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GOED's energy consultants Jim Quinn, left, and Gary
Kluksdahl, right, joined the South Dakota contingency at
the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Regina,
Saskatchewan, in May. Also pictured are Pat
Kurtenbach of Sturgis; Hunter Roberts, State Energy
Policy Director; and Bryan Walker of Spearfish.
The Board of Economic Development is set to launch its four new economic
development programs on July 1. The programs are a result of SB 235,
which was passed by the State Legislature earlier this year. The multi-faceted
approach set forth in SB 235 focuses on education, housing,
infrastructure, local economic development efforts, and large and small
The Economic Development Partnership Program and the Local
Infrastructure Improvement Program, two of the board’s new programs
which provide funding to local development corporations and political subdivisions, will
accept the first round of applications July 1-31. The other two programs administered by the
board, the Reinvestment Payment Program and the South Dakota Jobs Grant Program,
which provide direct assistance to economic development projects, will accept applications
on an ongoing basis.
These new programs are going to be great for economic development in South Dakota, said
Pat Costello, GOED commissioner. “We are looking forward to using these new tools to
continue to create jobs and foster business development within the state.
For more information on the new programs, please visit www.sdreadytowork.com.
While business is booming in the Bakken
Shale, the GOED is working to draw
business in to South Dakota, as well as
"Because of our geographical proximity, our
companies are really well-positioned to
serve this industry," said Pat Costello,
Since the oil and gas industry is a new
target, the GOED has retained the services
of Black Hills Business Strategy, a Rapid
City-based consulting firm that has
significant experience in the oil and gas
BHBS is piloting a study that will ultimately
give the state and our businesses a leg up
in capturing opportunities related to the oil
and gas industry
Jim Quinn, one of the BHBS consultants,
said that the study will be conducted in three stages.
“Right now, we are in the first stage and in the process of identifying the oil and gas
operators, drillers, contractors, and suppliers who are active in the Williston Basin and
provide the greatest opportunity for creating jobs in South Dakota,” Quinn said. “Our goal is
to come out with a clear understanding of what the specific needs are for each company
and criteria they use for sourcing goods and services, so that we can better identify the
opportunities for South Dakota, create jobs, and further business growth.”
The consultants also attended the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Saskatchewan,
Canada, as part of the South Dakota contingency earlier this month.
Amy Baker has joined the GOED's research division as an information
Amy was formerly on the administration staff that the GOED shares with the
Department of Tourism.
Her new responsibilities will include managing the office databases,
including the 1,100-company Manufacturers and Processors listing, the
Local Development Corporation Directory and the county profile database.
She is also the lead person in the assembly of RFIs and RFPs for new and expanding
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This is a publication of the Governor's Office of Economic Development. Commissioner-Pat Costello; Deputy
Commissioner-Nathan Lukkes; Marketing and Public Relations Director-Mary Lehecka Nelson; Editor and Designer-
Jennifer Lambley. © Copyright 2013
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