Business Development

Workforce Conference to be held in Brookings

By: Kristi Larsen, BEDC Marketing Director Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) is excited to announce the Brookings Area Workforce Conference will be held on Thursday, August 17 at the Swiftel Center. As the lead entity for economic development in the region, workforce development is a significant priority for BEDC. This conference seeks to address issues…

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SD among first with 5G technology?

By: Jeremy Fugleberg, The Argus Leader When Scott Sandal is talking to potential clients, he seems to always get the same question about the speed and bandwidth of the internet he relies on for his business. “They’re like, ‘in South Dakota?’” he said. Sandal is Sunbird Software’s director of service and support. From Sioux Falls,…

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Marco’s Pizza coming to Brookings

By: Jodelle Greiner, The Brookings Register A Marco’s Pizza is coming to the corner of Sixth Street and Jackrabbit Avenue in Brookings, confirmed a spokesperson with the company. The new pizza place will be on the former site of the Backyard Grill. An anticipated opening date has not been announced. Marco’s Pizza, operated by Marco’s…

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Inside KELOLAND: Brookings & Boutiques

By: KELOLAND TV WATCH What do local boutiques have in common with the city of Brookings?  They’re all enjoying a lot of success. Communities across South Dakota are bringing in less tax money than expected. That isn’t the case in Brookings.  On this Inside KELOLAND we take a behind the scenes look at what’s happening…

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Upstream Coffee opens on Main Avenue South

By: Eric Sandbulte, The Brookings Register There’s no better way to start your day than with a fresh cup of coffee; that’s what Matt Naughton has found out as he welcomes customers to his new coffee shop, Upstream Coffee. Opened Wednesday and located at 510 South Main, the quiet store with a soft outdoorsy feel…

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Knutzen Family Dentistry expands to new location

By: Jodelle Greiner, The Brookings Register A longtime Brookings business has moved to a new location and tripled its space so it can offer better service. Knutzen Family Dentistry was located in the Yorkshire Building for decades, and Dr. Ben Knutzen just opened the doors to a brand-new building at 2110 12th St. S. Knutzen…

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Brookings sales tax revenue up

By: Jodelle Greiner, The Brookings Register Some South Dakota cities’ sales tax revenue is down, and municipalities are reporting troubles balancing budgets. That’s not the case in Brookings, where sales tax revenue is up, which officials say is a very good thing. “Our 2015-2016 total was up 4 percent, so that’s a good healthy increase,”…

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$50 million PAC expansion project win, win for town and gown

By: John Kubal, The Brookings Register While the Performing Arts Center at South Dakota State University has been recognized as a superb venue for music and studio-theatre productions since its opening in 2003, it was always envisioned that more would be added at some future time. That time is now – with a 96,000-square-foot expansion…

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Building a vibrant downtown

Building a vibrant downtown by Kristi Larsen, Marketing Director All throughout the nation, empty downtown store fronts are prevalent in rural communities that are seeing steady population declines. The downtown is the heart of a community. A healthy, vibrant downtown portrays a strong local economy. National retailers who are looking at new store locations will…

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