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Prescription Agronomics creates customized fertilizers to help farmers save money Winter is on the way. Dropping temperatures used to mean a slower season for the team...
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Posted on Nov 16, 2018
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Renting is pretty easy — check out a place, decide you like it, pass a credit check, put down some money and move in. Home-buying is...
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Posted on Oct 31, 2018
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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...
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Posted on Oct 30, 2018
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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...
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Posted on Oct 29, 2018
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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...
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Posted on Oct 28, 2018
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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...
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Posted on Oct 26, 2018
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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...
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Posted on Oct 25, 2018
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At the University of Minnesota, launching a new company is one of several ways that breakthrough research can move beyond the lab to benefit the...
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Posted on Oct 24, 2018
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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Women started an average of 1,821 new businesses per day in the U.S. between 2017 and 2018, according to analysis in the 2018...
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Posted on Oct 23, 2018
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A ranking of state economies using metrics like poverty rate, home ownership, job growth and education puts Minnesota ahead of California (and, more important, Wisconsin).  USA...
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Posted on Oct 22, 2018
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Local shop enhances quality and increases supply with new smokehouse It’s amazing what can happen when a business is able to streamline all of its production...
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Posted on Oct 10, 2018
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HURON, South Dakota, September 13, 2018 – Rural Development is likely not the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the United...
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Posted on Sep 13, 2018
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Citi Community Development is engaged in communities across the country supporting economic development, inclusive finance and housing.  The corporate group works to support underserved individuals...
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Posted on Sep 03, 2018
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PIERRE, S.D. –  Early and growth stage companies in South Dakota now have access to additional equity capital as South Dakota Equity Partners (SDEP), a...
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Posted on Aug 13, 2018
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Automated screening saves time and money, but who gets left out?  The last time Chuck Blatt searched for a job, about 10 years ago, he relied...
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Posted on Aug 10, 2018
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Universities are unique environments. They serve as fertile ground to test innovative ideas. They cultivate creativity and talent. With the right resources and collaborations, academia...
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Posted on Aug 03, 2018
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The top need for small businesses in South Dakota is finding quality employees, according to a report released today by the Center for Rural Affairs...
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Posted on Jul 18, 2018
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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...
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Posted on Jul 17, 2018
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SIOUX FALLS — Jennifer Oberg has been helping businesses grow in South Dakota for 20 years. She has facilitated the creation of numerous jobs, secured...
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Posted on Jul 16, 2018
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128 census tracts in Minnesota to receive the designation ST. PAUL – The U.S. Department of Treasury today approved 128 low-income census tracts in Minnesota to be designated as Opportunity...
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Posted on Jul 13, 2018
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Minnesota is not positioned to fill many of the new jobs for skilled technical positions left open after the baby boomers retire.  Minnesota’s baby boomers like...
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Posted on Jul 12, 2018
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Unemployment rate drops to 3.1 percent ST. PAUL – Minnesota employers added 10,200 jobs in May, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department...
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Posted on Jul 11, 2018
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Three years of process, development and improvement was recognized last Tuesday evening in the Mueller Center Gymnasium. The Hot Springs Community Engagement hosted an annual...
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Posted on Jun 27, 2018
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This June, Dakota Resources and Dakota Wesleyan University are partnering to bring ruralX to Mitchell for a two-day economic and community development event. RuralX is...
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Posted on Jun 25, 2018
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Watertown, S.D.   – Terex Utilities, a leading manufacturer of equipment for the global electric utility industry based in Watertown, S.D., has announced plans to consolidate...
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Posted on Jun 22, 2018
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128 census tracts in Minnesota to receive the designation ST. PAUL – The U.S. Department of Treasury today approved 128 low-income census tracts in Minnesota to be designated as Opportunity...
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Posted on Jun 20, 2018
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The Center for Rural Affairs and the South Dakota State University Department of Sociology and Rural Studies worked collaboratively in writing this report. South Dakota...
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Posted on Jun 13, 2018
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Nathan Genzler got an early start in his career. As a child, he would visit Tulare Country Meats, the butcher shop where his dad worked,...
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Posted on May 31, 2018
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It’s estimated that independent businesses return an average of three times more money to their communities than their competitor chains. The REED Fund has long...
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Posted on Apr 16, 2018
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NREDA Presents Financial Analysis 101 for Revoloving Loan Funds Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Central Electric Cooperative Community Room 25487 403rd Avenue -...
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Posted on Mar 28, 2018
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Whetstone Valley Electric Cooperative’s Economic Development (REED) Fund was recently utilized to help build a new hospital. The REED Fund, a joint economic development fund...
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Posted on Mar 13, 2018
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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...
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Posted on Mar 12, 2018
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Running a small family farm these days is a challenge. Thinking creatively and having an entrepreneurial mindset can help. Many farmers are diversifying their crops...
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Posted on Jan 24, 2018
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The following is a column written and released by Gov. Dennis Daugaard, R-S.D., entitled “Wind Power Contributing To South Dakota’s Economy.”  As most people in rural South Dakota...
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Posted on Dec 27, 2017
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The Trump Administration recently appointed Julie Gross as the new state director for USDA Rural Development in South Dakota. Gross began her new role on...
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Posted on Dec 20, 2017
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The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has set aside more than $160 million to fund job training and placement programs in the 2018 fiscal...
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Posted on Dec 18, 2017
