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...
Webster Recognized for Innovative Workforce Development Efforts

Friday, September 07, 2018

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 Resources for its collaborative efforts to improve workforce development. The initial spark for this success was a community-wide design:SD visioning workshop in 2014 led by Dakota Resources. Thirty architects, developers and other creative professionals collaborated during the three-day event to create 22 vision boards after listening to more than 100 Day...
Art and history inspire new mural in Faulkton

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

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 email about the Faulkton community wanting a mural to be painted for them. "This is part of what we actually always wanted to do was to let our art spread around communities here to make people happy, to beautify the environment," said Imafidor. Having painted many murals in South Dakota already, plus...
Aberdeen Plant to Stay Open After Facing Uncertainty

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

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 Fiber Glass's new deal finalized last month will help its Aberdeen plant stay open for years, the Argus Leader reported. "We are happy to be in South Dakota and we hope to be a member of the Aberdeen business community as well as the state's business community for years to come,"...
Report: Over 11,000 South Dakota residents work in clean energy

Monday, August 27, 2018

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 more than all the waiters and waitresses, computer programmers, lawyers, and web developers in South Dakota combined, according to Department of Labor Employment Statistics. Energy efficiency once again led all clean energy sectors in South Dakota, employing 7,313 workers – accounting for more than six in ten of all clean energy...
New programs to be added for South Dakota universities

Friday, August 24, 2018

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 degree in nanoscience and nanoengineering. The school already has a doctoral program in this area of study. “Nanoscience and nanoengineering focus on specialized training to visualize, manipulate, and delineate the laws of science that govern all forms of matter on the scale of one-billionth of a meter, which is roughly one...
State board approves loans and tax deals for businesses

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

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 Rapid City project. “We’ve done a number of deals with Intrinsic,” said Aaron Scheibe, deputy commissioner for the state Governor’s Office of Economic Development. The company, which plans 60 new jobs, uses special fibers to clean toxins from blood and is a subsidiary of ImmutriX Therapeutics. Continue to full article
Engineering students to help develop materials for space station

Monday, August 20, 2018

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 NASA’s deep space exploration capabilities. This is part of the eXploration Systems and Habitation Academic Innovation Challenge, also known as X-Hab. Other participating universities include the University of Michigan, University of Maryland and The Ohio State University. Letcher has been working with additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, since 2014...
South Dakota’s Q1 GDP Breaks $50B

Thursday, August 16, 2018

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 3.1 percent. “South Dakota’s annual GDP is now estimated to be in excess of $51 billion,” said Gov. Dennis Daugaard.  “We’re enthused about the first quarter results and hopeful the growth will continue throughout 2018.” According to the BEA report, strong showings from South Dakota’s production agriculture, finance/insurance and manufacturing industries helped...
USDA invests $3.9M in water infrastructure in rural SD communities

Friday, August 10, 2018

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 – no matter what zip code you live in,” Hazlett said. “Under Secretary Perdue’s leadership, USDA is committed to being a strong partner in addressing rural infrastructure needs to support a more prosperous future in rural communities.” USDA is making investments in 35 states through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan...

Friday, August 03, 2018

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 looks really good,” said Full Circle Ag Agronomist Joe Gustafson in Britton. “We had some timely rains in the last week to 10 days that really helped, and hopefully we can keep them coming.” However, rains continue to be very spotty around the area. “We’ve had spotty rainfall for two full years...
Dakota Range gets state approval for Watertown wind-farm project

Monday, July 30, 2018

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 the project has met that burden,” Commissioner Chris Nelson said. Steve Kolbeck, the South Dakota manager for Xcel Energy, and a former commission member, watched from the near the rear of the room. Xcel gave notice June 21 the company would buy the project. Continue to full article
What makes South Dakota the best state to retire in?

