We are launching a new series in which we will introduce you to each of our 15 individual board members and let them share about economic development and the impact it has to the Brookings County area. To kick things off, let’s say “Hello!” to Carla Gatzke who serves as President of our BEDC Board.…

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Recognition of Committed Entrepreneurs and Local Champions Brookings, S.D. – April 30, 2021. The Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce and Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) are excited to announce the recipients of five awards to celebrate small businesses in Brookings. The program was launched in April and online nominations were received from members of the community.…

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BROOKINGS, SD – April 21, 2021 – The Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce, Brookings Economic Development, and Visit Brookings are partnering together to continue to promote the recently created Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF).  The American Rescue Plan Act, signed on March 11, established a $28.6 billion Fund within the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to…

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Brookings County awarded Resilient Community designation April 15, 2021 BROOKINGS, SD – The community of Brookings County became the first Resilient Community in South Dakota April 14. Representatives from two state universities, local city and county government, law enforcement, child protection services and child advocates gathered in the City Council chambers at 10:30 a.m., to…

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Brookings, S.D. – April 5, 2021 –The Brookings County Pandemic Planning and Coordination Committee’s (PPCC) next two community vaccination centers, also referred to as points of dispensing (PODs), are scheduled for April 15 and April 22. Both events will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Swiftel Center in Brookings on their respective dates.…

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Brookings Inclusive Collaborative will be hosting two community conversations in April. Discussion topic will be how people experience diversity in the Brookings community and deliberate different approaches to enhancing inclusion. All are welcome! Saturday, April 17: 9am-Noon, Swiftel Center (limited, in-person event; masks required) Saturday, April 21: 1-3pm, Zoom (unlimited capacity, virtual event) Sign up…

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March 23, 2021 CollegeRank.net ranked South Dakota State University No. 11 in its listing of the 30 Best Bachelor’s in Geography. It stated students could pursue this degree as a stand-alone major or partner it with geographic information sciences. In addition, students could earn certificates in geographic information sciences and unmanned aircraft systems. “When compiling…

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By: John Kubal, The Brookings Register – Updated: 22 hours ago Posted Mar 17, 2021 ‘Lots of room for new businesses’ BROOKINGS – “I’m passionate about downtown,” said Kirsten Gjesdal, owner and operator of The Carrot Seed Kitchen Co. in downtown Brookings. “I want to make sure it’s full and vibrant.” As a step toward…

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March 15, 2021 After a year of planning and adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic, South Dakota State University’s JacksRBack Task Force is beginning initial efforts focused on a return to more normal operations during the 2021 fall semester. The JacksRBack Task Force was launched last April at the direction of SDSU President Barry Dunn to…

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