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Minnesota’s labor force is undergoing a major shift. With baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) retiring from the workforce, millennials (those born between...
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Posted on Dec 14, 2017
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Did you know that people use between 80-100 gallons each of water per day? Every time someone flushes a toilet, 3 gallons of water is...
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Posted on Dec 12, 2017
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The struggle is on both sides: Employers looking for workers and seniors looking for meaningful employment. One solution: DEED’s Senior Community Service Employment Program – or SCSEP.  The SCSEP helps...
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Posted on Dec 12, 2017
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In 1999, Connie Cheney told her husband she wanted to build a motel in De Smet, South Dakota, “He said, ‘You’re out of your mind,’”...
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Posted on Nov 17, 2017
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After 40 years of work in the food service industry around Huron, Todd Peterson is changing what’s on his menu. “One day I woke up and...
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Posted on Nov 02, 2017
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PIERRE, S.D.  – South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) presented its “Friend of Housing” Award to Lori Moen, chief operating officer of GROW South Dakota,...
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Posted on Nov 01, 2017
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SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Gov. Kim Reynolds along with the governors of Nebraska and South Dakota met with business leaders to learn about the issues...
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Posted on Oct 30, 2017
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OMAHA, Neb. — A monthly survey of business leaders released Monday suggests that economic conditions are still improving for nine states in the Midwest or...
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Posted on Oct 26, 2017
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The Native CDFI Network (NCN), sponsored by  Citi Community Development, convened Native community development stakeholders from across South Dakota and the region at the South...
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Posted on Oct 24, 2017
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To highlight the importance of manufacturing, Governor Mark Dayton issued a proclamation declaring the week of October 1-7, 2017 to be Minnesota Manufacturing Week. Manufacturing is the state’s...
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Posted on Oct 23, 2017
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A farming couple in Clark, South Dakota started a kettle chip company in 1985 with a tasty, homegrown product: chips made from potatoes grown on...
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Posted on Sep 21, 2017
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Margot Gillette attended the RuralX Summit last summer and couldn’t wait to go back. In fact, the Economic Development Director for Beadle and Spink Enterprise...
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Posted on Jul 10, 2017
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Economic development is fiercely competitive, and there are myriad opinions about the best strategies to successfully attract business and industry to a region. Some fall...
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Posted on Jul 10, 2017
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Public gathering places play a vital role in the social life of a community. Community centers help cultivate relationships and a sense of belonging. Publicly...
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Posted on Jun 12, 2017
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Access to preventative medicine is a powerful countermeasure to afflictions such as respiratory disease, stroke, cancer and heart disease. Unfortunately, lack of access to quality,...
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Posted on May 29, 2017
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NEWS RELEASE SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Economic development professionals from across South Dakota gathered in Sioux Falls today ‘Gearing Up for Success’ during the annual Governor’s...
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Posted on Apr 27, 2017
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Since buying a home is one of the biggest investments of your life, it's ideal to buy within a state where housing is relatively affordable...
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Posted on Apr 24, 2017
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Seasonally adjusted gain – 5,300 jobs – put us over the top. It made economic history:  For the first time, Minnesota’s private sector has 2,504,400 jobs,...
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Posted on Apr 21, 2017
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Minnesota employers added 5,300 jobs in March, according to seasonally adjusted figures announced today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). With...
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Posted on Apr 20, 2017
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Jason Roberts wants you to build a better block in your rural community. And he’s just the guy to tell you how to do it. As...
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Posted on Apr 19, 2017
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The best deals are the ones in which everyone wins. Across the country, public power utilities have established countless partnerships through which businesses, utilities, and...
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Posted on Apr 17, 2017
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Dakota State University hosted an event that recognized the talents and big plans of a group of tech-savvy teenagers. The DSU gathering was held for female...
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Posted on Apr 13, 2017
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Mark your calendar for the 2017 South Dakota Economic Development Conference - April 25th reception at the Sheraton Hotel and 26th at the Convention Center...
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Posted on Apr 10, 2017
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MN Cup is the largest statewide startup competition in the country. We are a startup competition and hub to connect Minnesota’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. We aim to create...
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Posted on Apr 03, 2017
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The USD Discovery District is moving from plans to reality. The 80-acre research park in northwest Sioux Falls has been discussed for decades, but the project is...
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Posted on Mar 28, 2017
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Two years ago, Lake Area Technical Institute (LATI) received national recognition when President Barack Obama visited South Dakota to give LATI’s spring commencement address. They’ve found...
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Posted on Mar 15, 2017
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  If you are trying to improve your health, start by changing what you eat. That’s the philosophy behind Purity Seeds, LLC which is growing and...
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Posted on Mar 13, 2017
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Most small towns preserve their history – one story at a time. Union County Electric, an electric cooperative in Elk Point, SD, decided to become...
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Posted on Mar 06, 2017
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Do you know anyone looking for work? Have you ever thought about the impact that economic development organizations make? Most people don’t, but these organizations...
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Posted on Feb 27, 2017
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FEM Electric helped to ease congestion for local farmers using the North Central Farmers Elevator (NCFE). If you hate wasting time, imagine what it feels...
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Posted on Feb 20, 2017
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Are Minnesotans overeducated? There has been a lot of debate in recent years about whether people will need more or less education to find jobs in...
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Posted on Feb 15, 2017
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Tornadoes can’t stop us in South Dakota. At least that’s what the Delmont Fire District said when a May 2015 tornado ripped through town and...
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Posted on Feb 13, 2017
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Did you know that electric cooperatives have a hand in community development? Members serving members is the motto of Dakota Energy in Huron, SD. Businesses,...
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Posted on Feb 06, 2017
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Minnesota manufacturers are upbeat about the economy, with 90 percent expecting production levels to increase or stay the same in 2017, according to an annual...
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Posted on Jan 29, 2017
Category: Manufacturing

