JUNE 2019 | VOL. 94
Connecting South Dakota
Connect South Dakota, the state program designed to fund broadband projects in unserved and underserved areas across the state, recently awarded $5 million to its first grant recipients. The money was approved by legislators last March. The initial $5 million will leverage more than $11.4 million in project costs. Read more here .

Later that week, Gov. Noem talked about the real impact broadband internet--or lack thereof--has on businesses in rural communities. To read her full column, click here .
ICYMI: South Dakota Legend Honored in Watertown
On Tuesday, May 28, state and local dignitaries, business leaders, friends and family, arrived to Watertown to honor a local legend, John Calvin. A prominent businessman who's synonymous with economic development, Calvin came to South Dakota in the 1980s after falling in love with pheasant hunting in South Dakota.

Calvin served as the commissioner of GOED, served on the Board of Economic Development, invested in Lake Area Technical Institute and so much more to see South Dakota grow into it's full potential and beyond.

On May 28, ground was broken at the industrial park that bears his name. It will forever be a place for future businesses and industries to grow in the Watertown community. From everyone at GOED, we thank and congratulate Mr. Calvin for his commitment to South Dakota!

Economic Development Week
It doesn't get said enough: Thank you to all of our partners for your role in economic development across South Dakota! To celebrate Economic Development Week, a few of the GOED staff shared why they love working in economic development. Watch the full video here:

News From Across the State
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