top of the list again! The Tax Foundation recently released their report of State-Local Tax Burdens for FY 2012, finding South Dakota had the 2nd lowest burden in the nation.


Economic Development Overview

Are you new to economic development in South Dakota? Or do you need a refresher on the products and services the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) offer? Attend our Economic Development overview in Pierre on March 22.


New Staff

The GOED welcomes Katelyn Hump, the office's new Grant Administrator.
Katelyn is responsible for administering the Senate Bill 235/Building South Dakota Fund. She reviews the grant applications that will be presented to the Board of Economic Development for approval. Katelyn can be reached at

Follow Us

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 2016