Almost 20 percent of Greater Minnesota households don’t have the same broadband connections as urban area residents. That’s about to change. New grants totaling $34 million...
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Posted on Jan 29, 2017
Category: Infrastructure

Gov. Dennis Daugaard awarded more than $2.9 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to eight projects throughout South Dakota. The money, awarded to...
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Posted on Jan 29, 2017
Category: Community Development

We want to make this BIG, folks. We’re aiming to make the 2017 Dakotafire Go Local Directory as comprehensive a list of local businesses in...
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Posted on Jan 16, 2017
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Affordable housing is central to any community and in South Dakota, we have Grow SD to help manage and facilitate this process. They manage apartment...
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Posted on Dec 12, 2016
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If you're tired of negative news, head to our website to read about local businesses and their success! Rural Electric Economic Development, Inc. (REED) is making...
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Posted on Dec 05, 2016
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What does it take to build a great school? Help from a consumer-owned electric cooperative! Traverse Electric Cooperative provides affordable energy to its customers, but...
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Posted on Nov 28, 2016
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How many times did you hear that growing up? Most areas around the pool get slick when wet, but Life Floor, a new manufacturer in...
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Posted on Nov 21, 2016
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If you want to live life on the wild side, you can do so in De Smet since the spirit of the frontier is alive...
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Posted on Nov 14, 2016
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Visiting a doctor should be as easy as grabbing groceries but that requires health clinics being placed in our rural communities. Central Electric Cooperative, Inc. believes...
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Posted on Nov 07, 2016
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Huron, South Dakota, July 18, 2016 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the investment of more than $9 million in loans and grants to support job growth...
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Posted on Nov 02, 2016
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Sometimes it takes a little cooperation to be successful in business. Sometimes it takes a lot! That’s the case with Agralite Electric Cooperative, a consumer-owned utility...
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Posted on Oct 31, 2016
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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled an innovative partnership with community development organizations from across the country, providing $401 million ofCommunity Facilities program funds to...
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Posted on Oct 27, 2016
Category: Community Development

Yesterday, the Regional Roundtable welcomed the Governor’s Office of Economic Development Commissioner Scott Stern. The recently appointed Commissioner addressed the group and took time to answer...
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Posted on Sep 22, 2016
Category: Events

The date has been set and planning is underway for the 2017 Governor's Economic Development Conference. "We have a couple of changes we are implementing for...
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Posted on Sep 22, 2016
Category: Events

Welcome to the second edition of the Rural Xchange newsletter, where the crew at Dakota Resources is working hard to keep you motivated and energized...
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Posted on Sep 22, 2016
Category: Newsletter

