Economic Gateway http://www.sdprairiegateway.org Prairie Gateway News RSS Feed Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:48:58 -0500 en-US Webster Recognized for Innovative Workforce Development Efforts http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news/p/item/4800/webster-recognized-for-innovative-workforce-development-efforts http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news Fri, 07 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Across the country, rural towns struggle with “brain drain,” the process where young people move to urban areas for college and work opportunities. With innovative thinking and perseverance, small towns like Webster are aiming to reverse this trend. Webster was recently recognized as Innovative Community of the Year Award by Dakota... Art and history inspire new mural in Faulkton http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news/p/item/4225/art-and-history-inspire-new-mural-in-faulkton http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news Wed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0500 FAULKTON, S.D. (KSFY) - "I've always loved nature, I've always loved animals, and I've always loved family, and those are the virtues that I find here," said Jonathan Imafidor, one of the authors creating a mural is Faulkton. A year ago, Jonathan Imafidor and his friend, Dotun Popoola of Nigeria received an... Aberdeen Plant to Stay Open After Facing Uncertainty http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news/p/item/4224/aberdeen-plant-to-stay-open-after-facing-uncertainty http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news Wed, 29 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0500 A wind turbine blade manufacturer has secured a multi-year order to keep its South Dakota plant in business after facing closure and announcing layoffs. ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — A wind turbine blade manufacturer has secured a multi-year order to keep its South Dakota plant in business after facing closure and announcing layoffs. Ohio-based Molded... Report: Over 11,000 South Dakota residents work in clean energy http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news/p/item/4223/report-over-11000-south-dakota-residents-work-in-clean-energy http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news Mon, 27 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0500 PIERRE, S.D. — More than 11,000 South Dakota residents now work in clean energy industries in every county in the state according to a new analysis of energy jobs data from Clean Energy Trust (CET) and the national, nonpartisan business group E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs). South Dakota’s clean energy workforce employs... New programs to be added for South Dakota universities http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news/p/item/4222/new-programs-to-be-added-for-south-dakota-universities http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news Fri, 24 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0500 PIERRE, S.D. (KOTA) - The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and Black Hills State University have new course offerings. The state Board of Regents approved several programs to “meet emerging economic development and workforce trends across the state,” a release stated. The new offerings at SDSM&T include a master of science... State board approves loans and tax deals for businesses http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news/p/item/4221/state-board-approves-loans-and-tax-deals-for-businesses http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news Wed, 22 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0500 PIERRE – The state Board of Economic Development agreed to several loans and incentives Tuesday for businesses expanding in South Dakota including at Rapid City. Board members approved a reinvestment payment for Intrinsic Materials Corp. of up to $107,730, equal to 75 percent, of state sales and use tax on its... Engineering students to help develop materials for space station http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news/p/item/4220/engineering-students-to-help-develop-materials-for-space-station http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news Mon, 20 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Mechanical engineering students at SDState will help develop 3D printing materials that may one day be used at the International Space Station through a one-year, $25,000 NASA grant, according to assistant professor Todd Letcher. South Dakota State University was one of 10 university teams selected to work on technologies to support... South Dakota‚Äôs Q1 GDP Breaks $50B http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news/p/item/4219/south-dakotas-q1-gdp-breaks-50b http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0500 PIERRE, S.D. –  The United States Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released its estimated gross domestic product (GDP) by state for the first quarter of 2018. The estimates show South Dakota has the third highest growth rate in the nation, trailing only Washington and Utah, respectively. South Dakota grew by... USDA invests $3.9M in water infrastructure in rural SD communities http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news/p/item/3032/usda-invests-39m-in-water-infrastructure-in-rural-sd-communities http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news Fri, 10 Aug 2018 02:00:00 -0500 U.S. Department of Agriculture HURON – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $267 million in 103 infrastructure projects to upgrade water and wastewater systems in rural communities. “Robust, modern infrastructure is foundational for quality of life and economic opportunity... SO FAR, SO GOOD FOR CROPS http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news/p/item/3031/so-far-so-good-for-crops http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news Fri, 03 Aug 2018 02:00:00 -0500 Some Corn, Rated As Best Ever So far, so good. That’s the way most area producers and agronomists are describing the current crop season in northeast South Dakota and southeastern North Dakota, but as usual bushels in the bin this fall will depend upon continued rains. “For the moisture we’ve had the crop... Dakota Range gets state approval for Watertown wind-farm project http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news/p/item/3030/dakota-range-gets-state-approval-for-watertown-windfarm-project http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news Mon, 30 Jul 2018 02:00:00 -0500 PIERRE – Developers received state government’s approval to construct the Dakota Range wind project in Grant and Codington counties. The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission agreed to issue a construction permit. The project would have up to 72 turbines and cost an estimated $380 million. State laws establish requirements for wind-electricity generation. “I believe... What makes South Dakota the best state to retire in? http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news/p/item/3029/what-makes-south-dakota-the-best-state-to-retire-in http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news Fri, 27 Jul 2018 02:00:00 -0500 SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - A new study by Bankrate.com says South Dakota is the best state to retire in, but why do retirees like it? Vern Kemper moved from Pasa Robles, Calif. a little less than two years ago. His wife had passed away a few years prior and they never... S.D. Development