Val Waletich is the Heart of Milbank Daycare for 29 Years

Thursday, March 14, 2019

When four year-old Prya walks in the door and sees a coat hook with her name on it, she knows she is home. Or at least at her second home. In case she harbors any doubts, the toddler can gaze up at her framed photo gracing the hallway or melt into a welcoming hug from Val, her mom-away-from-mom. Val Waletich has had a daycare for 29 years and greeted moms from two generations – over 500 in all – and their youngsters. She says she garners inspiration from her faith and the working mother who always must wear so many hats....
The Best Small Cities For Business And Careers 2017

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

New York, San Francisco and Charlotte are often considered the banking centers of the U.S. thanks to the big financial institutions headquartered in those cities. But when it comes to bank assets, none of those locales can touch South Dakota where $3.2 trillion in bank assets are held—the most of any state and 19% of all bank assets in the U.S., according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. The state’s largest city, Sioux Falls, has been the biggest beneficiary. Citi and Wells Fargo both employ more than 2,000 people in the area and Sioux Falls’ unemployment rate is a scant 2.6%...
Survey suggests more economic growth ahead for Midwest

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

OMAHA, Neb. — A monthly survey of business leaders suggests that economic conditions continued to improve for nine Midwestern and Plains states, according to a report released. Read original article. 
GROW SD: Empowering Individuals, Cultivating Business

Friday, March 08, 2019

Economic development strategies have evolved a great deal over the years. In the past, the primary focus was on recruiting the next big company to help boost a region’s economy. Today, there’s a recognition that community development and entrepreneurial support are an integral part of an expanded toolkit for building a sustainable future. GROW South Dakota’s mission is providing innovative advancement of housing, education and economic opportunities throughout South Dakota. For more than five decades, the organization has been working towards this goal through a variety of programs to meet the needs of both individuals and businesses. The nonprofit assists low-income families...
Ag Retail Adds To Small Town Skylines

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

This October, I had an opportunity to learn the story behind the giant mural on the Agtegra elevator in Faulkton, SD. What an awesome example of how a retailer adds a component to their community. As rancher Troy Hadrick said, the area was known for agriculture and hunting, but now it’s also known for art. In their business with farmers ag retail offers seed, chemical, fertility and grain services that cause the business to go vertical with storage and handling facilities. Those facilities often dominate a small town’s horizon and often give it a distinct identity. Many times when I’m visiting a retailer, they’ll...
Eureka opening new health care facility after 90 years

Monday, February 11, 2019

EUREKA, S.D. (KSFY) - The community of Eureka is opening the doors to a brand new health care center. "There's a lot of support in the community for the facility," said Dr. Susan Ostrowski. Building the new center has been a priority for the town for years, but one thing was preventing it from happening. "All of these people wanted the community to raise $1 million," Ostrowski said. For a small community, coming up with that amount of money isn't easy. But, they pulled together and came up with well more than the one million needed. Continue to full article
What's Happened in the Last 7 Years?

Friday, February 08, 2019

As the economic development director for Deuel County, I have been in this office part-time now since August of 2011.  Where have those 8 years gone?  The Deuel Area Development office was established after an assessment was done with area-concerned citizens of Deuel County; a need and solution was created. It was decided that Deuel Area Development would go one way into Entrepreneurship and Deuel County Community Foundation would become a living-legacy-type community savings account. Continue to full article
Dakota State University incorporates technology into the classroom for unique learning opportunities

Thursday, February 07, 2019

MADISON, S.D. - In the College of Education at Dakota State University in Madison, the teachers are trying to incorporate more technology to enhance the learning experience for students. In the College of Education, many professors have teamed up to create a unique and beneficial experience. This is all part of something the university calls VALE, which stands for a Virtual Avatar Learning Experience. Currently, DSU is the only school in South Dakota using a mixed-reality technology called TeachLivE. Students studying to become a teacher are able to teach a virtual classroom full of students. The virtual students have personalities of younger...
South Dakota awaiting licensing to join North Dakota as hemp producer

