President's Message: Recognizing our partners in state government
Successful economic development is very much a matter of partnership—and one of our strongest partnerships is with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Throughout the past few years, GOED has been led by Commissioner Pat Costello, who has left government service to rejoin private enterprise here in Sioux Falls. Our thanks to Pat for his service and for his hard work in helping Sioux Falls grow.
Governor Daugaard has announced that Scott Stern will be the new commissioner for GOED beginning September 1. A veteran of the energy industry, Scott is familiar with the advantages of the South Dakota business climate and will be a great new partner in building the prosperity of our state.
Our state government partners are all active participants in the economic development work we do. From Governor Daugaard himself, who is always willing to meet with site selectors and business executives to share his perspectives on South Dakota’s economy, to GOED regional representatives who direct prospects to our office and help us host visiting corporate leaders, we are all on the same page.
GOED staff in Pierre and throughout the state understand that economic development successes in any part of South Dakota boost the whole state. We are all working to let people in other parts of the country—potential employees and business decision makers—know the South Dakota secret: this is the best place in America to raise a family and grow a business.
An additional special thank you goes to recently retired GOED Research Director Mary Cerney, who has been a font of information and another valuable partner in economic development in South Dakota. GOED’s new Research Director is Joe Fiala, who has been with the state’s economic development team for five years. We welcome Joe to his new post.
We have seen changes in our own staff at SFDF, as longtime Workforce Development Director Mary Medema has retired, and Lon Clemensen has joined us as Vice President for Workforce Development. We wish Mary well and welcome Lon to the team.
by Slater Barr