BEDC to host free online webinar supporting entrepreneurs and start-ups Owning your own business can be challenging even in the best conditions, not to mention during a global pandemic. Techniques for self-care should be included as part of every entrepreneur’s business resources. An upcoming free webinar hosted by Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) will provide…

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When COVID-19 had Nicole Carlson quarantined at her Sioux Falls home, the South Dakota State University nursing instructor didn’t have to miss watching her students perform basic skills in the college’s simulation lab in Brookings. Thanks to a telepresence robot purchased through funding from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, Carlson was right there…

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South Dakota State University President Barry Dunn recently bestowed the SDSU Presidential Medallion upon Al Heuton, who is retiring in December after serving as the Brookings Economic Development Corporation’s executive director since June 2005. The SDSU Presidential Medallion is bestowed on very select individuals who have significantly contributed toward the advancement and benefit of South…

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BROOKINGS – The Children’s Museum of South Dakota accepted the South Dakota Humanities Council Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities Award at the first-ever virtual Festival of Books on Oct. 3. Winners are selected based on their outstanding commitment to scholarly and cultural advocacy for the humanities in South Dakota. The museum received the award in…

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The Brookings High School Building Trades class has long taught students the skills it takes to construct a home. This year, however, the students are putting their skills to use as they give back to the community with a special Habitat for Humanity home build. Under the direction of instructor Kale Skogen, the nearly 40…

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BEDC announces free, virtual hiring event with local employment opportunities Job seekers hoping to make a fresh start, find a better job, or explore a new career direction will discover a wealth of exciting opportunities at the Brookings Area Virtual Job Fair hosted by Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC). This free, virtual experience will be…

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Manufacturing Week is an annual observance to raise awareness of careers and advanced technology in the world of manufacturing. The goal is simple: to inspire and build the workforce pipeline.   Brookings Mayor Keith Corbett has proclaimed September 28 – October 2, 2020 as Brookings Manufacturing Week, acknowledging the industry’s role as a key driver of the Brookings area economy.   This…

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BEDC partnered with local organizations to promote employment opportunities for college students SDSU students were able to connect virtually to regional employers looking to hire for part-time, seasonal and internship positions at the 2020 SDSU Student Virtual Part-Time Job Fair held on September 9. Historically, the SDSU Student Part-Time Job Fair had been hosted on…

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When general talk of homeownership comes up, a frequent topic is “affordable housing.”  It can be a relative thing. However, Dana Whitehouse, housing programs director for the Mutual Self-Help Housing program of the Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership defined it in simple terms. “It’s a combination of the family having enough income to support their mortgage…

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Andrew Sloss chosen to coordinate regional economic development initiatives Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) is pleased to announce that Andrew Sloss has been selected as Chief Economic Development Director/CEO for the organization. Sloss has over fifteen years of experience in economic development, most recently serving as Managing Director for Baker Tilly in Houston, Texas. Past…

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