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OCTOBER 2019 | VOL. 98
South Dakota Manufacturing Week Wraps Up
South Dakota's manufacturing industry continues to thrive. Last week, companies, communities, educators and advocates from across South Dakota participated in the 7th annual South Dakota Manufacturing Week.

"Manufacturing remains one of our state's leading industries, which is why our office remains committed to helping it grow," said Steve Westra, GOED Commissioner. "Manufacturing matters to our economy, and as we continue to see it evolve and diversify, we continue to invest in the future. From CTE courses to Governor Noem's 'Week of Work,' our kids today are the workforce of tomorrow. I want to thank everyone who participated in one way or another. You're the real reason manufacturing matters in South Dakota."

In case you missed it, Governor Noem shared this message last week with South Dakota's manufacturers. Enjoy!
Governor Noem Launches 'Week of Work'
Last month, Governor Kristi Noem kicked-off her South Dakota Week of Work initiative that aims to give 10th grade students the opportunity to get out of the classroom and into the workplace to learn about careers that are available in South Dakota. This initiative will help address our skills gap, while teaching them soft skills like showing up on time, dressing professionally and interacting with customers. By connecting businesses with students interested in their field of work, businesses can help develop the needed skills for future leaders in their industry. Students get exposure to careers where they could excel and that they're passionate about. Everyone wins.

Governor Noem and U.S. Department of Education Deputy Secretary Mitchell Zais also visited T.F. Riggs High School in Pierre to visit technical education classrooms and discuss the importance of career and technical education (CTE).

Read more about Governor Noem's 'Week of Work' initiative here.
News from Across South Dakota
October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), so the grand opening of Madison Cyber Labs, or MadLabs, at Dakota State University was perfect timing. The event was held on Wednesday, October 2.

“Dakota State University is pleased to announce the opening of the Madison Cyber Labs,” said President José-Marie Griffiths, Ph.D, in a press release issued by DSU. “Through research, collaboration, and leadership, we will achieve success in technology, cyber, innovation, and economic growth. We will redefine what it means to be a forward-thinking university, with the promise of a transformational future.”

To read the full story, click here.

Also, the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies put together a useful toolkit that promotes cyber awareness both in the home and at work. Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT. That's this year's message for how you can #BeCyberSmart. From creating stronger passwords to watching what you post, share and visit on social media, we can all play a part in being more cyber-aware. To explore the downloads and even play a trivia game with your coworkers or family, click here.
GET TO KNOW US!
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!
Registration for the October Webinar is OPEN!
Join Greg Henderson, executive director of Planning & Development District III, for the October webinar. Greg will discuss the services and partnerships offered by a planning district, and how they can help move a project forward in your community or region. Register here, today!
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