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Yankton Casino Measure Falls in South Dakota Senate

Monday, February 25, 2019

South Dakota state senators have scrapped a measure that would have put a constitutional amendment that could have paved the way for a proposed casino complex in Yankton to a statewide vote. Read the complete article here!
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Port Yankton: Back On The Agenda

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

The Port Yankton dream is back, and this time, it has an even more compelling argument to make in its favor. That’s not to say that having the Legislature give it the OK to put it before voters in 2020 is a slam dunk. And it sure doesn’t mean that those who opposed the idea last year won’t fight it again this winter. Read the complete article here!
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Big Plans At Napa

Friday, December 14, 2018

The last year and a half has seen a grain shuttling facility opened and a pelleting plant beginning to take shape at Napa Junction. Now, Napa Junction may be achieving new heights in the near future. An ethanol plant and a private natural gas pipeline to feed the operation — along with much of southeast South Dakota — are on the table for the development. Read the complete article here!
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A Helping Hand

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

As workforce needs grow and evolve, the education needs are following. The South Dakota Department of Labor is trying to help entities meet those needs. This month, three Yankton entities were named recipients of five grants totaling $96,000 from the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation. RTEC was the recipient of two of the grants — $10,000 for pre-apprenticeship for advanced manufacturing and $30,000 for an apprenticeship for advanced manufacturing. Read the complete article here!
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Gov. Daugaard Awards 10 Community Development Block Grants

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has awarded more than $5.6 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to 10 projects throughout South Dakota. Box Elder, Bridgewater, Frederick, Lead, Montrose, Pierpont, Springfield, Tulare and Yankton will use the approved monies to help fund projects totaling more than $17.1 million. “The CDBG program remains one of our finest community development programs,” said Gov. Daugaard. “Since taking office in 2011, we’ve allocated more than $38.5 million in CDBG funds to South Dakota communities and organizations to help fund projects that greatly improve the quality of life for their residents. From water, wastewater...
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Nancy Wenande on Alive at Five

Friday, November 16, 2018

Our CEO visited with David Leonard, the host of KYNT 1450's Alive at 5 program, on November 15th! Listen to the conversation here! Learn more about Alive at 5 here!
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Labor Department Provides Businesses $510,000 to Expand Apprenticeships

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

PIERRE, S.D. – The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) has provided $510,000 in incentive funding to help businesses expand the number of pre-apprenticeships and Registered Apprenticeships in South Dakota. The announcement was made at the Start Today SD Summit held at Mitchell Technical Institute on Tuesday. Businesses could apply for up to a maximum of $30,000 in funding to help offset the initial start-up costs when developing a new program. “Registered Apprenticeships are a great way for businesses to build a quality workforce with the exact skills they need to fill their openings,” said state DLR Secretary Marcia Hultman. “Through this...
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Polling The People

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Port Yankton supporters will decide by January whether to resurrect the proposed entertainment complex and convention center. Plans include a casino, requiring a state constitutional amendment. Currently, South Dakota allows certain gaming at Deadwood and tribal casinos. The Pork Yankton effort ran into a roadblock during the 2018 Legislature when the measure died in committee and didn’t reach the floor. However, Port Yankton backers are considering a petition drive to place the constitutional amendment on the 2020 ballot. Read the complete article here!
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Diving in, But Not Driving Apart

Friday, November 09, 2018

It’s no secret how the Yankton City Commission feels about the aquatic center issue that now faces Yankton voters. We stood together on Oct. 8 and voted unanimously to “dive in” to this pool project. Our intent with approving the property tax opt-out as a commission was not to take a short cut or to deprive citizens of a vote on the issue. Read the rest of the article here!
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YAPG Celebrates Sale Of Final Lot In Westbrook's First Phase

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Lot four, block two of phase one of the Westbrook Estates real estate development has been sold to Johanneson Contracting of Yankton to be developed into a duplex. More significantly, this marks the sale of the last lot that made up the first phase on a project that Yankton Area Progressive Growth (YAPG) officials never anticipated would take off as quickly as it did. Monday, YAPG and area officials celebrated the sale of the last lot of phase one with a gathering at The Brewery in Yankton. Read the complete article here!
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Supporting Mount Marty College is Necessary for the Yankton Community

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Yankton Area Progressive Growth is proud to be a $1 million donor in to Mount Marty College Fieldhouse project and other campus improvements.  The mission of YAPG includes offering assistance to industries and businesses that contribute to Yankton’s prosperity through primary job development, private investment and wealth generation.  Our recent capital campaign expands our reach even further to include people and place.  Mount Marty College is a perfect example of an organization that is creating growth and development to enhance our people, jobs, and place.  When the capital campaign references “people” it is from the standpoint of increased inventory in the...
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Napa Junction Community Investment

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Lately there has been some confusion regarding the investment that Dakota Plains has made in Yankton County.  Let me help by providing some facts in a format that is easy to understand. A TID (Tax Increment District) was created by the Yankton County Commission as an economic development tool for the Napa Junction project. A TIF (Tax Increment Financing) is the plan that is created to finance the eligible public improvement and other costs associate with the TID. The “Increment” is the difference between the taxes being paid at the time the TID was established and the taxes due on the improved property...
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YAPG Donates to the MMC Project

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Mount Marty College’s (MMC) long-awaited athletic fieldhouse is one step closer to becoming a reality. On Tuesday, Yankton Area Progressive Growth (YAPG) donated $1 million to MMC as a show of support for the college’s major initiatives. The athletic fieldhouse project is the primary focus of the gift. Read the complete article from the Yankton Press & Dakotan here! Or watch the announcement:  
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Local Growth: Fact Vs. Fiction

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

As we move closer to Election Day, whether it’s a statewide or a local race, please educate yourself on the candidates and the issues. It is our right and our privilege to have the opportunity to vote and it seems to me we should go to the polls armed with the facts and not fiction. For example, Bruce Jensen’s recent letter to the editor (which, due to the political nature of said letter, should have run as an ad) “Financial Favoritism” is all about speculation in regards to the motives of the current county commissioners and the decision to “… approve...
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Yankton Set To Celebrate Manufacturing Week

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Each year, Manufacturing Week helps students and adults build career networks and knowledge. South Dakota celebrates Manufacturing Week Oct. 1-5. To recognize manufacturers in Yankton, the Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with Greater Yankton Living, the state of South Dakota and many local manufacturers, is planning a week of events. Read the complete article here!
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Forum Eyes Growth Issues

Monday, September 10, 2018

Economic and growth issues dominated candidate forum held Saturday. Yankton’s GFWC Woman’s Club this weekend hosted an hour-long County Commission candidate forum at the Hillcrest Country Club. The candidates included: incumbents Todd Woods, Debra Bodenstedt and Raymon Epp; and challengers: Cheri Loest, Dan Klimisch and Joe Healy. Read the complete article here!
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Officials Clarify Bond Proposal

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

A proposed pelleting plant may be sailing in smoother waters after being the subject of online controversy. Officials with Dakota Protein LLC appeared before the Yankton County Commission to clarify a proposal to use tax-exempt private activity bonds to make the facility a reality. Toby Morris, who is a partner on the project, addressed the commission on what the project entailed. Read the complete article here!