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State help for Northern Beef was about $4.3M

April 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Dirk Lammers

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — U.S. Senate candidates talking about the idled Northern Beef Packers plant in northeast South Dakota have tossed out figures for taxpayer losses ranging from nothing to $80 million, but a breakdown from state…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

6 Workforce Summits planned around South Dakota

April 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

PIERRE (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard will host six Workforce Summits across South Dakota between late April and mid-June.

The goal is to get state, community, business and education leaders talking about the state’s workforce challenges and oppo…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

6 Workforce Summits planned around South Dakota

April 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

PIERRE (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard will host six Workforce Summits across South Dakota between late April and mid-June.

The goal is to get state, community, business and education leaders talking about the state’s workforce challenges and oppo…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Before Northern Beef built, key state program turned for-profit

April 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

A state economic development office’s spin-off into a for-profit company is under the microscope as lawmakers vow to look further into the state’s role in financing the bankrupt Northern Beef Packers.

The for-profit company, created in January 200…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

When jobs fall short, REDI loan recipients face financial penalty

April 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

PIERRE — The state Board of Economic Development adopted a new policy Tuesday for businesses that receive low-interest state loans for projects but don’t fulfill their job-creation agreements.

The board now will require that a business pay b…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

SD program would confidentially seek willing land sellers from ag sector

March 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A new South Dakota program aims to gauge the interest of farmers in potential development projects, before businesses even start scouting an area.

If county officials agree, state representatives will meet with agricultural …continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

GOED investigations lead state government to enact further fraud protections

March 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

PIERRE — People applying for some positions in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development would need to pay for criminal background checks under a new requirement approved by Legislature.

That change, which awaits a decision from the governor…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Daugaard rakes in campaign contributions from Future Fund grantees

March 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota’s governor has received thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from individuals affiliated with companies that have been given grants overseen by his office.

The campaign contributions are permissible, but th…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

SD lawmakers begin look at economic development programs

March 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

PIERRE (AP) — A South Dakota legislative panel is holding its first hearing on the state’s economic development agency and its involvement in issues related to a failed beef packing plant.

The Government Operations and Audit Committee will rev…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

More info on GOED, EB-5 may come out at Friday hearing

March 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

PIERRE — The legislative hearing set for Friday morning might be the only one that will be held regarding financial practices in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and its involvement in the federal EB-5 immigrant investor program.

The…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com