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Gov. Daugaard Dedicates Ellsworth’s Newly Constructed Wastewater Plant, Declares Business Park as Certified Ready

Thursday, September 11, 2014
The South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority formally dedicated its newly constructed Regional Wastewater Plant today. The $23 million project is the result of a partnership between the state of South Dakota, Ellsworth Air Force Base and the city of Box Elder.

“The new wastewater plant is designed to sustain growth over the next 20 years,” said Gov. Dennis Daugaard. “The ingenuity and foresight of the leadership at the Ellsworth Air Force Base, the city of Box Elder, and the South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority were instrumental in making this new plant a reality.”

Both Ellsworth Air Force Base and the city of Box Elder faced regulatory issues with their old facilities. The new facility is owned and operated by the South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority.

“Ellsworth Air Force Base alone estimated construction of a new plant for its sole use to be approximately $23 million,” said Scott Landguth, executive director of the South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority. “Partnering with Box Elder and the South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority in a joint facility saved millions of dollars. In addition, operating one facility instead of two saves both the Air Force and the city because it allows the annual operating cost to be shared.”

Gov. Daugaard also made the announcement today that the Ellsworth Business Park in Box Elder has been approved by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) as a Certified Ready Site.

“The Certified Ready Sites program is an economic development tool we encourage cities and development corporations to use,” said Gov. Daugaard. “By making well-packaged information available to perspective buyers beforehand, the program readies communities for important economic development opportunities.”

“This is another example of the Air Force partnering with the South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority to turn land that was determined to be excess and with no value into land that can be utilized to create jobs and tax revenue for the state and local communities,” said Landguth. “The business park provides business opportunities immediately outside the gate of one of the state’s largest employers, Ellsworth Air Force Base, which has approximately 4,500 employees.”

The South Dakota Certified Ready Sites program is available to all counties, cities, townships, planning districts, business improvement districts and developers.

It is operated under the supervision of the GOED for the purpose of providing consistent information on sites available throughout the state. For more information on the South Dakota Certified Ready Sites program, visit www.sdreadytopartner.com.

Photo 1: Tour of newly constructed Regional Wastewater Plant. From left to right: Nathan Sanderson, policy advisor, Office of the Governor; Gov. Dennis Daugaard; Scott Landguth, executive director, South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority; Lt. Gov. Matt Michels and Col. Kevin Kennedy, commander of the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. (Photo courtesy of Senior Airman Hailey Staker, Air Force Photojournalist.)

Photo 2: Ellsworth Business Park South Dakota Certified Ready Sites presentation. From left to right: Mayor William F. Griffiths, Sr., Box Elder; Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Scott Landguth, executive director, South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority. (Photo courtesy of Senior Airman Hailey Staker, Air Force Photojournalist.)



 

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