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Build Dakota Scholarship Fund Announced

In late 2015, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford announced the Build Dakota program – a $50 million program that will provide full scholarships to students pursuing high-need degrees at any of the state’s four technical institutions.
“Build Dakota aims to encourage students to pursue skilled manufacturing careers in South Dakota by eliminating the cost of technical education,” said GOED Commissioner Pat Costello. “We believe that this program will also attract interested students from outside the state to chase education and careers in South Dakota.”
Upon graduation, students are required to work full-time in their chosen field of study for a minimum of three years in South Dakota.
“Nationally, the manufacturing industry needs more up-and-coming skilled talent, and I’m pleased to say that South Dakota is taking an unprecedented, proactive approach to help fulfill this need,” Costello concluded.
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South Dakota-Based Daktronics Featured on CBS Sunday Morning

Learn how two professors at South Dakota State University created a small electronics shop and turned it into a globally recognized technology firm. From building wrestling scoreboards to larger-than-life screens seen in professional stadiums across the country, Daktronics has made its mark on South Dakota.
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South Dakota Featured in Delta Sky Magazine

This March, air travelers flying Delta will have the opportunity to learn about South Dakota while 30,000 feet in the air.

The multi-page spread highlights South Dakota's business climate, top companies and tourism industry. Read More

Want to Visit?

Governor Dennis Daugaard hosts three networking events through the course of the year: The Golf Classic in June, the Buffalo Roundup in September, and the Invitational Pheasant Hunt in October. Space is limited.

Please contact Steve Watson if you are interested in learning more about these events.

Annual Report Released

The 2014 GOED Annual Report is out. See the latest compilation of stats on South Dakota's growing economy.
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