Economic development focus of training course More than 150 economic development advocates from across the state attended a one-day training session sponsored by the Governor's Office of Economic Development.
The training session, called Economic Development: The Basics, was geared at volunteer board members, economic development staff (those new to the position or those who want a refresher course on economic development 101), mayors, city/county commissioners, bankers or anyone who promotes economic development.
Each workshop included information on planning nand organizing your local economic development group, how to get a marking plan in place and how to implement it, basic information on financing and volunteer management.
"The feedback we got from those who attended was very positive," said Chris Braendlin, commissioner, GOED. "We are definitely looking at doing this on an annual basis," he said.
Workshops were held in Rapid City, Chamberlain, Brookings and Aberdeen.