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Hear what business leaders across the state have to say

POET – Jeff Broin, CEO
“South Dakota has been a great location for POET’s corporate headquarters. There is a wealth of workforce talent to fill management and executive positions, and the state has proven to be an attractive draw for employees from other parts of the country as well. While here, POET has grown to become the largest ethanol producer in the world. The state and its workforce have been an important key to that growth.”
Daktronics - Leah Brink, Corporate Recruiter
"In 1968 Daktronics began with a purpose: To provide career opportunities to South Dakota college graduates who were having difficulty finding challenging careers within the state. That remains an important part of our purpose. But our vision and company have grown. The success of our scoreboards, large-screen displays, messaging displays, audio systems and their respective control systems means our work is visible worldwide. Our homegrown values of being Honest, Helpful and Humble have made Daktronics a huge South Dakota success story."
Home Federal Bank - Randy Snyders, banker
“When you have an established relationship and trust with someone, it makes doing the next deal even easier. You get comfortable with each other, and that makes things work better. If you need to talk to a (GOED) loan officer or business development rep, they’re accessible.”
Valley Queen Cheese - Mark Leddy
“We, being a food producer, are highly regulated. In South Dakota, the regulatory structure is not burdensome, but still adequately protects the food supply, the water supply and the environment. We have found all the regulators easy to work with, but they still do their job.”
Vizio – Ted Waitt
“South Dakota has a lower cost of doing business. The support you get from the state and local leaders is vital. You don’t get that kind of support in California.”
Dakota Provisions – Ken Rutledge
"I have never been as impressed as I have been with the can-do attitude exhibited by the staff in the SD Governor's Office of Economic Development. If you haven't looked at South Dakota as a prospective location for your business, you are missing a great opportunity to utilize a superior workforce, a wonderful area for families and a superb business climate. This is the place for business!”
Enertech – Steve Smith
"Compared to other states, it is much easier to do business in South Dakota. The cooperativeness from start to finish of financial entities, economic development groups and the governor and his staff makes it easy for projects like ours to happen. That’s why we are here and that’s why we are expanding."
Adams Thermal – Mike Adams
“From a business owner’s perspective, it is folks like the GOED staff that keep us here and growing. I’ve been impressed with their speed and support, and that’s a big incentive to stay.”