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GOED, Communities To Promote South Dakota At MD&M Expo

Thursday, October 9, 2014

For the seventh consecutive year, the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) is partnering with communities in an effort to grow South Dakota’s bioscience sector and help companies create jobs. Representatives from North Sioux City, Sioux Falls, Vermillion and Yankton will join the GOED in attending the Medical Design and Manufacturing (MD&M) Exposition in Minneapolis Oct. 29-30. 

 
“Our medical device industry has grown over the years and the MD&M Expo in Minneapolis is a great opportunity for us and our communities to promote South Dakota’s premier business climate,” said Gov. Dennis Daugaard.
 
South Dakota’s medical device sector has enjoyed steady growth over the last decade, increasing employment by 16.4 percent, while national growth has slowed to 9.5 percent in the same time period. 
 
“The number of bio-tech, medical research and medical manufacturing companies in Sioux Falls has grown significantly during the past decade,” said Dean Dziedzic, vice president of the Sioux Falls Development Foundation. “Because of this growing bio-medical sector, we know that Sioux Falls offers Minnesota medical device manufacturers the business, technical and supply chain advantages they need to prosper.”
 
"Participation in events like the MD&M allows North Sioux City a unique opportunity to showcase our community and the many benefits of doing business in our area," said North Sioux City Economic Development director, Kory Menken. "We sincerely appreciate GOED for spearheading these efforts, and for allowing us to partner with them.”
 
South Dakota currently has 13 businesses engaged in the Medical Devices & Equipment sector. Those companies employ more than 30 percent of the Bioscience workforce. 
 
For more information about South Dakota’s medical device and manufacturing industry, please visit the GOED website at www.sdreadytowork.com/Med_Dev_Manu.aspx. 
 
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Members of the media requesting more information should contact Natalie Likness at Natalie.Likness@state.sd.us or (605) 773-3301.