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Belle Fourche Industrial & Rail Park Approved as a South Dakota Certified Ready Site

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. – The Belle Fourche Industrial & Rail Park has been approved as a South Dakota Certified Ready Site. The announcement was made during a presentation at the Belle Fourche Development Corporation’s monthly board meeting today.

“Belle Fourche has made some incredible strides in economic development the last year,” Pat Costello, Commissioner of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) said. “Greg Krajewski and other leaders in the community understand the value the South Dakota Certified Ready Sites Program brings to its community. The Belle Fourche Development Corporation is no stranger to partnering with the GOED and its programs. I appreciate Belle’s continued commitment to economic development.”

“Getting the Belle Fourche Industrial & Rail Park certified ready was a major goal for the Belle Fourche Development Corporation in 2014,” said Greg Krajewski, executive director, Belle Fourche Development Corporation. “Now we can market this designation not only on our website, but on the GOED website as well. Heavy industrial parks such as ours have to have the ‘Certified Ready Site’ designation to get a serious look from site selectors. The GOED had the foresight to create the Certified Ready Site program to ensure South Dakota communities who have this designation will do well in attracting manufacturing companies to their cities.”

The Belle Fourche Industrial & Rail Park is the community’s first site to be approved as a South Dakota Certified Ready Site.

The program is an economic development tool available to all counties, cities, townships, planning districts, business improvement districts and developers.

The South Dakota Certified Ready Sites Program is operated under the supervision of the GOED for the purpose of providing consistent information on sites available throughout the state. For more information on the program, visit www.sdreadytopartner.com.

Photo: From left to right: Jeff Haverly, Business Development Representative, South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development; Gary Hendrickson, Mayor of Belle Fourche; and Greg Krajewski, Executive Director of the Belle Fourche Development Corporation.


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