For the first time, six South Dakota communities are partnering with the Governor's Office of Economic Development to attend North America's premier wind energy trade show.
WINDPOWER 2010 will be held May 23-26 in Dallas, TX.
"Although the state has had a presence at this show since its inception, this is the first time we are exhibiting with community partners,said Gov. Mike Rounds. "We have had tremendous success with this approach in other targeted industries, and we anticipate similar success with our community partners at WINDPOWER 2010."
Aberdeen, Brookings, Howard, Madison, Mitchell and Vermillion are participating in the Governor's Office of Economic Development's (GOED) Trade Show Co-Op Program, which strives to recruit businesses to South Dakota.
"The Co-Op Program will allow those South Dakota communities to send a personalized, cohesive message to those in the wind industry," Gov. Rounds said. "Our message will be extremely attractive to that industry because South Dakota has huge wind-energy potential, and we have a business climate that is second to none."
"The ability to co-op with the state is a great advantage for Vermillion and helps us make the most of Vermillion Now! funds," said Steve Howe, executive director of the Vermillion Area Chamber and Development Company. "Vermillion should have a presence in the alternative energy industry, and attending this show will allow us to interact with the major players in the industry under the banner of South Dakota. This approach gives us much greater access than if we were going it alone."