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

ABERDEEN, S.D. - Hemp is no longer a controlled substance in South Dakota, but that doesn’t mean farmers can rush out to plant it. The 2018 Farm Bill doesn’t include hemp as a controlled substance, North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. But north of the border, farmers will still need to be licensed and pass a background check before they can grow it. And once the crop is in the ground, he said, regular testing is required to ensure tetrahydrocannabinol levels do not exceed the minimum threshold of 0.03 percent. Continue to full article
New SD Governor Promises to Expand Economy, Broadband Access

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota's new governor wants to kick-start the state's economy, and believes greater access to broadband would help more residents be part of that goal. Kristi Noem, a Republican, is the first woman to lead the state as governor. In her "State of the State" address she recognized South Dakota's widespread lack of broadband access in rural areas and vowed to keep working to overcome those hurdles. Continue to full article
Want Access to Capital and Resources? Take a Look at South Dakota

Monday, February 04, 2019

A state of less than a million is creating future billion-dollar companies. In September, I took a drive through the entire state of South Dakota--from Mount Rushmore to Rapid City, through The Badlands and to Sioux Falls. I'll admit, I didn't know much about the state. The west feels like Wyoming, the east like Iowa.  South Dakota may not have been at the top of your list as a startup destination, it wasn't on mine. I changed my mind in four short days. Unlike Raleigh or Orlando, their focus hasn't been in attracting large companies but in creating the necessary pieces to grow future companies in South Dakota. Continue to...
DSU on the front lines in combating cybercrime

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Vinegar and oil don't mix, but throw in an egg and you have mayonnaise. That's what cybercrime has done to the disparate worlds of law enforcement and academia -- brought them together in a new synthesis on the Dakota State University campus. With DigForCE, the digital forensics aspect of the Madison Cyber Labs, law enforcement will be turning to DSU for assistance in solving crime. Trevor Jones, director of digital forensics at DSU and former state Secretary of the Department of Public Safety, and Ashley Podhradsky, associate dean of the Beacom College of Cyber and Computer Sciences, sat down last week to...
Eureka Community Development Company Hires New Director

Friday, January 25, 2019

The Eureka Community Development Company (ECDC) welcomed Kaitlin Pederson as its new director late last year. Pederson is enthusiastic about her new position and says she’ll strive to enhance quality of life for residents in Eureka, South Dakota. Pederson was born and raised in Northwest Iowa. She spent 9 years living in Oregon before moving to Eureka about 9 months ago. She had previously visited friends in the area and was impressed by the small town’s quiet charm. After moving to town, she was excited to learn about the director position. “I knew it was a good opportunity to make a difference...
City to review East River Electric building purchase

Monday, December 17, 2018

The Madison City Commission will consider authorizing the city's funding for the purchase of a service building formerly owned by the East River Electric Power Cooperative when it meets at City Hall. Officials with East River Electric made a formal announcement on Nov. 1 that the sale of the cooperative's building and lot was finalized on that day. The cooperative used the building located on S. Highland Ave. as a substation maintenance center. The city plans to use the property as the new headquarters and service center for the Madison Electric Department. Continue to full article 
Doland prepares for new school addition and renovations

Friday, December 14, 2018

Doland prepares for new school addition and renovations After an upbeat crowd of approximately 100 people showed up for the public school board meeting held on Monday, October 29th at Doland School, the Doland School Board has decided to continue with the next steps in the remodeling and addition plan for the school, an idea that has been "years in the process" according to Doland School principal, Jim Hulscher. "It will go to the architect and the fire marshal now. That will be a two month process," said Hulscher. The school board plans to have an addition built for the high school...
The Impact of Art on a Small Town Economy

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

As internationally-recognized artist Guido van Helten painted a giant mural on a grain elevator in Faulkton this summer, the excitement was palpable. A live stream of the process provided a window into our small town and enabled people from all over the world to watch his progress. For more than 40 years, the Faulkton Area Arts Council has worked to ensure that art has a strong presence in the community. The mural project is one of several public works of art — albeit the largest one — that are expected to earn the town recognition and draw visitors from the region...
Pig Farmer of Tomorrow: Footprint may seem small, but can reach many

Monday, December 10, 2018

During his time as America’s Pig Farmer of Tomorrow, Krause says one of the most-asked questions from consumers has been why do you keep pig indoors? With only a few days left to apply for the Pork Checkoff’s 2019 Pig Farmers of Tomorrow, many young industry members may be questioning if they’ve got what it takes to apply. That’s a fair question and one 2018 Pig Farmer of Tomorrow Adam Krause stumbled over himself at one time. After all it took the fourth-generation Clear Lake, S.D., pig farmer two times applying before he received the honor. Continue to full article
Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota governors share secrets of their states' bubbling economy

