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Date Set, New Location for 2017 Economic Development Conference 

The date has been set and planning is underway for the 2017 Governor's Economic Development Conference. 

"We have a couple of changes we are implementing for 2017, including a change in venue," said GOED Commissioner Scott Stern.

The conference, set for April 26, will be held at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. A pre-conference reception will be held off-site the evening of April 25.

Stern said that the GOED is also looking into offering off-site sessions and tours, to make the conference more customizeable for its attendees.

To suggest a session topic or conference theme, please contact Mary Lehecka Nelson, Marketing and PR Director, at or 605-773-3301. 

Export Awareness Workshops Planned Across State

The GOED is sponsoring a series of workshops across the state designed to connect South Dakota companies with the resources and knowledge they need to begin exporting their products. 

Other sponsors include: the Small Business Administration (SBA), the U.S. Commercial Service, the South Dakota Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA), the South Dakota International Trade Center, and the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

Rapid City
Wednesday, September 28
11:30a.m. luncheon – sponsored by Rapid City Economic Development
Black Hills Business Development Center
525 University Loop Suite 101
Rapid City, SD 57701
Sioux Falls
Thursday,  October 20
7:30 a.m. breakfast - sponsored by Dakota Business Finance & Sioux Falls Development Foundation
Hilton Garden Inn South
5300 S. Grand Circle
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
Tuesday, October 25
7:30 a.m. breakfast – sponsored by the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce
Minervas Restaurant
1607 E Hwy 50
Yankton, SD 57078
Thursday, October 27
7:30 a.m. breakfast – sponsored by the Watertown Development Company
Lake Area Technical Institute
Student Center, Room 430
1201 Arrow Ave NE
Watertown, SD 57201‎

Click here to register.

For more information, contact Rock Nelson at (605) 941-6696 or

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This is a publication of the Governor's Office of Economic Development. Commissioner-Scott Stern; Deputy Commissioner-Aaron Scheibe; Marketing and Public Relations Director-Mary Lehecka Nelson; Editor and Designer-Jennifer Lambley. © Copyright 2016