GOED offers training for new economic development practitioners

The South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) is offering a four-hour workshop for new economic development practitioners Thursday, April 16 in Sioux Falls. Attendees will learn about the economic development landscape in South Dakota as well as gain an overview of the GOED and the services it provides. Staff members from the various GOED departments will also be on hand to answer questions, including finance, research, community development, business development, and marketing and public relations.

The full agenda is available here: GOED Overview Agenda.

A similar workshop will also be held September 1 in Pierre. To register for either event, email Rachel Graves at Rachel.Graves@state.sd.us.

Public Power Consultants Forum

Learn about leading economic development issues, strategies and best practices while networking with peers from across the country at the inaugural Public Power Consultants Forum from Area Development in conjunction with the American Public Power Association (APPA). The new annual event will feature expert presentations and roundtable discussions on drivers of the site selection process, business retention and attraction strategies, growth industries, and guidance on how utilities can work with economic developers and businesses.

The lineup includes:

Current Landscape of Industrial Site Selection
Brad Migdal, Executive Manager and Director, Industrial Site Selection & Business Incentives, Transwestern

Economic Development and Energy Incentive Program Trends
John Wolfram, Founder/CEO, Catalyst Consulting

Winning Community/Utility Strategies in the Business Attraction Hunt
Thomas Stringer, Principal, Credits & Incentives, Ryan LLC

Successful Retention and Attraction in the Country’s Most Active Sectors
Michael McDermott, Consulting Manager, Global Consulting Group, Cushman & Wakefield

Opportunities for Economic Development in Today’s Automotive Industry
Dennis Cuneo, Managing Director, Fisher & Phillips

Food Processors: How They Make Their Site Selections
David Sours, Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Services Food Facilities, CBRE

Data Centers 101: Trends and Site Selection Considerations
Neale Rath, Manager, Global Expansion Optimization, Deloitte Consulting; and Tennessee Valley Authority representative

Rural Outsourcing: Swapping Mumbai for Mobile
Monty Hamilton, CEO, Rural Sourcing Inc.

The Competitive Workforce: Thing Global, but it’s Really Local
Jones Lang LaSalle (speaker TBA)

Anatomy of a Deal: How it Gets Done Right
Panel Discussion

The forum is designed to educate public power utility economic developers, CEOs and executive leadership–as well as the policymakers, community officials and state/regional economic developers they work with–on success strategies and best practices in economic development.

For more information, visit the Area Development website or contact Heidi Lambert, APPA’s Director of Education at 202-467-2921 or HLambert@PublicPower.org.

Hear from top site selectors and real-estate professionals

American Public Power Association is partnering with Area Development — a leader in site selection/relocation information and education — to host the first annual Public Power Consultants Forum, March 30 – April 1, in Nashville, Tennessee.

The forum educates public power utility economic developers, CEOs, and executive leaders — as well as policymakers, community officials and state/regional economic developers — on success strategies and best practices in economic development. This new annual event offers sessions on the site selection process, business retention and attraction strategies, and how utilities can work with economic developers and businesses.

What You’ll Learn

This new annual event features expert presentations and roundtable discussions on drivers of the site selection process, business retention and attraction strategies, growth industries, and guidance on how utilities can work with economic developers and businesses. Nationally recognized site selectors, top real-estate professionals, and industry executives offer insights on business trends and tools for success.

Specific topics include:

  • Current landscape of industrial site selection
    Brad Migdal, Executive Manager and Director, Industrial Site Selection & Business Incentives, Transwestern
  • Economic development and energy incentive program trends
    John Wolfram, Founder/CEO, Catalyst Consulting
  • Winning community/utility strategies in the business attraction hunt
    Ginovus, LLC (speaker TBD)
  • Successful retention and attraction in the country’s most active sectors
    Michael McDermott, Consulting Manager, Global Consulting Group, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Opportunities for economic development in today’s automotive industry
    Dennis Cuneo, Managing Director, Fisher & Phillips
  • Food processors: how they make their site selections
    David Sours, Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Services Food Facilities, CBRE
  • Data centers 101: trends and site selection considerations
    Neale Rath, Manager, Global Expansion Optimization, Deloitte Consulting
  • Rural outsourcing: swapping Mumbai for Mobile
    Monty Hamilton, CEO, Rural Sourcing Inc.
  • The competitive workforce: think global, but it’s really local
    Speaker TBA
  • Anatomy of a deal: how it gets done right (panel discussion)

For more information or to register, click HERE. APPA members with inquiries: email Heidi Lambert or call 202/467-2921.

