MCEDA partnered with Minnehaha County government in hosting a bus tour of regional companies and developments May 23. The bus took county commissioners, planning officials, highway supervisors and economic development participants on a tour with seven stops ranging from a manufacturing plant to a dairy.
“It’s vital to have decision makers and leaders responsible for approving projects and developing roads see companies first-hand,” said Nick Fosheim, executive director of MCEDA. “Our contacts in the communities and companies we visited on the tour were excited about the opportunity to show county officials real progress happening throughout Minnehaha County.”
The group first visited Cemcast Pipe and Precast in Hartford and toured the community of Hartford, including a variety of retail and housing projects. The new CHS Eastern Farmers Ag plant near Colton was the next stop, followed by Midwest Fresh Logistics in the new Dell Rapids industrial park. The tour made a visit to Bucher Prairie, a new 20-acre park near Garretson, before stopping to view the new construction at Nordstrom’s Automotive. The final stop of the busy day was Royalwood Dairy near Brandon, a fourth generation dairy farm.
"The diversity of our economy and the confidence shown by those willing to invest millions of dollars demonstrates how healthy the economy is in Minnehaha County,” said County Commissioner Dean Karsky. “It’s impressive to see these businesses first-hand and hear the local success stories their owners have to tell.”
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