BEDC, Daktronics cultivating new business ideas

50-year-old company hosting public reception to announce competition winners Daktronics, Inc. has partnered with Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) to host the 2018 Brookings Area Idea Competition judging and open house reception as part of their year-long 50th anniversary celebration. The public reception will take place on Wednesday, February 21 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30…

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Kids to launch businesses at community market

4th and 5th graders part of Youth Entrepreneur Program Some of the region’s youngest entrepreneurs will be showcasing their ideas and products at a community pop-up market on February 24. The event is the culmination of the inaugural Youth Entrepreneur Program (Y.E.P) which started last September. The market will take place from 9:00 a.m. to…

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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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Have A Business Idea? You Could Win $1,500

By: Casey Wonnenberg, KELO TV WATCH Do you have an idea for a new business or gadget? You could win $1,500 in a Brookings competition. When it comes to ping pong, Cody Butler is not only looking to win this game, but also score a new business. Butler is working on a device that keeps…

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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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Eponymous Brewing Co. to open in Brookings next month

By: Patrick Anderson, The Argus Leader Sean Weber and his buddy started fermenting barley and hops in the garage of their Brookings rental. For years, it was a hobby. But Weber, a 29-year-old project coordinator for Daktronics, has already started to take beer making beyond what he calls the “third stall.” He and his partner plan…

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SDSU researcher develops program to more accurately identify land cover

By : SDSU A South Dakota State University geospatial sciences researcher has developed a program that uses Landsat satellite data to automatically categorize what’s on the ground and does so more accurately than other land cover products. Assistant research professor Hankui Zhang’s technology not only discriminates grassland, cropland and mixed grasses/cropland, but also an evergreen…

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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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