Earlier this month, I spent the day in Brookings attending a number of economic development celebrations: a groundbreaking ceremony for SDSU’s Swine Teaching and Research Facility, ribbon cuttings at Bel Brands and Counterpart, and an expansion announcement at 3M.
The day was truly a testament to Brookings’ growing economy. The city has seen success after success thanks to cooperation among business, university and civic leaders in the community. SDSU is producing graduates with technical skills in high demand, and local business leaders have built a team that welcomes development.
Brookings isn’t the only town that’s been seeing success. Business has been good throughout South Dakota.
MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — Bruce Yakley stood inside the Trail King plant in Mitchell and watched the sparks fly off welding torches held by workers fusing together huge beams of metal.
Yakley, the company's president, wasn't with Trail King when the plant was built in 1987. And he wasn't there when the plant was expanded for the first time in 1992, and then again in 1994. But he knows without the help of a few low-interest loans from the state, the truck trailer manufacturer may not be where it is today.
For the seventh consecutive year, the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) is partnering with communities in an effort to grow South Dakota’s bioscience sector and help companies create jobs. Representatives from North Sioux City, Sioux Falls, Vermillion and Yankton will join the GOED in attending the Medical Design and Manufacturing (MD&M) Exposition in Minneapolis Oct. 29-30.