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Governors leading three contiguous states — Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota — shared thoughts on what makes for economic growth during Big Sky Economic Development’s annual meeting at Montana State University Billings. And, in time-honored chief executive tradition, Govs. Steve Bullock, Matt Mead and Dennis Daugaard pledged to steal one another’s best ideas. Continue to full article
Campbell County Economic Development: Growth Challenges in Northeast SD

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

A solid infrastructure with capacity for growth is a prerequisite for economic development. In order to attract businesses and residents, towns need roads and utility services as well as commercial and residential properties — or land to build on. Campbell County, South Dakota has some fine attributes for businesses, including an independent telecommunications company. It was one of the first counties in the country to attain access to broadband internet. But the county has some basic infrastructure needs that are hindering its growth. This concerns Campbell County Economic Development Coordinator Andrew Van Kuren. “What we’re focused on right now is two driving...
SD cheese plant expansions to go online in '19

Friday, November 23, 2018

MILBANK, S.D.—Cheese plants in northeast South Dakota are booming, and that is providing economic opportunity for some farmers and communities in the Interstate 29 corridor, according to industry leaders in the region. Doug Wilke, chief executive officer of Valley Queen Cheese Factory Inc., of Milbank, was one of the officials who met with a half-dozen journalists as part of a value-added dairy tour sponsored by the South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development. The tour was coordinated by Development Counsellors International of Denver. Wilke explained that Valley Queen is owned 50-50 by the Nef and Gonzenbach families of Milbank, both of whom...
Locals bring artists to town to capture the vibrance of the small agricultural community of Faulkton, S.D.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Across America, small rural agricultural towns are losing young people at a rapid rate. In fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's most recent population estimates, rural populations have declined for six consecutive years, dropping by 21,000 people in 2016 alone. This population decline can be attributed, in part, to a shifting geography to urban areas where jobs, schools, retailers and other opportunities are abundant. What's more, fewer young people are staying involved in production agriculture, which has impacted farming and ranching communities. That's the challenge of small towns in South Dakota and the surrounding areas. What's the best way to retain...
Eureka residents raise $2M in six months for brand new hospital

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

EUREKA, S.D. The only acute care facility in McPherson County is getting a complete makeover. Residents in Eureka raised around $2 million in just six months to fund the project. The current Eureka hospital is a three-story building built back in 1929. "So when the ambulance comes up, they pull up on the basement level, have to go through several hallways around to the elevator and then go up to the second floor, go down some hallways some more to the ER so it's a long trip," Eureka Community Health Services Avera Administrator Carmen Weber said. The new facility has been in the works...
Raising pigs: Love what you do, do what you love

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

“I love my job, but I what I love more is showing others why I love my job,” Adam Krause says. Adam Krause is a pig farmer of tomorrow, but right now he wishes he was a crop farmer of today. The wet fall weather is keeping the Clear Lake, S.D., farmer (and a lot of other producers) from bringing in the corn and soybean crops. “We’re not super behind,” he says, “we’ve got about half the beans out, and we’ve got a start on the corn. Hopefully we can be back at it in a couple days. … we hope to...
What's Up With Twin Homes

Monday, November 19, 2018

What’s Up With the Twin Homes? If you’re not a Facebook watcher, you’ve not seen the most current project DADi is working on (, Wildlife Estates Development in Clear Lake is working diligently on a possible twin home at the development.  Located in the cul-de-sac area, there are 4 lots for possible twin home development. This development started in 2014 with a merger between East Central Development Company and Deuel Area Development; two local non-profits.  With that merger came already purchased land prior for development from the Engle’s family, advocates of economic development.  The merged board of 17 members at the time,...
Reasons to Support Small Businesses on Nov. 24th and Beyond

