Workforce 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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Persons with Disabilities: Part of the Workforce Solution

Persons with Disabilities: Part of the Workforce Solution by Stacy Aesoph, Director of Workforce Development If you speak with an employer who has grown their workforce by hiring those with disabilities, they will tell you those employees are some of the most hardworking, dependable workers they have ever hired. Many Brookings area employers have embraced…

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Talent Production – One Key to the Workforce Dilemma

Talent Production – One Key to the Workforce Dilemma by Al Heuton, BEDC Executive Director According to the Area Development magazines 30th Annual Survey of Corporate Executives, the top factor for companies considering a new investment is the availability of skilled labor.  Both corporate CEOs and site selectors agree on this.  Opinions differ after this…

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Brookings, Lake Area Tech develop partnership

Brookings, Lake Area Tech develop partnership By Lake Area Technical Institute The Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) of Brookings, SD, Vision Brookings, and Lake Area Technical Institute, Watertown, SD have joined forces to develop a unique partnership between a community and a technical college.  As part of Lake Area Tech’s “Learn Where You Earn” initiative,…

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Making Connections

Making Connections By Stacy Aesoph, BEDC Director of Workforce Development When it comes to workforce, we not only need to recruit more people to Brookings, but we also need to retain the people who already live in our community. Meet Joe Smith. He moved to Brookings six months ago, for a job at SDSU. Joe’s…

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It’s OK and You’re Not Alone: Mental Illness

It’s OK and You’re Not Alone: Mental Illness by Lindsie Bartley, SDEC Campus Director When I was 21 I gave the hardest speech of my life; a eulogy for a dear friend. We had been friends since we were 6 years old. He was one of the greatest people I have ever known. My friend…

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Puerto Ricans could ease SD’s dairy labor shortage

Puerto Ricans could ease SD’s dairy labor shortage By Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press SDSU Extension hopes to bring about 20 workers by September Unable to find enough workers to carry out the painstaking tasks of milk production, dairy producers in South Dakota hope to tap into a different labor force: unemployed residents of Puerto…

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Beckoned: Brookings woman’s physical and spiritual journey

Beckoned: Brookings woman’s physical and spiritual journey By Brady Mallory, KELO News Watch: http://bit.ly/2id0J2T From the Super Bowl, to the 2012 Republican National Convention; some of the biggest, and most-watched televised moments have at least one thing in common: Krista Soroka. For most of her life, Soroka found herself making sure these events, and others,…

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New website provides full picture

New website provides full picture By Stacy Aesoph, BEDC Director of Workforce Development What do you do when you are considering moving to a new community? You want to learn as much as possible about the community to decide if it’s the right fit for you and your family. It’s a similar process when you…

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Beyond Connections created to welcome new residents

Beyond Connections created to welcome new residents By Stacy Aesoph, BEDC Director of Workforce Development New residents in Brookings now have a resource for meeting others in the community. Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) created a newcomer group called Beyond Connections to bring people together to welcome new residents, network and build relationships. “In my…

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