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Conference attendees: Don't forget to fill out yourevaluation form! To view photos from the 2013 conference, visit our facebook page.

The GOED and a small delegation of local economic developers attended the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in early May. Click here to learn about future co-op opportunities.

SD&I Magazine has named Dakota Security Systems Inc. to its Fast50 list as one of the 50 fastest-growing systems integration firms.

Lake Area Technical Institute was named one of the Top 4 Two-Year Colleges by the Aspen Institute. 

Commissioner Pat Costello discusses the GOED's wage study in the latest issue of Prairie Business


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The GOED's business development reps are pounding Minnesota pavement this month during their Minnesota business blitz May 13-15.

"The goal here is to continue our ongoing conversations with Minnesota companies that may be considering a South Dakota move," said GOED Commissioner Pat Costello. "Additionally, we are working in conjunction with the Department of Labor and Regulation on workforce development efforts."

Combined, the five Business Development Representatives from the GOED plan to meet with representatives from 30 different companies in the two-day span. Governor Daugaard will also be present for a number of the meetings.

"Having the governor's presence at this type of meeting is really an asset," Costello said. "We always say that South Dakota's size is its strength, and the accessibility of our leaders is one of the ways we can prove that."

On the workforce development front, Labor will be promoting the Dakot Roots program at Minnesota's universities and colleges, and the GOED will be taking a quality-of-life approach to workforce development at several of the state's technical schools. For more on this effort, please see the April 2013 eNewsletter.


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  Governor Dennis Daugaard was at the 2013 BIO International Convention helping to promote South Dakota as a great place for bioscience companies.

Governor Dennis Daugaard met up with the South Dakota contignecy at the BIO International Convention in Chicago to help promote South Dakota's business climate to bioscience companies.

Eleven companies and/or communities - Alumend, Sioux Falls; Avera Institute for Human Genetics; Brookings Economic Development Corporation; Sanford Research and Sanford Applied Biosciences; Sioux Falls Development Foundation; South Dakota Biotech Association; South Dakota Innovation Campus; South Dakota Innovation Partners; South Dakota State University; University of South Dakota; and Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Company - joined the GOED in the South Dakota Pavilion. Read More


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Brenda Badger

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Brenda Badger

Two new members joined the GOED staff in April as part of the office's finance and administration teams.

Cherissa Nielson joined the finance team as a Grant Administrator. She will administer the new Building South Dakota Fund and was previously employed at BankWest in Pierre.

Brenda Badger joined the administration team as a Support Coordinator. She is responsible for accounts payable, contracts and purchase order file maintenance. Brenda came to the GOED from the Department of Public Safety, where she spent the past 13 years.

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