Saturday, November 17, 2018

November 24 is Small Business Saturday, a shopping holiday that urges consumers to patronize small and independent businesses rather than online retailers or big box stores. American Express was behind the first Small Business Saturday, which started in 2010. The initial goal was to counter the negative effects of the recession on small businesses and local economies. The holiday quickly caught on. In 2011, the Senate passed a resolution in support of Small Business Saturday. Consumers have now spent an estimated $85 billion at independent retailers and restaurants over the eight Small Business Saturdays since its inception. Small Businesses Make a Significant Economic Impact Research...
SDSU breaks ground on precision ag center

Friday, November 16, 2018

BROOKINGS – Raven and South Dakota Corn Utilization Council representatives, donors, lawmakers and supporters joined South Dakota State University officials on Saturday afternoon to break ground for the SDSU Raven Precision Agriculture Center. The $46.1 million facility will be constructed just south of the Animal Science Complex on the corner of Medary Avenue and North Campus Drive. State lawmakers approved the center earlier this year, and Sioux Falls-based Raven Industries donated $5 million for the project. SDSU instructor Nic Uilk said Saturday that the building “will not only impact the future of SDSU, but will change our ability to serve this state,...
South Dakota sets its sights on disrupting the dairy industry

Thursday, November 15, 2018

CHICAGO — Interstate 29 is 745.5 miles of highway in the Midwest. It starts at the Canadian border in Pembina, N.D., and ends in Kansas City, running through both Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri. Along the route there are many farms and manufacturing companies, but it’s in South Dakota — with the state’s wide-open spaces and financial resources — where dairy farms are growing in herd count, new processing plants are being built and other companies are increasing capacity through expansion. “The state currently has about 122,000 milking cows,” said Bryan Sanderson, business development director, Department of Agriculture, Pierre,...
SD company offers grain bin on wheels

Thursday, November 01, 2018

FAULKTON, S.D. — In Australia, David Hedt says, many farmers don't run as many trucks at harvest as in the U.S. Instead, they rely on 4,000 bushel rolling grain bins, called, "mother bins." The use of the huge implements in Australia, Hedt explains, was a result of larger combine sizes and a dearth of workers to drive trucks and keep harvest moving about 20 years ago. Hedt came to Faulkton, S.D., to work in 2003 and eventually returned to live there permanently. And in recent years, he noticed that the same problems that used to slow harvest in Australia have slowed harvest...
Legend Seeds Transitions from Family Owned to Employee Owned

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

DE SMET, S.D., Aug. 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Legend Seeds proudly announces its transition from a family-owned independent regional seed leader, to an employee-owned independent regional seed leader through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) as of August 1, 2018. Founded in 1990 by Glen and Janet Davis, Legend Seeds has embarked on its 29th selling season in the seed industry serving dealers and growers across the U.S. and Canada. Since its beginnings, the company has grown to more than 100 employees across the upper Midwest. "With so much change in the seed industry, we've spent a lot of time planning for the future of Legend Seeds to provide certainty...
Beef Bucks, Inc. named 2018 SDSU Friend of the Beef Industry

Monday, October 29, 2018

BROOKINGS – Beef Bucks, Inc., has been named the 2018 South Dakota State University Friend of the Beef Industry. The Beef Bucks program is a non-profit organization that strives to promote the beef industry and educate consumers. “Beef Bucks is a very innovative program that enhances the visibility of beef and the industry,” said John Killefer, South Dakota Corn Utilization Council endowed dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. “It has made a very positive impact on the beef industry.” Beef Bucks was formed in De Smet in 1997 by Bob and Nancy Montross, Delina Nagel and Joanne Hillman...
My Place Hotels start in Aberdeen and continue to expand nationally

Thursday, October 25, 2018

ABERDEEN, S.D. - The co-founder of Super 8 Motels is from Aberdeen, and he used this hotel chain's business model to start My Place Hotels. The first was in Dickinson, N.D. in 2012. Now in South Dakota you can find a My Place Hotel in Brookings, Sioux Falls, Fort Pierre, Rapid City and of course Aberdeen. Now there are more than 40 My Place Hotel locations with more than 100 in the works. According to, here is a little backstory: "My Place Co-Founder and Chairman Ron Rivett co-founded Super 8 Motels Inc. in Aberdeen, South Dakota in 1974, along with long-time friend Dennis...

