“South Dakota has been a great location for POET’s corporate headquarters. There is a wealth of workforce talent to fill management and executive positions, and the state has proven to be an attractive draw for employees from other parts of the country as well. While here, POET has grown to become the largest ethanol producer in the world. The state and its workforce have been an important key to that growth.”
"Forty years ago, Drs. Al Kurtenbach and Duane Sander took the bold step of starting a technical company with no products or markets, but with a belief that if they planted the seed of a company and infused some talent, commitment, and hard work, something good would come of it. Today, due to mainly recruiting in South Dakota, we have become a $500 million company with the great influence of homegrown talent! Our founders knew that South Dakota had a lot to offer in the form of workforce. We were founded on the principle of finding jobs for those talented South Dakotans.... 40 years and still going strong – due in large part to the work ethic and innovativeness of South Dakotans!”
“When you have an established relationship and trust with someone, it makes doing the next deal even easier. You get comfortable with each other, and that makes things work better. If you need to talk to a (GOED) loan officer or business development rep, they’re accessible.”
“We, being a food producer, are highly regulated. In South Dakota, the regulatory structure is not burdensome, but still adequately protects the food supply, the water supply and the environment. We have found all the regulators easy to work with, but they still do their job.”
“South Dakota has a lower cost of doing business. The support you get from the state and local leaders is vital. You don’t get that kind of support in California.”
"I have never been as impressed as I have been with the can-do attitude exhibited by the staff in the SD Governor's Office of Economic Development. If you haven't looked at South Dakota as a prospective location for your business, you are missing a great opportunity to utilize a superior workforce, a wonderful area for families and a superb business climate. This is the place for business!”
"Compared to other states, it is much easier to do business in South Dakota. The cooperativeness from start to finish of financial entities, economic development groups and the governor and his staff makes it easy for projects like ours to happen. That’s why we are here and that’s why we are expanding."
“From a business owner’s perspective, it is folks like the GOED staff that keep us here and growing. I’ve been impressed with their speed and support, and that’s a big incentive to stay.”