SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) rolled out its own version of a red carpet at this year’s annual conference, which was held today in Sioux Falls.Gov. Dennis Daugaard recognized two individuals and one community for achievements and contributions to economic development in South Dakota. Among the award recipients were Sean Coffman of Sioux Falls, Ralph Hanson (posthumously) of Pollock and the community of Britton.The first award, the Entrepreneur of the Year Award, was presented to Sean Coffman, founder of Carsforsale.com in Sioux Falls. This award recognizes an exceptional business person who takes big risks to follow their dreams, and that’s just what Coffman did when he began his business in 1999. Since then, the company has grown to more than 170 employees and lists more than two million vehicles for sale nationwide.“Since its inception, Carsforsale.com has seen incredible growth,” said Gov. Daugaard. “Carsforsale.com soon plans to begin construction on its new corporate campus right here in Sioux Falls. It’s a great honor to recognize Sean for his giant vision and innovative spirit,” Gov. Daugaard added.The second award, the Excellence in Economic Development Award, honors the dedication and commitment of eight South Dakotans, including Gov. George S. Mickelson, who lost their lives when returning home from an economic development event in 1993.The award is presented annually at the conference. Ralph Hanson was honored with this year’s award. Sadly, Hanson died in January.
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