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JULY 2019 | VOL. 95
Interim Deputy Commissioner Announced
GOED Commissioner Steve Westra announced on Wednesday, June 26, that a familiar face accepted the Interim Deputy Commissioner position: Mary Lehecka Nelson.

"The decision to ask Mary to step into the Deputy Commissioner role was an easy and natural one," Westra said. "Since I joined the office in January, Mary has played an integral role in helping me and Gov. Noem's team get up to speed on everything related to economic development. She has years--decades--of critical experience, and it's my privilege to welcome her as Interim Deputy Commissioner."

In February, Mary was recognized by Gov. Noem for serving South Dakota through state government for more than 30 years. All 30 years, Mary served in the Governor's Office of Economic Development.

"It's an honor to continue serving South Dakota and the people who live, work and do business here," Lehecka Nelson said. "I have such a passion for what this office does. I've always maintained that everyone has a story to tell, and over the years, I've had the distinct privilege of listening to and helping tell those stories, all of which make up the fabric of what it means to be a South Dakotan. I look forward to continuing that journey."

Mary will continue serving as the director of marketing and press relations in the interim.
ICYMI: Cybersecurity Webinar
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GOED Photo Week
The GOED team has been busy touring the state, visiting companies and taking photos to build our in-house photo database. In June, we stopped at places like VRC Metal Systems, Blair Brothers Angus Ranch, All Metal Manufacturing, Farmer's Business Network, VIKOR, POET and Moffatt Products. We're working to fill the schedule for July, and will be stopping in to places like Terex, Vantage Point and Counterpart, Inc. If you have recommendations for places we should visit that could lend well to promoting South Dakota's key industries, please contact Natalie Likness or Jessica Falk.

2019 Governor's Ag Summit
Last week, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture hosted the 2019 Governor's Ag Summit in Sioux Falls and GOED's business development and community development teams attended. Joe Fiala, GOED's director of community development presented on Livestock Development Projects: What You Need to Know.

"Our new livestock development initiative is structured to encourage growth in the livestock industry throughout the state," Fiala said. "Counties that see livestock development as a fit should pursue this opportunity. We are looking forward to working with producers and counties on this initiative."

To learn more, visit our archived webinar, here.

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