This year’s joint annual meeting of the Lincoln and Minnehaha County Economic Development Associations had a popular new component that enhanced the regional development conversation.
A pre-annual meeting panel discussion featured four regional development professionals discussing three topics essential to modern growth in the two-county area: competition in economic development, expanding community housing options and agri-business and its role in regional development.
Featured panelists included Joan Franken, managing director of Costello Companies; Erica Beck, vice president of development for Lloyd Companies; Paul Kostboth, owner/manager of A1 Development Solutions, and Steve Watson, director of business development for the South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development.
The panel discussion drew a standing room only crowd of over 75 people to the Holiday Inn City Centre. The panelists, moderated by business journalist Jodi Schwan, spoke knowledgeably about development in MCEDA and LCEDA communities, citing case histories and actual experiences.
Led by Executive Director Nick Fosheim, the annual meeting focused on the development achievements of the past year in both counties and a combined annual report was distributed at the meeting. Minnehaha County Economic Development Association President Mike Wendland and Lincoln County Economic Development Association President Eric Pauli each provided a report from their respective counties. Fosheim, executive director of both groups, highlighted the growth recorded in rural communities during 2017 and the prospects for 2018.
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