June 2020 | VOL. 104
Happy BIO Digital Week!
The BIO Association went digital this year for its annual conference and the GOED was there, digitally speaking.
GOED Business Representative Katherine Kirby Nelsen attended the conference which brought together more than 6,500 attendees from 64 countries around the world for one-on-one partnering, critical education, and thought leaders discussing the most pressing industry topics.
Kirby Nelsen said it was rewarding to participate in BIO Digital Week. “As an emerging leader in the bio industry, it was really encouraging to be involved in an international conference with key leaders in the bio industry. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, South Dakota remained open for business. To set the bar high in both these arenas has made me so proud to be a South Dakotan,” she concluded.
"Perhaps the most significant takeaway so far from the COVID-19 pandemic is that more freedom, not more government, is the answer… Freedom is a better friend of true science than government-centered and government-controlled science. Freedom, not government, is the best friend of innovation. Freedom focuses our politics on persuasion and the intellectual strength of our positions, not on control, coercion or the heavy hand of government. And if someone is interested in the common good in all its iterations and complexities, freedom is the one and only choice."- Governor Noem

More freedom, not more government has been the reason that South Dakota's economy has slowed, but not fully stopped. According to 24/7 Wall Street, South Dakota was found least likely to be crippled by the pandemic when compared to other states in the nation.

Our leadership and our citizens, who have made the right, safe, and smart decisions to stay home when necessary have been the reason that South Dakota has been OPEN FOR BUSINESS.

To read more about lesson learned from COVID-19, click this link.
SD Broadband Development Program Recipients Announced Next Week
Broadband grant recipients will be announced this week!

South Dakota legislators approved $5 million again this year to continue broadband upgrades in South Dakota. “During these unprecedented times brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, reliable broadband connection has never been more necessary than it is today,” said Commissioner Steve Westra. “From telehealth to homeschooling and teleworking, quality, dependable broadband internet keeps us connected even though we’re apart. Although social distancing will only be temporary, staying connected to our friends, loved ones and business associates will be forever, and Connect South Dakota can help make that happen.”

To learn more about our broadband program, click here.
Happy Anniversary!
A special congratulations to Lajena Gruis (18 years), Dale Knapp (15 years), Melissa Andrisen (1 year), and Eric Siemers (1 year). We are lucky to have you!
Taylor Cole, Digital Marketing Specialist

Q: How many years have you been with GOED?
A: I started with GOED in March 2017 as an information specialist for our research department. In July 2017, I moved to our marketing department into my current role.

Q: What is the most surprising thing you've learned about economic development?
A: Everything! I had very little background with economic development prior to working for GOED. I love how every department in our office plays a role in helping the great people of South Dakota and beyond.

Q: If you could sum up GOED's purpose, what would that be?
A: Maintaining and growing South Dakota businesses and communities, one person at a time.

Q: How do you and your family like to spend time together?
A: OUTDOORS! 😃 I grew up spending lots of time on the Missouri River boating, tubing, wakeboarding, fishing; skiing and snowboarding at Terry Peak; and walking the fields at my dad’s hunting lodge. I’m so lucky that I still get to enjoy all of these things with my family and introduce my niece and nephews to the same experiences that I had growing up.

Q: Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
A: I have had one or more puppies every spring for the last three years. This brings me to a grand total of 9 hunting fools that I get to love on every day!

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