economic development

World Wildlife Fund

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe wants to create the largest Native American-owned and managed bison herd in North America. 

Wizipan Little Elk is CEO of the Rosebud Economic Development Corporation. He said the plan includes building a herd of 1,500 bison and possibly constructing a processing facility to provide food and economic development for tribal members. 

Paul Shackow

In The Moment ... January 8, 2019 Show 729 Hour 2

Profit for good! Historian Eric Abrahamson joins us to detail philanthropy's role in economic development and how things are changing in the digital world. Abrahamson is an author and the president of Vantage Point Historical Services. 

Paul Shackow

In The Moment ... October 8, 2019 Show 675 Hour 1

Elevate Rapid City is a new and innovative approach to economic development for Rapid City and the Black Hills region. President & CEO Tom Johnson joins In The Moment from the Black Hills Surgical Hospital Studio in Rapid City.

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... January 8, 2019 Show 490 Hour 1

Steve Allender was elected mayor of Rapid City in 2015 after a distinguished career in law enforcement.

Allender retired as Rapid City's Chief of Police in 2014, culminating a 29 year career with the RCPD.

He joins In The Moment to discuss several issues in Rapid City from economic development and opportunity to crime and rehabilitaion. 

The Black Hills Corporation Is Celebrating Its 135th Anniversary

Oct 23, 2018
Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... October 23. 2018 Show 446 Hour 1

The Black Hills Corporation is celebrating its 135th anniversary.  Headquartered in Rapid City, the Corporation serves one-and-a-quarter million electric and natural gas customers in eight states.

David R. Emery is the chairman and CEO of Black Hills Corporation. He was this morning's guest for the Morning Fill Up at The Garage in Rapid City where the conversation focused on building community, economic development, leadership insights and his family's contribution to the preservation of Lakota language and music.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... August 28, 2018 Show 410 Hour 1

Sioux Falls is a growing city with a growing budget.

Paul TenHaken has served as the city's mayor for more than 100 days now.

He joined In The Moment for a look at the direction of South Dakota's largest metropolis. 

Rosebud Economic Development Corporation

A new economic feasibility study is investigating opportunities for commercial and retail growth in an area on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation. The Rosebud Economic Development Corporation—or REDCO—is working with Native-owned Blue Stone Strategy Group to conduct the study. 

Where Do We Go From Here?

Apr 18, 2018
Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... April 18, 2018 Show 318 Hour 2 

When we look at the future of the Black Hills, how can we balance economic development and environmental integrity?

"Where Do We Go From Here?" host Chuck Parkinson and Rick Bell preview today's program at SDPB's Black Hills studio in Rapid City.

Today's topic: "Black Hills Resources: Addressing Economic Viability and Environmental Integrity"

Dana Dykhouse On Philanthropy

Mar 30, 2018

In The Moment ... March 30, 2018 Show 306 Hour 1

First PREMIER Bank CEO Dana Dykhouse spoke to guests at the Morning Fill Up Friday at the Garage in Rapid City. He discussed philanthropy and economic development in South Dakota. After the Morning Fill Up, presented by the Numad Group, he joined SDPB's Steve Zwemke for more discussion on In The Moment.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Leaders use the phrase "workforce shortage" often as South Dakota sees low unemployment and a mismatch of skills with job openings. Local hospitals and clinics are not immune. One area health organizations is paying to train students for positions they can’t fill. In turn, students learn on-the-job during internships and commit to staying in town for a few years.

NATIVE Act Boosts Tribal Tourism, Art

Sep 14, 2016
Chynna Lockett

This week Congress passed an act to spur tribal tourism and increase support for tribal art.    The act boosts federal funding and resources for native artists and tribal entrepreneurs.

The bill aims to increase the number of native owned art and tourism based businesses. 

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakotans list agriculture as the number one driver of economic development. That’s according to a recent survey that polled people nationally and gathered data in three separate states. Some people’s perceptions of the economy don’t jibe directly with information from businesses. 

A Wells Fargo and USA Today survey polled South Dakotans to find out which sectors they think contribute to a healthy economy. The top responses in order were agriculture, health care, education, construction, and retail.

Dakota Midday: Kelly Lindquist, Art Space CEO

May 2, 2016
Art Space

A starving artist is sometimes seen as the norm.  Many great artists lived at least some of their lives struggling with poverty, think, Van Gogh or even Johnny Cash. 

But some argue that artists should not always go hungry, or homeless.     Kelly Lindquist is President and CEO of a Minneapolis based organization called Art Space.

Aberdeen Possible Direct Refugee Resettlement Site

Apr 15, 2016

UPDATE: According to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, under the US Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 70,000 refugees entered the US in fiscal year 2014. They were settled in 47 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. In 2014 South Dakota became home for 523 refugees from eleven different countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Parks That Changed America

Apr 11, 2016

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the creation of National Parks.  

One group in the state is trying to remind people that all parks hold value from the biggest open spaces like the Badlands all the way down to the small city parks.

Michael Stanley is a landscape architect in Rapid City. 

