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Dakota Midday: Economics, Jobs & Leadership

Kealey Bultena
Nurse Tara Finkenbiner talks with a nurse training on the chemo/transplant hospital floor. Get a glimpse of Finkenbiner's work on this edition of Dakota Midday.

The conversations of Dakota Midday on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 are woven together with an economics thread.

Workforce initiatives can't rely on the quality of jobs in South Dakota if they want to attract people from other regions. Research shows the way younger people choose careers is different than you might expect. J. Mac Holladay is the founder and CEO of Market Street Services based in Atlanta, Georgia. He explains why place may matter more than a certain kind of employment.

Inflation affects people every day, and it feels like the price of almost everything is increasing. That is not what the data show. Senior researcher Bob Hughes with the American Institute for Economic Research in Massachusetts explains which costs are climbing and which prices have stayed steady for decades.

After those discussions, delve into the world of nursing. It's one of the occupations state leaders say is desperate for qualified workers. Follow a registered nurse at Avera McKennan hospital to gain a grasp of her work. Then hear from Dawn Dovre with the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation. She details how many nurses the state needs now and how many jobs will open over the next decade.

Plus two national leaders weigh in on the cost of health care. LeadingAge president and CEO Larry Minnix and American Hospital Association president and CEO Rich Umbdenstock offer their take on making health care less expensive while improving quality. Combined the leaders have nearly 90 years of experience in health care. 

Then consider whether China is an opportunity or a threat to South Dakota producers and business leaders. AEIR's Bob Hughes says breaks down how major world moves ripple into other countries, states and communities. He also offers perspective on trends in the health field and banking sector.

Finally meet Paul Bruflat who is the incoming Chairman of the Board for the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. He explains goals for his time at the helm, and he offers his view of leadership that includes setting clear expectations to benefits both leaders and followers.

Kealey Bultena grew up in South Dakota, where her grandparents took advantage of the state’s agriculture at nap time, tricking her into car rides to “go see cows.” Rarely did she stay awake long enough to see the livestock, but now she writes stories about the animals – and the legislature and education and much more. Kealey worked in television for four years while attending the University of South Dakota. She started interning with South Dakota Public Broadcasting in September 2010 and accepted a position with television in 2011. Now Kealey is the radio news producer stationed in Sioux Falls. As a multi-media journalist, Kealey prides herself on the diversity of the stories she tells and the impact her work has on people across the state. Kealey is always searching for new ideas. Let her know of a great story! Find her on Facebook and twitter (@KealeySDPB).