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

GOED investigations lead state government to enact further fraud protections

By Bob Mercer State Capitol Bureau PIERRE – People applying for some positions in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development would need to pay for criminal background checks under a new requirement approved by Legislature. That change, which awaits a decision from the governor, is one of many under way … Read Article

A ‘win-win’ for Vermillion School District

Funding allows partnership with Builder’s Choice By David Lias david.lias@plaintalk.net Gov. Dennis Daugaard has announced that the Vermillion School District is one of a dozen districts across the state to receive a Governor’s Grant for Career & Technical Education. The amount of the grant for Vermillion School District is $99,380. … 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

Legislature’s plan taking shape for hearings into EB-5 program

By Bob Mercer State Capitol Bureau PIERRE – Pieces are moving into place for the Legislature to analyze state government’s involvement in the now-suspended EB-5 immigrant investor program and decide whether further action should be taken. The eight Democratic and Republican leaders and assistant leaders in the House of Representative … Read Article

State withdraws offer to loan $5 million to Northern Beef

By Bob Mercer State Capitol Bureau PIERRE – The state Board of Economic Development canceled a $5 million loan commitment to Northern Beef Packers on Tuesday. The arrangement originally was approved Jan. 28, 2010. The board subsequently extended the commitment multiple times. The board granted its most recent extension at … Read Article