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Governor Dennis Daugaard was at the 2013
BIO International Convention helping to
promote South Dakota as a great place for
Cherissa Nielson Brenda Badger
The GOED's business development reps are pounding
Minnesota pavement this month during their Minnesota
business blitz May 13-15.
"The goal here is to continue our ongoing conversations with
Minnesota companies that may be considering a South
Dakota move," said GOED Commissioner Pat Costello.
"Additionally, we are working in conjunction with the
Department of Labor and Regulation on workforce
Combined, the five Business Development Representatives
from the GOED plan to meet with representatives from 30
different companies in the two-day span. Governor
Daugaard will also be present for a number of the meetings.
"Having the governor's presence at this type of meeting is
really an asset," Costello said. "We always say that South
Dakota's size is its strength, and the accessibility of our
leaders is one of the ways we can prove that."
On the workforce development front, Labor will be promoting
the Dakot Roots program at Minnesota's universities and
colleges, and the GOED will be taking a quality-of-life
approach to workforce development at several of the state's
technical schools. For more on this effort, please see the
April 2013 eNewsletter.
Governor Dennis Daugaard met up with the South
Dakota contignecy at the BIO International
Convention in Chicago to help promote South
Dakota's business climate to bioscience companies.
Eleven companies and/or communities - Alumend,
Sioux Falls; Avera Institute for Human Genetics;
Brookings Economic Development Corporation;
Sanford Research and Sanford Applied
Biosciences; Sioux Falls Development Foundation;
South Dakota Biotech Association; South Dakota
Innovation Campus; South Dakota Innovation
Partners; South Dakota State University; University
of South Dakota; and Vermillion Area Chamber &
Development Company - joined the GOED in the South Dakota Pavilion.
Two new members joined the GOED staff in April as part of
the office's finance and administration teams.
Cherissa Nielson joined the finance team as a Grant
Administrator. She will administer the new Building South
Dakota Fund and was previously employed at BankWest in
Brenda Badger joined the administration team as a Support
Coordinator. She is responsible for accounts payable, contracts and purchase order file
maintenance. Brenda came to the GOED from the Department of Public Safety, where she
spent the past 13 years.
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The GOED and a
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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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