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Powerhouse on the Prairie

While flying at 30,000 feet this March, Delta Airlines customers can learn about South Dakota's diverse industries and businesses, and what makes for a business-friendly climate in our great state.

We Support Business
South Dakota is one of the lowest-cost places in America to do business. Our businesses pay fewer operating costs than the national average, and study after study shows that our tax climate is one of the best.
2014 Highlights
We had a great year in Economic Development in South Dakota. The inner pages of this report will tell you all about it our capital investment, Gross Domestic Product, Manufacturing Week, our new outreach efforts and more!
How Does Your State Compare?
Compare your state to South Dakota and others, and see how our tax structure will affect your bottom line.
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See Your Life Differently
With four full seasons of outdoor recreational opportunities and world class, destination attractions, South Dakota has something for everyone. The faces of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, the moonscape of Badlands National Park, and the trails followed by Lewis and Clark along the Missouri River all offer.
South Dakota: Best For Business
But Don't Just Take Our Word For It
Study after study consistantly puts South Dakota among the top when it comes to Business Friendliness among the 50 states. The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council ranked South Dakota No. 1 on its Small Business Policy Index; and, in 2013, South Dakota was named CNBC's Best State for Business.
Small Business Policy Index
South Dakota Map Center
Location is everything. That’s why we have compiled a collection of maps to visually show you why South Dakota is good for your business. Whether you are looking for cities towns or counties in South Dakota, highways, rail lines, fiber infrastructure or other information – you will find it here.
'Proud to Call South Dakota Home'
"South Dakota is where a positive business climate, low business and property costs, and financial growth incentives have come together. We work in many states but are proud to call South Dakota Home." -Jason Glover, Nutraferma
How Much Do You Really Earn?

After taxes, how much do you take home? How much can you buy with your hard earned wages? Does it matter where you work and live?

We answered these questions by assessing purchasing power across the nation. We looked at median wages by occupation and then analyzed the impacts of taxation and cost of living. The verdict? Location matters. 

Location Matters.
After taxes, how much of your income do you take home? How much can you buy with your hard earned wages? The bottom line? Location matters. And we can prove it.
Meet Governor Dennis Daugaard

As Governor of South Dakota, I have made Economic Development a top priority. As you start to research various locations for your company to start in, expand in, or grow in, you will see that South Dakota’s advantages are plentiful. Please explore my site, and contact us if any questions should arise. My economic development staff is knowledgeable, trained, and eager to assist.

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Steve Watson
Business and Community Development Director
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Joe Fiala
Business Development Rep
Region 3, Shooting, Hunting & Outdoors Industry
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Eric Fosheim
Business Development Rep
Region 2, Value Added Agriculture
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Jeff Haverly
Region 4, Oil & Gas Industry
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Alex Smith
Business Development Rep
Region 5, Professional Business Services Industry
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Mike Turnwall
Business Development Rep
Region 1, Financial Services Industry
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Alissa VanMeeteren
Business Development Rep
Region 6, Bioscience Industry
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East Yankton Industrial Building
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Financing & Incentives
In South Dakota, we understand the needs of growing businesses. We’ve tailored our financing programs to fit you and your business. And, our programs are structured to meet your lon...
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Where Big Things Happen
Why do leading companies call South Dakota Home?
No Corporate Income Tax  -  No Personal Income Tax    No Personal Property Tax  -  No Business I...
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