SEPTEMBER 2019 | VOL. 97
South Dakota Manufacturing Week:
Sept. 30 - Oct. 4, 2019
It's already that time of year again, the 7th annual South Dakota Manufacturing Week is just weeks away.

"South Dakota's manufacturing industry remains strong and this week is dedicated to the industry and those who work in it ," said GOED Commissioner Steve Westra. "Our partners, whether it's an economic development organization, chamber of commerce, manufacturing association or manufacturing company, have an opportunity to join us in recognizing this vital industry."

If you're interested in participating in Manufacturing Week, celebrate in ways that work for you and your community! There's no right way or one way to celebrate. Host tours, visit schools or throw a party--it doesn't matter, we want to see you involved. Share your events with us using #SDMfgWeek and tag us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using @SDGOED on all platforms.

Stop by to get some inspiration, or contact Natalie Likness at .
Signify Health Breaks Ground on New Facility in Rapid City

Photo courtesy of Rapid City Journal

Signify Health, formerly known as Advance Health, broke ground on Wednesday, Sept. 4, its new 30,000-square-foot facility. When it's complete, the new building will have space for about 360 employees.

Governor Kristi Noem called the announcement, "an exciting day for the state of South Dakota." She touted Signify's employees, saying, "They care about their people. They care about providing good jobs and letting them raise strong families here. This is exactly what we not only want to see in South Dakota, but we want to see them expand and invest and continue to be here."

Advance Health previously operated a call center out of office space at Ellsworth Air Force Base. The Virginia-based company merged with Dallas-based CenseoHealth in late 2017 and changed its name to Signify in July 2018. Signify has since added home health care services to its core offerings and employs almost 210 people in Rapid City.
Deadline to File Property Tax Exemption is November 1st
Don't forget! November 1 is the deadline for non-profit industrial development corporations to file with county directors of equalization for a property tax exemption for real property for property tax year 2019, payable in 2020.

The South Dakota Legislature increased the exemption from $100,000 to $750,000 in 2016. Click here to read the statute.

The forms to file for this exemption are available at The South Dakota Department of Revenue's property tax forms page .

If your organization has previously filed for this exemption, you need to complete form PT-44 Application for Continuing Tax Exempt Status of a Private Organization. If you have not previously filed for this exemption, complete form PT-43 Application for Property Tax Exempt Status.

The GOED recommends taking the completed form to the Director of Equalization to get a time-stamped copy to verify timely filing.

For more information, please contact Joe Fiala, Community Development Director, at or 605-204-2306.

ICYMI: Slowing the Spread of Zebra Mussels
Photo courtesy of Sam Stukel

In August, Governor Kristi Noem issued a column titled "Slowing the Spread of Zebra Mussels." It's an issue she remains passionate about, and it's one we all can play a role in helping to spread awareness. In case you missed it, here's the full column:

When we launch our boats into the water, it’s important to remember that we all have a role to play in keeping our waters safe and free from invasive species that wreak havoc on these favorite places.
Earlier this summer, my department of Game, Fish and Parks confirmed zebra mussels in Lake Sharpe near Fort Thompson. Zebra mussels are a small freshwater mollusk that attach to hard objects to live. The mussels reproduce rapidly and move quickly. They can clog irrigation lines and damage boat motors and docks. Their sharp shells can wash up on shorelines in large numbers making recreation difficult or even dangerous when taking your family to the beach for the day.
Right now, surface water infrastructure like water intakes or irrigation systems are more impacted than fisheries, and zebra mussels can be especially hard on water systems. In some areas of the country, they have been found in densities of over 700,000 individuals per square meter.
The mussels also have the potential to harm aquatic ecosystems. The species is a filter feeder that consumes plankton in water. Each individual is capable of filtering up to one liter of water per day, removing food for native mussels and fish. 
To minimize the spread of these creatures, the Game, Fish and Parks Commission has taken immediate action by adopting emergency rules to name Lake Sharpe and Lake Francis Case as containment waters to help mitigate the spread of the mussels. We’re taking this issue very seriously, and as we work to determine the extent of the infestation, it is important for us all to recognize the role we play in combating the spread of these mussels.
The only way for mussels to move from lake to lake is if people accidently carry them in or on their boats. Before too long, South Dakota waters will be at their peak water temperatures for young mussels, called veligers, to spread. If you’re spending time on Lake Sharpe or Lake Francis Case, or any other body of water in South Dakota, make sure you pull your boat plug before launching and upon exiting the lake or river. It only takes one boater or angler who has forgotten to pull their plug or check their boat before and after launching to spread any type of aquatic invasive species. It’s up to each of us to work together to protect our natural resource treasures.
If you are new to fishing or just bought a new or used boat, know the rules and ask questions if you are unsure of what you should be doing. Game, Fish and Parks staff are always there to help and are just a phone call away. If you don’t think this impacts you, you’re wrong. If you use South Dakota’s lakes and rivers to boat, fish, hunt or for any other form of recreation, you need to care about the devasting impacts of aquatic invasive species. I don’t want the next generation of anglers and boaters to have to solve this issue when we can do something about it today.
South Dakota's water bodies are here for all of us to enjoy – for today and for the next generation. We must all take care of them together.

