Workforce Development

Attracting workers: An update from Brookings

By: Dan Santella, KELO TV WATCH When a business tries to attract potential employees, it’s not just selling itself or the position- it’s also selling a community and a home. Tonight we have an update for you on what one KELOLAND community is doing. The Brookings Economic Development Corporation started the website liveinbrookings.com in December 2016. The…

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SDSU grads returning to Brookings to raise families

By: Patrick Anderson, The Argus Leader Russell Halgerson and his wife wanted a place closer to their family that also fit with their vision for raising a family. They wanted somewhere with a small-town feel but big enough to have things to do on nights and weekends. Brookings was a perfect fit for the South Dakota…

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Daugaard highlights workforce development in State of the State address

By: Dana Hess, Community News Service PIERRE – In his last State of the State address, Gov. Dennis Daugaard highlighted the need for greater workforce development programs in South Dakota. Daugaard made the speech on Tuesday to a joint session of the South Dakota House and Senate. Term limits will keep Daugaard from running for…

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Beyond Connections announces 2018 events

The Brookings newcomer program, Beyond Connections, will host four different events in 2018. Beyond Connections is a workforce development program of Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) created to bring people together to welcome new residents, network and build relationships. “We launched this program last year and received a lot of positive feedback from new residents…

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Wells Fargo invests $2 million to boost South Dakota homeownership

Governor Daugaard joins Wells Fargo to announce NeighborhoodLIFT program that will offer homebuyer education plus $7,500 down payment assistance grants for all 66 counties and rural communities By: Wells Fargo Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC), NeighborWorks® America and its network member, GROW South Dakota, today announced the NeighborhoodLIFT® program is coming to South Dakota with…

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Over $2.5 million raised for local economic development projects

Vision Brookings exceeds goal for five-year initiative Campaign co-chairs Jay Bender, president of Falcon Plastics, and Reva Johnson, owner of The UPS Store, announced at the investor celebration on Nov. 14 that $2,586,788 has been raised for Vision Brookings III, exceeding the $2.5 million campaign goal. “We are very excited to report that in addition…

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Youth apprenticeships coming to city

Brookings industry leaders partner on new program By: Emily DeWaard, for the Brookings Register This week, organizations across the country celebrate National Apprenticeship Week. As the city with the second-most manufacturing jobs in South Dakota, Brookings will soon offer a Technical Production Apprenticeship program thanks to a partnership between industry leaders and educators in the…

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Affordable housing shortage at ‘a breaking point’

By: Jodelle Greiner, The Brookings Register Digging into Brookings’ affordable housing shortage brought to light a bunch of things for Councilor Patty Bacon. She presented the findings of the Brookings Affordable Housing Task Force to the Brookings City Council this week. The Brookings Affordable Housing Task Force’s final 23-page report, dated Oct. 12, is available…

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Brookings Councilor to direct new statewide tech school board

By: Jodelle Greiner, The Brookings Register Nick Wendell was named executive director of the South Dakota Board of Technical Education on Wednesday, according to a press release from the office of Gov. Dennis Daugaard. “Nick has a clear vision for making connections among students, business and industry, and the technical institutions to develop a pipeline…

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