'Moments of Magic,' Rural Development Among Topics at GOED Conference
Around 360 Gather in Sioux Falls for Annual Event
Approximately 360 economic developers, business leaders and entrepreneurs gathered in Sioux Falls last month for the annual Governor's Economic Development Conference. The conference was held in conjunction with the Governor's Giant Vision competition, and co-sponsored by the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
"We have received a lot of positive feedback from this year's conference. It is such a great time to bring our colleagues and partners from across the state together to discuss not only what issues we face, but also to celebrate our accomplishments," said Commissioner Pat Costello.
Keynote speaker Texas-based Shep Hyken spoke on delivering spectacular customer service, known as "moments of magic." Hyken's presentation notes can be found here. Commissioner Costello also addressed the audience, giving an overview on the activities and accomplishments of the year, and Lawrence & Schiller's Laura Mitchell spoke on the state's workforce development campaign.
Other topics and sessions, which were titled after popular movies included: "Show Me the Money," a presentation on financing and incentives by GOED's Cassie Stoeser and Watertown's Craig Atkins; "The Social Network," a breakout session on social media; "Secret of My Success," where workforce coordinators shared their successes; "Wall Street," an overview a new statewide, private equity fund; and "The A-Team," a workforce leadership roundtable. An additional session was held the following morning on Rural Community Development. That session featured videos, discussions and best practices on developing rural communities. The videos featured South Dakota's Community of the Year, Britton; making the business case for rural communities featuring Dakota Style in Clark; and housing best practices, featuring Redfield.
Photos: Left photo: keynote speaker Shep Hyken interacts with an audience member. Center photo: GOED's Business and Community Development Director Steve Watson, left, moderates a panel session on rural community development. Right photo:GOED Commissioner Pat Costello addresses the audience.
And the Winner is...
As part of the 2016 Governor's Economic Development Conference, Gov. Daugaard honored several leaders in economic development during an evening banquet.
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Community of the Year - Britton
Awarded each year to a community that has exhibited leadership in the area of economic development, this award recognizes achievement, innovation and growth resulting from community efforts. “Britton is an example of a community that’s put its experience, expertise, enthusiasm and pocketbooks to good use for improvement of its economy and quality of life,” said Gov. Daugaard.
Entrepreneur of the Year - Sean Coffman, Sioux Falls
Founder of Carsforsale.com Sean Coffman of Sioux Falls took a risk, followed his dream, and has since grown his company to more than 170 employees and lists more than two million vehicles for sale nationwide. "It’s a great honor to recognize Sean for his giant vision and innovative spirit,” Gov. Daugaard said.
Excellence in Economic Development - Ralph Hanson (posthumous), Pollock
This award is dedicated to eight South Dakotans, including Gov. George S. Mickelson, who died when returning home from an economic development event in 1993. “Ralph was a positive, supportive force in northeast South Dakota and his good nature and positive attitude helped create an atmosphere of camaraderie,” said Gov. Daugaard.