Friday, July 27, 2018

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - A new study by 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 had children. His niece and her family live in Sioux Falls. With some health issues looming, he thought it might be nice to live nearby. With his house on the market for just a day when it was sold, he packed up with the help of his niece and her...
S.D. Development Corporation aids small business growth

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

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 Development Corporation (SDDC), which specializes in low interest, fixed-rate loans through the Small Business Administration 504 program.  “This program helps businesses reach their goals,” said Oberg. “It was underused in our state before the creation of the SDDC.” Former Governor Bill Janklow saw enormous potential for small businesses in South Dakota through...
Centerville Saves Nursing Home, Secures Future Growth

Thursday, July 19, 2018

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 facilities exist outside of urban centers. One quarter of elders currently reside in rural areas — and most people prefer to age in place near family and friends. There’s no one-size-fits-all way to address this issue. But some cities and counties are forging creative paths forward. An important lesson can be...
Spink Colony in SD works to double milk returns by making cheese

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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 through the new Käsemeister Creamery cheese factory. The colony welcomed 300 well-wishers at an open house for the cheese factory and retail center on June 1, just in time for June Dairy Month. Paul Wipf, secretary-treasurer of the Hutterite colony, said the cheese plant was in the process of getting ramped...
Guido expected to start painting elevator the end of June

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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 design a little. Grid lines will be painted before the end of June. Plans for the painting started early last year. Guido was able to stay in Faulkton in July where he visited with the locals, took pictures and toured the area. He has chosen his theme and subjects and is looking...
Farmers share their lives on working farms

Monday, July 16, 2018

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., in mid-May when my brother, Mark, his wife, Phyllis, and their son, Kevin, and daughter-in-law, Courtney, hosted a "pet-a-lamb" opportunity. The family works in town but also farms "on the side" with a ewe flock, a few head of cattle and some corn, alfalfa and soybeans. They welcome visitors most anytime,...
WalletHub names Aberdeen 3rd best small city to start a business

Friday, July 13, 2018

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 accessible financing, education in the workforce and labor costs. Rapid City also placed high in the study and came in at number 30. Holland, Michigan, took the top spot on the list and Suisun City, California, came in last of the 1,261 cities. Continue to full article
SD capitalizing on rising tourism from new market segments

Thursday, July 12, 2018

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 definitely did feel the impact of the ag economy," he said. The picture drawn from the department's recently published 2017 annual report is broadly positive. Visitation increased 0.1 percent from a year earlier. Visitor spending reached $3.88 billion, a 1.2 percent increase over 2016. And travel generated upward of $291 million...
S.D. Development Corporation aids small business growth

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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 Development Corporation (SDDC), which specializes in low interest, fixed-rate loans through the Small Business Administration 504 program.  “This program helps businesses reach their goals,” said Oberg. “It was underused in our state before the creation of the SDDC.” Continue to full article
SD dairy industry continues to grow, add economic value

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

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 month. Co-owner Greg Moes says they have been hosting people at the farm for many years and saw a record crowd at this year's event. "Now with livestock everybody wants to see everything that's going on with how we handle animals, how their food is produced," he says. MoDak's 2,000-cow dairy...
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...
Faulkton to Feature Mural by World-Famous Artist

Thursday, July 05, 2018

For a small town, Faulkton, South Dakota has made some big investments in the arts. Its latest public art project will be a distinctive piece by an internationally acclaimed artist that’s sure to draw visitors from throughout the region. Australian artist Guido van Helten will use the side of a grain elevator in Faulkton as his canvas this summer. His aim will be to portray the essence of the town through a photorealistic, larger than life mural. Van Helten has been commissioned to create public works of art throughout the world, from Belarus to Ukraine. Public and private funds were raised for...
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...
Guido expected to start painting elevator the end of June

Friday, June 15, 2018

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 design a little. Grid lines will be painted before the end of June. Plans for the painting started early last year. Guido was able to stay in Faulkton in July where he visited with the locals, took pictures and toured the area. He has chosen his theme and subjects and is looking...
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...
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...
Tax Law Changes Demand Attention

Friday, February 16, 2018

by Kelly Weaver, Small Business Development Center Regional Director   For most small business owners, changes in the tax law take a back seat to the day to day operations.  Here’s a couple reason why you should pay attention to the recent tax law changes. Payroll Issues – The tax tables used to calculate withholding for paychecks have changed significantly.  First, make sure you (or your payroll service) is using the most recent tax tables (IRS Publication 15).  If you are using a payroll software, be sure to update it before every payroll so you are using current tables.  The new 2018 tables...
GROW SD Receives State Farm® Grant to Support Small Business