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

What a difference a couple of weeks make. Two weeks ago Marshall County was digging out of a nine-inch October snow storm that carried with it about 1.6 inches of moisture. That snow came on the heels of three weeks of steady rain that had pretty much put on hold any ideas area producers had of trying to harvest crops. But Mother Nature followed that up with 13 days of dry, warmer days and farmers have taken full advantage of the quick weather turnaround. Continue to full article
SDSU Extension & Partners Form the South Dakota Agritourism Work Group

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Recently SDSU Extension and partners formed a South Dakota Agritourism Work Group to explore opportunities to encourage, promote and support agritourism across South Dakota. In addition to SDSU Extension, the other partners include: the South Dakota Dept. of Tourism, South Dakota Dept. of Agriculture, South Dakota Value Added Agriculture Development Center, South Dakota Specialty Producers, Southeast Tech and USDA Rural Development. “Is agritourism a good fit for South Dakota?” asked Peggy Schlechter, SDSU Extension community vitality field specialist. “I think there are opportunities South Dakota’s agriculture producers should explore that may increase their business profits.” She goes on to list several facts...
Economic Development: Connecting businesses to educational partners

Monday, October 22, 2018

Our schools represent the largest pool of untapped talent in our state. Real workforce development starts with creating stronger bonds between companies and local schools, linking two essential elements of our state’s talent development efforts. It is important that we not leave the forging of those communication links solely to the schools themselves, but to engage with students from the business perspective and the community perspective. In addition to internships, apprenticeships and student-oriented job fairs, there are a variety of ways to let our students know that opportunities abound in local companies. In addition to financial donations to schools that make our...
Milbank: Defining Success From Within

Monday, October 22, 2018

Every community is unique. Each has its own distinct attributes and challenges. That’s why a one size fits all approach to encouraging economic development isn’t effective, particularly in rural areas. Leaders in Milbank, South Dakota recognize this point. In order to encourage sustainable growth in their small town, they decided to look within. In partnership with the Grant County Development Corporation (GCDC), Milbank launched a campaign to engage citizens in re-envisioning their town. GCDC Executive Director Bobbie Bohlen points out that taxes and population are the standard measures for whether or not a rural community is successful. She argues that such data...
How Manufacturers Can Succeed During The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Thursday, October 18, 2018

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - What do you think of when you hear the words "Industrial Revolution?"  You might think of the 1800s when the country started using new machines, electricity and steam power, but we're going through another industrial revolution again.  That's creating challenges and opportunities for one of the state's largest industries. Gavin Hendrickson is studying automotive technology at Southeast Tech.  "I grew up working on cars with my grandpa," Hendrickson said. However, today's cars are a lot different. In fact, Hendrickson has to learn about computers and information systems. Continue to full article
What Is the Real Value of $100 in Your State?

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

This map shows the real value of $100 in each state. Prices for the same goods are often much cheaper in states like Missouri or Ohio than they are in states like New York or California. As a result, the same amount of cash can buy you comparatively more in a low-price state than in a high-price state. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis has been measuring this phenomenon for three years now; it recently published its data for prices in 2016. Using this data, we have adjusted the value of $100 to show how much it buys you in each state. Continue to...
Five Sites Re-certified Under South Dakota Certified Ready Sites Program

Monday, October 15, 2018

PIERRE, S.D. –  The South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) announced today that five communities in South Dakota have re-certified their development sites under the South Dakota Certified Ready Program. The communities include: Aberdeen, Arlington, Colman, Madison and North Sioux City. "One of the best ways to get your community on a business's short list is to have a site that is ready for development," said GOED Commissioner Scott Stern. "The Certified Ready program assures companies that they are receiving the most accurate, detailed information about the site including availability, utilities, access and environmental concerns." In 2016, the CRS program...
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GROW SD Grant Supports Faulkton Elevator Mural

Monday, July 09, 2018

GROW South Dakota has received a grant that will support a unique mural going up in Faulkton this summer. Australian artist Guido van Helten, who has created large murals on public buildings around the world, will be painting images representative of the people of the Faulkton area on the grain elevator there. GROW SD received a grant from a Rural Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) program meant to support arts and culture projects that help drive economic development.  Van Helten was recruited to Faulkton to paint the Agtegra elevator in order to create a one-of-a-kind South Dakota artwork in the town...
GROW SD Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Business Loan Special