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) releasedGross Domestic Product (GDP) by State in mid-June and South Dakota’s GDP continued to climb in 2015. The state’s GDP...
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Posted on Aug 05, 2016
Category: Economy

The Made in Minnesota Directory has reached a threshold: The directory now contains more than 1,000 Minnesota suppliers of products and materials, all pointing to...
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Posted on Aug 05, 2016
Category: Economic Development

Minnesota employers added 7,300 jobs in June, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Those gains,...
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Posted on Aug 05, 2016
Category: Employment

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) will begin taking applications on July 22 for funding to expand broadband infrastructure in Minnesota. The $35...
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Posted on Aug 05, 2016
Category: Infrastructure

As economic developers, we’re always on the lookout for incentive programs we can utilize to sweeten the deal. So today we’re going to talk about The...
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Posted on Aug 05, 2016
Category: Financing

Good day friends! I’m here with another mish-mash of rankings and/or news stories that include South Dakota and could be useful for your economic development efforts. The...
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Posted on Aug 05, 2016
Category: South Dakota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Tim O’Leary Lyon-Lincoln Electric Cooperative 507-247-5505 Southwest Regional Development Commission Receives $150,000 Loan from Lyon-Lincoln Electric Cooperative REED Fund Southwest Regional Development Commission was recently given...
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Posted on Jun 02, 2016
Category: Energy

A map with 160 dots is a symbol of economic success in eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota. Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives are celebrating 10 years...
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Posted on Jun 05, 2015
Category: Anniversaries

A community center in Miller was a dream that became reality with a little help from the Rural Economic Development Fund (REED). A place to...
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Posted on May 16, 2015
Category: Community

For immediate Release: November 26, 2014 Contact: Kory Johnson Agralite Electric Cooperative              Phone: 320-843-4150  Email: kjohnson@agralite.com Alliance Midstream receives loan through Agralite Electric Cooperative BENSON, Minn. — A critical, longtime propane...
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Posted on May 16, 2015
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For immediate Release: November 19, 2014 Contact: Chris Studer, Cooperative Communications Manager East River Electric Power Cooperative              Office: 605-256-8016   Cell: 605-270-4812 cstuder@eastriver.coop­­ East River Electric and REED Fund award $1 million...
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Posted on May 16, 2015
Category: Housing

RFIs, Sites and Buildings, Oh My! Site Selection Seminar   Online Registration Link When: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Where: East River Electric Power Cooperative 211 S. Harth Avenue  ....
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Posted on Jan 04, 2019
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Posted on Sep 22, 2016
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Posted on Aug 05, 2016
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Co-ops invest in local health care. Click here for the complete article.
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Posted on May 16, 2015
Category: Healthcare

For immediate Release: November 20, 2014 Contact: Loren Noess, General Manager Central Electric Cooperative              Office: 800.477.2892 lnoess@centralec.coop­­ Horizon Health Care receives loans for new Woonsocket Community Health Center WOONSOCKET — The...
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Posted on May 16, 2015
Category: Healthcare

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Miller, SD Contact: (Co-op representative) Dakota Energy Hand County Memorial Hospital Receives $325,000 Loan from Dakota Energy’s REED Fund Hand County Memorial Hospital was recently given a...
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Posted on May 16, 2015
Category: Healthcare

WEBSTER—Glacial Lakes Area Development (GLAD) has been awarded a $300,000 loan from Lake Region Electric Cooperative to support local business development and expansion in the...
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Posted on May 16, 2015
Category: Business Development and Expansion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Bristol, SD    7/9/2014 Contact: Tim McIntyre Lake Region Electric Cooperative, Inc. 605-345-3379 Sun Dial Manor, Inc. Receives Loan from Lake Region Electric’s REED Fund Sun Dial Manor, Inc. was...
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Posted on May 16, 2015
Category: Housing

For immediate Release: December 30, 2014 Contact: Erica Sperry Northern Electric Cooperative              Phone: 605-225-0310  Email: esperry@northernelectric.coop Frederick Development Corp. receives loan through Northern Electric Co-op FREDERICK — Two new rental units...
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Posted on May 16, 2015
Category: Housing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Pierre, SD     3/31/2014 Contact: Rodney Haag Oahe Electric Cooperative, Inc. 605-962-6243 Marshall Lawn Irrigation, Inc. Receives Loan from Oahe Electric’s REED Fund Ryan Taylor, new owner of Marshall Lawn...
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Posted on May 16, 2015
Category: Landscaping

Last month in my column, I mentioned a solar array project that will be built in Brandon this spring. This is being constructed as a...
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Posted on May 16, 2015
Category: Environment

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