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2012 will bring in not only a new year, but a new round of trade shows in our key industries. For more information on upcoming shows, visit our Partner Site.

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  The second South Dakota Firearm Research & Technology Forum drew coverage from both industry outlets and in-state media. This clip from News Center 1 in Rapid City is one such example.

The firearm industry in South Dakota took aim at continued growth late last month at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology when nearly 100 researchers, students, industry experts and business leaders from across the country gathered at the second Firearm Research & Technology Forum.

“The firearm industry is a sector in which we continue to build on here in South Dakota,” said Pat Costello, Commissioner of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. “We have seen significant growth in the past couple of decades, and work to create opportunities like this Forum for those involved in the industry to connect, share information and resources, and network.”

Topics included: attaining government contracts, workforce and labor, unique partnerships, sporting perspectives, industry trends, legislation, and other issues.

Costello said that often times, companies in South Dakota aren’t aware of the resources that are available to them as a small business, and the forum helps business leaders connect the dots.

“Events like this really help grow the industry and spread awareness. Even within our existing cluster, we are often able to connect existing companies with other entities to supplement supply chains, test product, or conduct research at our state universities,” Costello said. “The goal, of course, is a stronger, larger industry in South Dakota.”

Speakers at the forum included representatives from the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR).

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If you find yourself on a Delta flight this November, be sure to pick up a copy of the in-flight magazine, Delta Sky.

This month’s issue features a 15-page spread on South Dakota’s business climate and travel destinations, and highlights a number of South Dakota companies including POET, DocuTap, Sanford Health, and Daktronics.

The multi-page article also takes a close look at the growing bioscience and healthcare industries. Pat Costello, Commissioner of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, says that Delta Sky’s readership will help reach out to a national and international audience and put South Dakota on the radar screen of individuals than may not be reached otherwise.

“Delta carries more passengers annually than any other airline, and Delta Sky is one of the most-read in-flight publications out there,” Costello said. “This type of publicity is great for showcasing South Dakota’s business opportunities and tourist attractions.”


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