May 2020 | VOL. 103
Happy Economic Development Week!
Created by the International Economic Development Council in 2016, the goal of Economic Development Week (EDW) is to increase awareness for local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities and increase the quality of life in communities everywhere.

Economic Development Week includes activities in communities, both large and small, designed to highlight the importance of economic development and the good work that economic developers do every day.
Governor Noem's Small Business Relief Fund
In March, Governor Noem unveiled her Small Business Relief fund to assist businesses that needed help making ends meet. Today, 200 loans for 10.5 million dollars have been allocated to business across South Dakota. These businesses spread from border to border, in no one particular area and no one particular industry.

To see a full list of the approved loans, click here.
Please Welcome New Employee, Curtis Egan
Curtis' first official week with GOED was April 24th. Although he had a rather unusual start due to COVID-19, Curtis is happy to be in the office and ready to start helping get the ball rolling.

To learn more about Curtis, head over to our Facebook page to see what he has to say!
South Dakota Broadband Development Program
South Dakota Broadband Development Program Applications are Due May 29, 2020.

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 Karen Hirsch (22 years) and Alexis Terwilliger (1 year) on their work anniversaries with GOED! We are lucky to have you!
Kyle Peters, Business Development Representative

Q: How many years have you been with GOED?
A: I started with GOED in January of 2019.

Q: What is the most surprising thing you've learned about economic development?
A: The most surprising thing that I have learned about economic development is how many resources are available to businesses on a local, state, and federal level.

Q: If you could sum up GOED's purpose, what would that be?
A: To help businesses expand and grow!

Q: What is the best university in South Dakota and why?
A: There are other universities in South Dakota besides SDSU? All joking aside, South Dakota State University is my favorite for many reasons, not only did they invent Cookies N' Cream ice cream, but they were the best choice for my major in Agricultural Economics.

Q: What do you like most about GOED?
A: As a business development rep, I get the chance to travel all over South Dakota and meet some great people, which is by far my favorite part of the job.

Q: How do you and your family like to spend time together?
A: On my side of the family, our outings usually involve feeding cattle, working cattle, and moving cattle. But we wouldn't change that! However, my in-laws are always up for a Zesto run and a boat ride on the river.

Q: What's one thing people are missing out on because they don't know about it?
A: The next time you make PB&J, put the appropriate peanut butter and jelly portions into a bowl and stir it before applying it to the bread. This will give you an even amount of both in each bite! You're welcome!
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