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South Dakota: Best for Business

Certified Ready Program Growing

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South Dakota's Certified Ready Sites program is growing as several new sites will obtain certification in June.

"Our Certified Ready Sites program is robust and comprehensive," said GOED Commissioner Pat Costello. "When a company selects a site in South Dakota that is branded with the Certified Ready mark, they can be confident that the site is ready for development."

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IT Academy prepares workforce

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The South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development, the South Dakota Board of Regents, and several public universities across the state have teamed up to create the Information Technology Consultant Academy.

Information technology is one of the fastest growing industries in the country, yet a steady supply of skilled IT professionals - including software developers, software engineers, and data analysts - are increasingly difficult to find despite promising career prospects.

"At many of the country's institutions, students are not graduating with the IT and analytics skills that are in demand," said GOED Commissioner Pat Costello. "The IT Academy is designed to produce graduates with the skills to design, implement and manage software systems; program in languages like Java and C++; as well as the ability to design, manage, access and analyze database information."

The program is an innovative and intense series of courses that participants complete in a three-month period. Students enrolled at participating universities can also gain the certificate by completing the required courses during his or her academic career.

For more information on the IT Academy, please visit or contact Alex Smith at 605.782.3287 or

Want to Visit?

Governor Dennis Daugaard hosts three networking events through the course of the year that bring together business leaders and high-level members of state government: 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.

See You in 2014

Governor Dennis Daugaard, GOED Commissioner Pat Costello, and GOED Business and Community Development Director Steve Watson are interested in meeting with site selectors in New York in August and in Atlanta in November.

Please contact Steve Watson for more details.

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