workforce development


South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard says he expects to hear from the federal government about a state-funded Small Business Investment Company license.

Daugaard says that state-sponsored company will provide investments in early stage startups in South Dakota. The company is called Enterprise 605.

Daugaard says it’s a source of dollars will give fledgling South Dakota companies some extra help.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... August 22, 2017 Show 161 Hour 1

Mike Diedrich is VP Governmental Affairs from Regional Health. He joins us to discuss the future of healthcare in South Dakota, implications of the Affordable Care Act, and more.

Pierre Starts Work Interns

Aug 13, 2015

The city of Pierre is putting together an internship program for high school students. The program hopes to help solve a local workforce shortage.

Pierre has received a grant to help the city’s workforce development. The city plans to recruit students from Riggs High School and the Stanley County School District right as they’re graduating. The program targets students that don’t plan to go to college and connects them with local business leaders.  Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill says the project hopes to do more than just give students a job.

Sioux Falls voters get to decide Tuesday whether public schools must start after Labor Day. A vote NO forces the district to schedule the first day of class after the holiday. A vote YES supports the approved calendars, which start in mid- to late-August.

Parent Wendy McDonnel says she would rather have time in August than the second half of May, when she says it’s still chilly outside.

Econ Prof. Analyzes State Workforce Plans

Sep 4, 2014
Lake Area Technical Institute

The governor is promoting new strategies to enhance the strength of South Dakota's workforce, but not everyone thinks the state should be active in connecting job seekers with employers. This week Governor Dennis Daugaard revealed findings from South Dakota Wins workforce summits, and he lays out a plan for the state to strengthen South Dakota’s workers and businesses.

Secretary Marcia Hultman leads the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation. She says it’s time for the state to help businesses fill openings with skilled workers.

SD Workers Lack Skills for Open Jobs

Jan 31, 2014

South Dakota leaders are trying to find ways to get unemployed residents into jobs. But, officials say the difficulty is finding workers with the right skills.

House Minority Leader Bernie Hunhoff says the workforce shortage is caused by an opportunity gap. He says poor individuals don't have the same opportunities for workforce development or post-secondary education. Hunhoff says individuals who are able to go to college often move to another state.