Change is coming to state economic development

Monday, May 07, 2018

All three candidates - two Republicans and a Democratic - plan changes for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development when one wins election Nov. 6 as South Dakota’s next chief executive.
Their words have the attention of Scott Stern. The commissioner brought up the topic recently to state Board of Economic Development members.
Stern said the office landed 26 new or expanded businesses from within South Dakota during the past year, compared to 16 from other states. Stern said he would like “a healthy conversation” about what the balance should be.
Last week, Gov. Dennis Daugaard gave the $20,000 Giant Vision award for economic development to SMRTGrid, a Baltic utility-technology company led by Todd Christensen and Jamie Hale. It’s engaged in beta testing with several major companies.

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