Jenny Ondell, Data Coordinator
Q: How many years have you been with GOED?
A: In November I'll celebrate 19 years with GOED.
Q: You're routinely called the "data-nerd," (a term of endearment!)--why is relevant data key to promoting South Dakota as a great place to not only do business, but also to raise a family?
A: I didn't realize what a nerd I truly was until a few years into this job when I would get energized over new data releases. "The Census is releasing new population numbers? Huzzah!" Data plays a big role in promoting South Dakota by giving us evidence to support our claims about being a great state to do business and live life. It also gives us a means to address hurdles that might be preventing a company from signing on the dotted-line. And not only does data provide evidence, it provides opportunities for new and unique messaging as well. We keep our eyes peeled for new information that helps us stand-out from other states and it's exciting when we find new and unique ways to brag (humbly, of course) about South Dakota.
Q: What is one of your proudest moments working in economic development, GOED-related or otherwise?
A: A couple years ago when Terex was considering what their future would look like in South Dakota, we provided a lot of data to make the case for remaining in Watertown. When the company announced they would stay and build a new facility, it was a huge relief, and definitely a moment of pride.
Q: What's your favorite TV show, current or discontinued?
A: Alias. I love a good spy drama.
Q: What card or board games do you like to play?
A: Pictionary! My family and I are all pretty low-key people, but Pictionary unleashes our competitive instincts, so it makes for some INTENSE holiday gatherings.
Q: With Halloween coming up, what's the best candy to hand out (or keep to yourself!)?
A: I always buy a bag of KitKat's because it's the BEST CANDY EVER. And because I live in a controlled-access building, I've never had trick-or-treaters, so I get to keep it ALL to myself!