Friday, February 09, 2018

The Northeast South Dakota Economic Corporation (NESDEC) dba GROW South Dakota (GROW SD) recently received a Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant from State Farm for its technical assistance (TA) program for small business borrowers. The purpose of the project is to assist small business loan applicants prepare to borrow money and grow their business. The TA provided by GROW SD business loan officers will support business owners in various aspects of their operations. Each business will have different needs, but in general, TA comprises starting or expanding a business before, during, and after financing. NESDEC primarily serves northeastern South Dakota, but the...
Aberdeen to Host 2018 SD Women’s Business Conference

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

On March 9, 2018, women business leaders from across the state will gather in Aberdeen, South Dakota for The Women’s Business Conference. The one-day will, encourage, inspire and educate female executives and entrepreneurs. For more than a year, The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (Women’s Business Center) has been planning the event along with a team of local volunteers. The event will feature Keynote Speaker Dee Dee Raap, BHSU School of Business Professor Dr. Barbara Looney, a panel of local women executives, and local women-owned business entrepreneurs. Kelly Weaver, Small Business Development Center Regional Director, and GROW South Dakota’s Loan Officer,...
Improve the Air Quality in Your Home

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air quality is very important. Poor indoor air quality is currently one of the top five leading factors that affect respiratory health in the United States. There are many tips you can take to improve indoor air quality in your home: • Cleaning up any mold problems and controlling moisture • Changing furnace filters and keeping air ducts clean • Living in a smoke-free environment • Keeping your home clean and dust free • Installing carbon monoxide alarms • Installing an air purifier to help keep the air inside your home as clean as possible • Using safe practices when renovating Weatherization...
Homeless Count to be held January 23, 2018

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Homeless Count to be held January 23, 2018 Every year, the South Dakota Housing Development Authority conducts a one-day count of homeless persons in the state. The count is mandated by HUD. Again this year, SDHDA contracted with the four CAP agencies in the state to coordinate counts in their service areas, and GROW SD will support the 17 NESDCAP counties. The results of the count are used both to identify the problem and to request funds to address it. The date for this year’s count is January 23.   Last year, participation in the count by NESDCAP’s 17 counties increased from...
NESDEC Provides Financing to Dakota Provisions

Thursday, January 04, 2018

NESDEC Provides Financing to Dakota Provisions The Northeast South Dakota Economic Corporation (NESDEC), dba GROW South Dakota, recently received a $780,800 Community Economic Development grant from the Office of Community Services in the Administration for Children and Families in the Department of Health and Human Services. The grant will allow NESDEC to help finance the expansion of the Dakota Provisions Turkey Processing Plant in Huron, South Dakota, to provide a retail ready-to-eat food line of lean meat turkey products. NESDEC will provide a working capital loan along with no-cost business development services to Dakota Provisions in order to help create a...
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...
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...
Bank of the West awards BASEC and Grow Spink $10,000 grant for Workforce Development Event

Friday, August 31, 2018

Bank of the West awards BASEC and Grow Spink $10,000 grant for Workforce Development Event On Monday, July 9th, the Bank of the West awarded BASEC and Grow Spink a $10,000 grant to fund BASEC and Grow Spink's  Workforce Development Event.  According to BASEC'S Executive Director, Margot Gillette, BASEC and Grow Spink have formed a partnership to create an area Workforce Development Event for elementary and high school students as well as any adults curious about job options in the area. The event will feature various jobs in the area with hands-on opportunities, equipment and routines. Gillette says it is not a job...
When a Business Closes Their Doors

Monday, April 02, 2018

April 2, 2018   When A Business Closes Their Doors   As the Director of Deuel Area Development and attending so many conferences on community and economic development, I wonder a great deal about what is ahead for the rural lifestyle and the counties we live in.  A colleague of mine once shared what seemed like an outrageous number as to the number of Baby Boomers that will be retiring in the next 8-10 years.  His statistic is that nearly 6,000 Baby Boomers will be retiring in the Brookings area alone.  It’s going to affect them hugely in housing needs, and changing the landscape...