Area Development has been a leader in site selection/relocation information and education since 1965. APPA and Area Development have partnered for decades to bring the best in economic development education and resources to public power utilities. Area Development has led sessions at APPA’s annual Customer Connections Conference and we’re proud to expand our offerings through the new Public Power Consultants Forum.

Sioux Falls’ workforce development program invests in people and strengthens workforce

The City of Sioux Falls has launched a Workforce Development Pilot Program to support and explore activities to drive workforce growth and development within the community. The pilot program will provide funding to local entities that are well-positioned to address workforce development and recruitment in Sioux Falls. Interested organizations and businesses can now apply for funding through the program. Application information is available on the City of Sioux Falls website or by contacting the Community Development Department at (605) 367-8180.

As part of the 2015 budget approval process, the City Council included $500,000 to support workforce development efforts within the community. The Community Development Department met with more than 20 community workforce development stakeholders in the fall of 2014 to gauge areas of need and to hear about program ideas to address those need areas. Many businesses, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions provided valuable insight into potential workforce development opportunities. Four primary areas of focus for the program have been identified:

  • Strategic planning and implementation
  • Attracting and recruiting new employees
  • Training and re-employment
  • Educational partnerships

alt_logo1The program will be available to any business, organization, or entity with operations in Sioux Falls. The maximum award amount for a single proposal is $100,000. The minimum award amount is $2,000. Matching funds are not required; however, availability of matching resources, financial or in-kind, may be a factor in the City’s determination of awards.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee of City staff members. There is no application deadline, but rather, applications will be considered as they are received, and evaluated on their merits. The City anticipates making its first awards prior to March 1, 2015. It is expected that any awarded funds would be used exclusively for activities occurring in the 2015 calendar year.

For more information on the program, please visit www.siouxfalls.org/workforce, or call the City’s Community Development Department at 605-367-8180.

For more coverage on the story, click HERE.

FREE community training and workshop event

GROW South Dakota invites community organizations, municipalities, and county government representatives to attend a Community Appeal Workshop on September 10-11, 2014, at the Aberdeen Ramada Hotel and Convention Center.  This free community event is sponsored by The Bush Foundation and Northeast Council of Governments.  To register for this training event please CLICK HERE.

Craig Schroeder, Director of Youth Engagement at the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, and Milan Wall, Co-Director of Heartland Center for Leadership Development will provide an interactive workshop that focuses on the regional issues of mindset and workforce/people attraction which are a starting point to addressing other key factors affecting our region.

The workshop outline will cover the following topics:

  • Clearly identifying our strongest people attraction assets based on the region’s community capitals framework.
  • Defining the target market that is most interested in what we have to offer.
  • Creating a compelling brand and message that authentically conveys our strongest assets to the target market.
  • Recruiting and training community ambassadors to host people who express interest in visiting or moving to our community or region.
  • Engaging with alumni and potential newcomers, emphasizing our target market, and staying connected with them to determine their hometown needs.
  • Proactively welcoming new residents and inviting them to become involved as active citizens and leaders.

The majority of the workshop will actively engage the participants in working through a series of activities on the above topics. Then building on these activities, participants will engage in the creation of community/regional action plans for recruiting and training community ambassadors. Each of the activities will be conducted with small group dialog using worksheets and group feedback to guide the participants along the path from an awareness of opportunities to action plans with defined next steps to move their work forward.

Schedule of Events:
September 10, 2013 – 1:00 pm-6:00 pm | Community Appeal Workshop (dinner will be served) and Introducttion to Prairie Idea Exchange by Dakotafire Media
September 11, 2013 – 8:00 am-12:00 pm |Community Appeal Workshop (Building Action Plans)

All events will be held at the Ramada Hotel & Convention Center of Aberdeen.  A block of rooms has been reserved for those attendees needing overnight accommodations.  Please mention GROW South Dakota when you are registering to receive the special event rate. For hotel reservations call (605) 225-3600.
If you have additional questions regarding the Community Appeal Workshop, please contact Paula Jensen at GROW South Dakota by email, paula@growsd.org, or by phone at 605-698-7654 Ext 133.

growSDGROW South Dakota strives to reach rural communities to improve the quality of life through housing, community and economic development.  Historically, these organizations have invested over $50 million in housing development and $54 million in economic development.  For more information about GROW South Dakota’s housing and business development programs and services please visit our website at www.growsd.org or call 605-698-7654.

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