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Sioux Empire Development Park VIII South Dakota’s Newest Certified Ready Site

Monday, May 11, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Sioux Falls Development Foundation announced today that the Sioux Empire Development Park VIII in Sioux Falls, S.D., has been approved by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) as the newest South Dakota Certified Ready Site. The announcement was made today during a presentation ceremony. The Sioux Empire Development Park VIII is the 25th site to be approved by the GOED.

“As economic development professionals, it is up to us to provide site selectors and potential business prospects with 100 percent complete and accurate information when it comes time to decide where to set up shop,” said GOED Commissioner, Pat Costello. “The Certified Ready Sites program expedites that process, often times saving everyone a lot of time, money and energy. Thank you to the Sioux Falls Development Foundation for its continued dedication to economic development in South Dakota and its leadership in investing in our economic development programs.”

“Having Sioux Empire Development Park VIII designated as a Certified Ready Site adds a critical component to our business attraction strategy,” said Dean Dziedzic, Sioux Falls Development Foundation vice president. “As site selection professionals view the competitive national landscape of modern economic development, the presence of a pre-qualified site is enormously beneficial. Our thanks to the GOED for a program that gives us a competitive edge.”

The South Dakota Certified Ready Sites program is an economic development tool available to all counties, cities, townships, planning districts, business improvement districts and developers.

The South Dakota Certified Ready Sites program is operated under the supervision of the GOED for the purpose of providing consistent information on sites available throughout the state. For more information on the South Dakota Certified Ready Sites program, visit

Photo: From left:  Sioux Falls Development Foundation Treasurer, Jim Soukup; Chairman Scott Lawrence; Vice President Dean Dziedzic; GOED Business Development Director Steve Watson; President Slater Barr; Past Chairman Tom Simmons; and Secretary Dr. Charles O’Brien.

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