Melissa Andrisen, Business Development Representative

Q: When did you join GOED?
A: June 18, 2019

Q: What attracted you to applying for and accepting a business development representative?
A: The description of what a business development rep's job responsibilities seemed right up my alley. I love learning about businesses and building meaningful relationships. Being an attentive listener and relatable to the person and finding a commonality with someone, generally comes easy to me.

Q: How is economic development different than you expected? How is it the same?
A: It is what I expected in that it's about growing South Dakota's economy, but it is more than just adding jobs. It's about sustaining and expanding businesses already here and bringing new businesses to South Dakota. And this not only impacts the business owner, but also the employees and their quality of life in the state. Lastly, learning what products are manufactured in South Dakota is incredible!

Q: If there was as a movie made about your life, who would you want to play you and why?
A: Emma Stone, because she can be both serious and funny and that is definitely me!

Q: If you could leave today for any place in the world, where would it be and why?
A: Good question. If it was a short trip, I'd pick Denver for a Broncos home game. If it is a month, I would be on a beach somewhere soaking up the sun before the snow comes and doesn't leave for four months.

Q: What makes your dogs the best dogs ever?
A: Oliver is my white lab. He is by my side at all times and is loyal. Maizie, my goldendoodle, is also very loyal, but she's independent, smart and has the confidence of a world leader.
More GOED Staff News
Matt Brunner, Business Development Representative
GOED welcomed its newest member to the business development team, Matt Brunner. Matt was raised in Windsor, Colorado, and attended Colorado State University where he graduated from the College of Business, with a concentration in Marketing and Management. He is based out of Rapid City and is responsible for promoting business growth, expanding job opportunities, and assisting local economic development for communities in that region. Matt and his wife Alyssa have two sons, Cole and Landon.

"Matt has experience in insurance, marketing, sales and training, so he's a great fit for GOED," said GOED Commissioner, Steve Westra. "If you're in the Rapid City region, please stop in to the Ascent Innovation Center to say 'hi' to him."

Joe Fiala, Interim Director of Business Development
Joe Fiala, director of community development, is serving as the interim business development director.

"Joe has a lot of experience in all facets of economic development," Westra said. "From local economic development in Miller, to serving GOED as a business development rep and now director of community development, Joe's expertise is exactly what our reps in both divisions need right now. I commend him for stepping up to the plate."

Mary Lehecka Nelson, Deputy Commissioner
Lastly, in July it was announced that a familiar face was appointed as the Interim Deputy Commissioner, Mary Lehecka Nelson. As of September 1, Lehecka Nelson became the full-time Deputy Commissioner.

"Since January, Mary has played an integral role in helping keep GOED laser-focused," said Westra. "Mary's passion to serve in economic development is evident in her passion to serving the people of South Dakota. I'm incredibly grateful and thankful for her continued commitment to GOED, and I look forward to working alongside her to advance South Dakota's growing economy."
News From Across the State
Have something you want to share with our partners? GOED launched a new feature in its "Partners in Progress" e-newsletter. Share best practices, trainings and good news in economic development by clicking the button below!
Ace Plus Comes to Chamberlain; Fills Vacant Shopko Building

Ace Hardware, “the helpful place,” will soon be part of our neighborhood, located in the Shopko building on King Street.

This “Plus” store will offer many of the products provided by Shopko alongside industry-leading brands like Craftsman, Weber Grills, Valspar and Scotts and full-line hardware departments including paint, lawn and garden and electrical. In addition, customers can expect the personal, knowledgeable, and helpful service that makes them feel like a neighbor from their local Ace. 

Chamberlain City Mayor, Chad Mutziger commented, “We are extremely excited for this addition to our community and business district in Chamberlain. Bill Bregar’s community-minded business sense will work hand in hand with the other businesses throughout Chamberlain to help strengthen and diversify our business community. We look forward to not only the opening of the Ace Hardware store but also the additional goods and products Mr. Bregar will fill his property with."

The Chamberlain Ace store will be accepting job applications in the near future for various positions. The store is planning a soft opening December 1, 2019.  
Registration for the September Webinar is OPEN!
One of the most challenging questions in economic development is how to structure a deal. What incentives should I use? When should I use them? Which partners do I need at the table? Join Al Hueton from Brookings Economic Development Corporation and Chris Schilken from Watertown Development Company as they share their experiences and answer questions you may have for structuring your own deals. Register here.
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