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Brookings has top 20 rural community hospital

BROOKINGS – For the second time in three years, the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) named Brookings Health System as a Top 20 Rural Community Hospital in the nation.  The health system will be recognized at an awards ceremony during NRHA’s Rural Hospital Innovation Summit on May 9 in Atlanta. “We are honored to again…

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Daktronics’ Reece Kurtenbach named Distinguished Engineer

BROOKINGS – Reece Kurtenbach, head of the world’s largest scoreboard and message board manufacturer and Brookings’ largest private employer, is this year’s Distinguished Engineer as chosen by the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering at South Dakota State University. A 54-year-old Brookings native, Kurtenbach has been president and CEO of Daktronics since 2013. The 1982…

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Brookings plans another attempt at federal grant

Entities working to get interchange at 20th St. S., I-29 BROOKINGS – Entities connected to the planned interchange project at 20th Street South and Interstate 29 have been busy preparing for another shot at federal grant dollars after they received news that their previous application was denied by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The project…

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Copy of Brookings plans another attempt at federal grant

Entities working to get interchange at 20th St. S., I-29 BROOKINGS – Entities connected to the planned interchange project at 20th Street South and Interstate 29 have been busy preparing for another shot at federal grant dollars after they received news that their previous application was denied by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The project…

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Focused Planning, Impactful Results…Economic Development in Brookings

By: Kristi Larsen, BEDC Marketing Director Brookings is recognized throughout the region for its progressive and collaborative approach to growth and development. What role does economic development play in this community building initiative? Economic development is a process that seeks to improve the economic well-being of a region through business development, job creation and wealth…

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Entrepreneurs: ACTION LEADS TO IMPACT

By: Jennifer Quail, BEDC Director of Entrepreneur Support Entrepreneurs come in all sizes and shapes, from all walks of life and across all markets and industry sectors. One “title” for such a varied and diverse group seems a bit misrepresented or under appreciated. So, what is the common thread that binds this group together? Is…

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YEP! New entrepreneur program for kids starts this fall

By: Jennifer Quail, BEDC Director of Entrepreneur Support YEP, you can do it! We all know how impactful positive words and encouragement can be.  I’d like to think we all have at least one story or memory of someone giving us encouragement, sharing kind words or simply a smile that made a difference.  Positivity and…

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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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Business and community resources at your fingertips!

Five websites under one roof… By: Kristi Larsen, BEDC Marketing Director We recently completed a redesign of all of the websites managed by Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC). The updated sites are mobile friendly, easy to navigate and have a plethora of resources for both existing and potential businesses as well as residents. BrookingsEDC.com As…

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