Community Development

#BeBrookings Campaign

#BeBrookings Campaign By: Stacy Aesoph, Director of Workforce Development You may have noticed the hashtag #BeBrookings being included on social media posts. It’s a new marketing campaign developed by our office (Brookings Economic Development Corporation) to help attract people to Brookings and retain our current residents. What does #BeBrookings mean? Literally, it means to be…

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Brookings ranked #1 Best Place to Live in South Dakota

By: Niche Niche just released their 2017 Best Places to Live rankings and Brookings was named the #1 Best Place to live in South Dakota. The rankings explore 228 cities and over 15,000 towns and neighborhoods to find the best places to live in the U.S. based on crime, public schools, cost of living, job…

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World renowned ‘stickwork’ artist creating exhibit at Children’s Museum

By The Brookings Register Artist Patrick Dougherty, known worldwide as the creator of “Stickwork,” has selected the Children’s Museum of South Dakota as the location for his next masterpiece. The exhibit will be created at the museum May 1-18, and the public can get in on the action, too. “We’ve been planning this for years…

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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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Grant helping farmers market, Brookings County

By: Eric Sandbulte, The Brookings Register $10,000 Wellmark Foundation grant to be used for benches, bike racks, electricity Visitors to the Brookings Farmers Market can take a little more time to look around and relax when it opens May 6, thanks to the county’s approval this week of several infrastructure installations. The farmers market got…

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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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Brookings ranked on 2017 Best Cities for Entrepreneurs list

What would make a city a great home for an entrepreneur? Livability and Entrepreneur Magazine have partnered to rank the Top 50 Best Cities for Entrepreneurs and Brookings, coming in at #25, is the smallest community in the top 25. From a field of more than 2,000 small- to mid-sized cities throughout the country, the…

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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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$17M Sixth St construction project begins this month

$17M Sixth St construction project begins this month By: The Brookings Register The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the Highway 14 (6th Street) project in Brookings is scheduled to begin March 20 with Phases 0 and 1. A public meeting has been scheduled for March 20 at 5 p.m. in the Brookings City Hall…

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SDSU provides economic boost for Brookings

SDSU provides economic boost for Brookings By Eric Sandbulte, The Brookings Register South Dakota is $2.66 billion richer thanks to the state’s six public universities, and Brookings benefits from South Dakota State University, too. That’s according to data from a study sponsored by the South Dakota Board of Regents and the South Dakota Chamber of…

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