Vermillion awarded Community of the Year

Vermillion was named Large Community of the Year by Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Tuesday evening in Sioux Falls at the Governor’s Economic Development Conference. Mayor Jack Powell, USD President James Abbott, and Vermillion Area Chamber and Development Company (VCDC) President Gerry Tracy accepted the award on behalf of the community. … Read Article

GOP Senate candidates take stands at SDNA forum

South Dakota’s five Republican candidates for U.S. Senate – Mike Rounds, Stace Nelson, Annette Bosworth, Jason Ravnsborg, and Larry Rhoden – spent about 65 minutes responding to questions asked by a panel of reporters during the Saturday, April 12, candidates’ forum sponsored by the South Dakota Newspaper Association. The forum was held in Pierre in conjunction with the SDNA’s annual convention. (Photo by David Lias)

By Bob Mercer State Capitol Bureau PIERRE — The federal Affordable Healthcare Act should be repealed, all five Republicans running for their party’s U.S. Senate nomination said Saturday, April 12. Their opposition to Obamacare and their general dislike for President Barack Obama were among the few big points on which … Read Article

Vermillion Technology Center construction in final phase

In March of 2013, the Vermillion Area Chamber and Development Company, with the support of the City of Vermillion, Puetz Corporation, Eagle Creek Software Services, and First Dakota National Bank, broke ground on the Vermillion Technology Center. After more than one year of planning and construction, these entities are coordinating … Read Article

Polaris will invest $10 million in Vermillion plant

PIERRE – Polaris Industries Inc. announced Tuesday the company will be making a significant investment in technology and equipment upgrades with the help of funding approved by the Board of Economic Development. “Polaris Industries Inc.’s decision to invest in its Vermillion facility speaks volumes to South Dakota’s strong business climate,” … Read Article

Dakota Seeds program expanding, committing $200,000 per year

PIERRE – Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he plans to commit up to $200,000 per year in Future Funds to continue and further broaden the Dakota Seeds program. This expansion will include support for high school, technical school and college or university internships in certain high-need industry sectors. “We … Read Article

Welch named VCDC’s new executive director

By David Lias david.lias@plaintalk.net The Vermillion Chamber of Commerce and Development Company (VCDC) Board of Directors announced Wednesday afternoon that Nathan Welch has been hired as the development company’s new executive director. Welch will officially join the company on Monday, Feb. 24. Welch was previously employed in Sioux Falls where … Read Article

State paid bundle to Benda without supporting receipts

By Bob Mercer State Capitol Bureau PIERRE – The former state official that pioneered recruitment of Asian investors for a handful of South Dakota projects received many tens of thousands of dollars in reimbursements for expenses in a two-year period that weren’t backed up receipts or other proof, a special … Read Article

Legislature OKs plan for EB-5 hearings as GOED makes federal report available

By Bob Mercer State Capitol Bureau PIERRE – The state Senate gave final approval Monday to a plan for legislative hearings on the EB-5 immigrant investor program in South Dakota. Senators voted 33-1 to approve HCR 1010. The measure previously cleared the House of Representatives 51-18. The Governor’s Office of … Read Article

‘I’m so proud to be from Vermillion’

US Attorney Brendan Johnson, a native of Vermillion, told the VCDC banquet audience Thursday that his hometown’s strong sense of community makes it a place where people can thrive and be successful. 
(Photo by David Lias)

VCDC kicks off new campaign at banquet By David Lias david.lias@plaintalk.net The Vermillion Chamber of Commerce and Development Company’s (VCDC) annual banquet served a number of purposes last Thursday, Feb. 6. Members of the community enjoyed each other’s fellowship as they dined together at the Vermillion Event Center. The gathering … Read Article