EB-5 Charges No Surprise For Aberdeen Residents

Apr 7, 2016

The man who led a federal program offering visas in exchange for foreign investment dollars in South Dakota faces criminal charges in Aberdeen. That city was home to a failed beef plant that used EB-5 money. Some Aberdeen residents say the charges were expected.


Aberdeen Mayor Mike Levson says it wasn’t a surprise that charges were brought against Joop Bollen. He says concern over the EB-5 scandal has faded for people in his community.

Legislature Considers Bills On Veto Day

Mar 28, 2016

Tuesday state legislators consider overriding five vetoes issued by Governor Dennis Daugaard.

People in Sioux Falls are preparing to host a round of NCAA basketball. Friday and Sunday Division I Women’s Basketball attracts players and fans from the University of South Carolina, Ohio State, Syracuse and the University of Tennessee.

Mayor Mike Huether says the combination of visitors and ESPN’s coverage of the regional tournament offer an economic development advantage for Sioux Falls.

New BHFCU TV Commercial In Lakota

Jan 31, 2016

If you live in the Black Hills area you may have seen a recent commercial entirely in Lakota on TV.

It’s an advertisement for the Black Hills Federal Credit Union and it’s airing on every broadcast and cable TV network in the Hills area

Credit Union officials say they want to reach out to Lakota people in their own language.

Two Lakota versions of the BHFCU commercial are circulating, one with the Lakota female dialect and one with the male.  A third version of the commercial is in English.

Mark Luecke is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of South Dakota Innovation Partners, LLC, has previously provided executive management and business consulting to large Fortune 500 companies and small entrepreneurial businesses throughout his career. Most recently, Mark served as President and Chief Operating Officer of a venture capital firm based in Denver, Colorado, where is started and managed a diversified portfolio of businesses.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

New numbers from Sioux Falls officials show 2015 now holds the record for building values. City officials say the year ended with $667 million dollars’ worth of construction projects around Sioux Falls. Those span from public-private projects to commercial buildings and different housing options. Leaders say people are building housing and commercial projects all over the city, and the growth isn’t concentrated in one area.

An organization in Sisseton is working to impact towns in the northeast part of the state through housing, community, and economic development. 


Sen. Rounds Won’t Lobby To Keep EB-5 In SD

Oct 22, 2015

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is set to terminate South Dakota’s participation in the EB-5 program, stating a failure to submit required information and demonstrate promotion of economic growth. U.S. Senator Mike Rounds says federal government officials have a right to ask questions.

SD Secretary of State

Efforts to improve tribal state relations and new economic development in Indian Country are continuing in South Dakota.  
The Secretary of State Shantel Krebs is reaching out to tribes and forming new memorandum of agreements that help tribal governments maintain commercial codes that are a foundation for economic development.
Tribal business leaders say they welcome the efforts but add that much more work is needed to boost tribal sovereignty, smooth state relations, and pave the way for improved economic development.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

A coalition of Sioux Falls area leaders is setting priorities for workforce. Business, education, government, and community stakeholders are applying national and local economic data to develop a plan for sustainability. 

Forward Sioux Falls and a company called Market Street services collected data for six months. The information spans across platforms: innovation, economic performance, workforce capacity, quality of life, business environment, labor market, public education, technical programs and higher ed.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Sioux Falls leaders have signed an agreement purchasing rail yard land in the center of town. City officials announced the agreement last month. This week they officially signed the deal to buy land in downtown Sioux Falls.

A bright orange locomotive sits on the tracks behind a stage above gravel in central Sioux Falls. Mayor Mike Huether says it’s a fitting metaphor for a deal that puts 10 acres for former rail yard into city hands.

A railroad company and the City of Sioux Falls have struck a multi-million dollar deal for land in the central part of the city. Burlington-Northern agrees to sell much of the rail yard in downtown Sioux Falls for more than $27 million.

“It’s bigger than the events center, folks,” Mayor Mike Huether says. “This is."

Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether says an agreement to buy more than 10 acres of rail land in the center of town is a major move for the community. Huether says some people thought leaders would never negotiate to buy the rail yard even with federal funding.

Advance Health has announced it's locating a new office and customer service center in an unused building at Ellsworth Air Force Base. Company officials say the new site is its third location and they expect to fill more than 200 jobs during the next three-to-five years.

Sioux Falls Development Foundation

A new, 800 acre business park for Sioux Falls is being built at the cross section between interstates 29 and 90. This is the tenth development park for the city and could employ more than 8,000 people once it’s fully built. On Tuesday, economic leaders and government officials, including Governor Dennis Daugaard and Mayor Mike Huether, announced the new Foundation Park.

Dakota Midday: Cold Spray Technology

May 21, 2015

Charles Widener, Director of the Arbegast Materials Processing and Joining Lab at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, discussed Cold Spray Technology which was developed at the school.  It received funding from the Defense Department and from the South Dakota office of economic development.  Cold Spray Technology is used to repair metal, like on airplanes or large machines.