Corporation aids small business growth http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news/p/item/3028/sd-development-corporation-aids-small-business-growth http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news Tue, 24 Jul 2018 02:00:00 -0500 SIOUX FALLS — Jennifer Oberg has been helping businesses grow in South Dakota for 20 years. She has facilitated the creation of numerous jobs, secured funding from federal and state agencies to assist with community growth and helped establish affordable housing. Today, she serves as executive director of the South Dakota... Centerville Saves Nursing Home, Secures Future Growth http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news/p/item/3027/centerville-saves-nursing-home-secures-future-growth http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 The number of older adults in our country will nearly double by 2050, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This dramatic change presents a host of social and economic challenges, particularly for rural areas with more limited resources. One of the challenges is to ensure an adequate number of long-term care... Spink Colony in SD works to double milk returns by making cheese http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news/p/item/3026/spink-colony-in-sd-works-to-double-milk-returns-by-making-cheese http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news Wed, 18 Jul 2018 02:00:00 -0500 FRANKFORT, S.D. — It’s tough to stay in dairy production when milk prices are $15 to $17 per hundredweight. The Spink Colony at Frankfort didn’t want to give up its longstanding dairy enterprise so leaders decided to take the milk from their 82-cow herd up the food chain and market... Guido expected to start painting elevator the end of June http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news/p/item/3025/guido-expected-to-start-painting-elevator-the-end-of-june http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news Tue, 17 Jul 2018 02:00:00 -0500 Artist Guido van Helten is expected to arrive in Faulkton around June 27. The Faulkton area has been anxiously awaiting his arrival, as he will be painting his murals on the elevator on the east side of Faulkton. His plan is to take a couple of more photos and tweak his planned... Farmers share their lives on working farms http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news/p/item/3024/farmers-share-their-lives-on-working-farms http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news Mon, 16 Jul 2018 02:00:00 -0500 VOLGA, S.D. — Spring and summer on a working farm. Who can beat it? For many people in the rural states of South Dakota, North Dakota and even outstate Minnesota, genuine agri-opportunities on real, working farms are limited. Happily, that's changing. I happened to be at Stoney Hill Farms near Volga, S.D.,... WalletHub names Aberdeen 3rd best small city to start a business http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news/p/item/3023/wallethub-names-aberdeen-3rd-best-small-city-to-start-a-business http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news Fri, 13 Jul 2018 02:00:00 -0500 ABERDEEN, S.D. (KSFY) - A new study shows that if you are looking to start a business -- Aberdeen is the place for you. According to personal finance website WalletHub, Aberdeen is the third best small city in the country to start a business. The study looked at a number of factors, including... SD capitalizing on rising tourism from new market segments http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news/p/item/3022/sd-capitalizing-on-rising-tourism-from-new-market-segments http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news Thu, 12 Jul 2018 02:00:00 -0500 PIERRE, S.D.—South Dakota tourism grew for the eighth straight year in 2017, although expansion was hindered somewhat by a lagging farm economy. "We're a rural state, and we depend a lot on our drive market," said Kirk Hulstein, industry outreach and development director for the South Dakota Department of Tourism. "We... S.D. Development Corporation aids small business growth http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news/p/item/3021/sd-development-corporation-aids-small-business-growth http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news Wed, 11 Jul 2018 02:00:00 -0500 SIOUX FALLS — Jennifer Oberg has been helping businesses grow in South Dakota for 20 years. She has facilitated the creation of numerous jobs, secured funding from federal and state agencies to assist with community growth and helped establish affordable housing. Today, she serves as executive director of the South Dakota... SD dairy industry continues to grow, add economic value http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news/p/item/3020/sd-dairy-industry-continues-to-grow-add-economic-value http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news Tue, 10 Jul 2018 02:00:00 -0500 GOODWIN, S.D. — South Dakota's dairy industry is growing rapidly, and the public is getting to see that for themselves during June Dairy Month open houses hosted by Ag United of South Dakota. MoDak Dairy of Goodwin is just one of many dairy farms opening their doors to the public this... Aberdeen, Hoven, Webster make national list of must-see buildings http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news/p/item/3018/aberdeen-hoven-webster-make-national-list-of-mustsee-buildings http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news Wed, 30 May 2018 02:00:00 -0500 The American Institute of Architects and USA Today Travel teamed up to find the best buildings in America — and three northeast South Dakota buildings made the list. In South Dakota, tourist favorites like the Mt. Rushmore Visitor Center in Keystone and the Corn Palace in Mitchell were included in the... Testing new ideas: McCray brings fresh insight to Redfield http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news/p/item/3017/testing-new-ideas-mccray-brings-fresh-insight-to-redfield http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news Mon, 28 May 2018 02:00:00 -0500 By Shiloh Appel On March 23rd, national speaker Becky McCray, who specializes in rural and small-town business, spoke at the Redfield High School Auditorium. McCray advised Redfield residents and small business owners in attendance to get involved in growing Redfield into a thriving and healthy community by taking "small but meaningful"... Angel Funding for Aberdeen Area Entrepreneurs http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news/p/item/3019/angel-funding-for-aberdeen-area-entrepreneurs http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news Thu, 24 May 2018 02:00:00 -0500 One of the primary challenges in starting a business is finding a funding source. New ventures often don’t qualify for traditional bank loans due to lack of cash flow or collateral. That’s why angel investors are an attractive alternative for entrepreneurs. With angel investing, funding comes from an individual or group... The Infrastructure to Attract Industry http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news/p/item/3016/the-infrastructure-to-attract-industry http://www.sdprairiegateway.org/news Wed, 23 May 2018 02:00:00 -0500 Industrial parks are a valuable recruitment tool. But acquiring a large property and establishing the requisite infrastructure to attract companies is a major undertaking, particularly for a rural area.   The people of Faulkton, South Dakota have long prioritized economic development. According to Trevor Cramer, economic development director for the Faulkton Area...