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

In 1978, GROW South Dakota made its first business loans. In the 40 years since then, the agency has had significant impact on businesses and communities throughout northeastern South Dakota and beyond. To celebrate this milestone, GROW SD is offering a business loan special.   GROW SD’s revolving loan fund was established in 1978 with the purpose of supporting economic development in 22 northeastern South Dakota counties through small business loans and job creation. Since that time, the agency has made 2,009 loans for a total of more than $69.7 million to 1,214 area businesses (as of 3/31/18). These loans have assisted...
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Celebrating Community Action Month

Monday, April 30, 2018

In May, community action agencies nationwide observe Community Action Month, a period set aside to recognize the contributions that nonprofits, volunteers, and other committed citizens can make in improving their communities. The Northeast South Dakota Community Action Program (NESDCAP) dba GROW South Dakota has been at it for 50 years. It was created in 1966, soon after President Lyndon Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, which created Community Action Agencies as part of the War on Poverty. GROW South Dakota was established to wage the war on poverty by implementing innovative and cost-effective programs to improve the lives and...
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Down Payment Funds Deploying Ahead of Schedule

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

GROW South Dakota has received $4.1 million in funding to support down payment assistance for families with low to moderate income. In April 2017, GROW SD received funding from Project Reinvest for 200 deferred loans at $10,500 each and was expected to deploy them within two years. In November, 2017, the Wells Fargo Neighborhood LIFT funding for 225 forgivable loans at $7,500 each was launched and also had a two-year deployment time. In both programs, the down payment assistance was paired with a first mortgage typically financed by a Grow SD approved lender. As of late March 2018, GROW SD has...
Homebuyer Coaching is a Success

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Homebuyer Coaching is a Success GROW SD received grants from the Citi Foundation and State Farm to support programs to help prepare people to buy homes through coaching efforts that helped hundreds of potential home buyers. These interested people received assistance in learning more about the process and making them ready to be successful. The following highlights success with the coaching program: A single mother reached out to GROW SD for guidance on applying for a home loan, when she first came to our office, she had credit issues as she had unpaid judgements.  After being instructed to pay off the judgments and...
Kelly Weaver Recognized for Providing Exceptional Service

Thursday, October 12, 2017

News announcement from Small Business Development Center & America's SBDC ABERDEEN, S.D - Kelly Weaver, regional director of the South Dakota Small Business Development Center in Aberdeen, is being recognized as a strong advocate for small businesses. Weaver, who has been with the SBDC since 1998, has been named South Dakota’s “State Star” for 2017 by America’s SBDC, the national trade association for the SBDC network. Weaver and State Star winners from other states were honored recently at the America’s SBDC Conference in Nashville. Weaver was selected for the award by her peers, in part, for her work with the South Dakota...
Looking Towards the Future

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

When Lindsey Jennings graduated from cosmetology school at Lake Area Tech, she started her career at a JC Penny’s salon. She worked there for five years before she learned the store was going to close by year-end.  Although she was an experienced cosmetologist, it left her with an employment uncertainty. The owner of a small town hair salon in a neighboring community recently retired and was looking to rent out her existing space. That opportunity couldn’t have came at a better time for Lindsey. She decided to take a leap and start her own business in a rural South Dakota community....
Ensuring Community Success through Housing

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Quality housing is scarce in rural South Dakota and the solution to create more housing is challenging to solve. One small town in northeast South Dakota, Northville, is doing something to increase available housing. Northville has an estimated population of 148 and former mayor Ruth Clemens has lived there nearly all of her life. She owned land in town and didn’t want to see it sit idle. Ruth sold the property to Grow Spink, a non-profit development organization; with aspirations they would develop the land and build a new home. Grow Spink, who serves all of Spink County, spearheaded the construction...
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Requests for Information; In Other Words, RFI's

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

10/2/2018   Request for Information Forms; In Other Words “RFI’s”   Did you know there are people all the time relocating to SD; businesses as well?  The Governor’s Office of Economic Development on occasion sends by email, what they refer to as “RFI’s”.  RFI’s stand for Request for Information.  Many time businesses are looking to move to South Dakota and they are looking for specifics in way of land, property, water rights, natural gas and more.  Communities receive these RFI’s from the State and respond back to their requests.    If a community or county has no idea what is available should a business want to...