Workforce Development

Tools to Assist Employers

By: Stacy Aesoph, BEDC Director of Workforce Development When we meet with regional employers and HR professionals, we are looking to find out what challenges they are experiencing, what is working well and what their hiring needs are. From there, we determine how Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) can help, what tools we can provide,…

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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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City-Wide Scavenger Hunt to be held June 10

By Kristi Larsen, BEDC Marketing Director The newcomer program, Beyond Connections, is hosting a unique ‘Welcome to Brookings’ event with a City-Wide Scavenger Hunt on June 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The goal of the event is for new residents and community members to learn more about Brookings and network with others. Participants…

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Building his future: local senior awarded Build Dakota Scholarship

By: Eric Sandbulte, The Brookings Register With school done and college in their sights, high school seniors have been busy preparing for the next big step in their young lives. Ethan Ness is no different in that regard as he readies himself for this fall, when he’ll begin classes at Mitchell Technical Institute after graduating…

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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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#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 School District watching elementary enrollment

By: Eric Sandbulte, The Brookings Register The school year might be winding down, but the Brookings School Board stayed busy Monday night approving and briefly discussing several smaller agenda items that concerned the district’s elementary schools. First up was the topic of kindergarten enrollment numbers thus far, as reported by Brookings School District Superintendent Klint…

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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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