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Invite them home for new opportunities


Summer is the season of community celebrations, alumni reunions and family gatherings—perfect opportunities to remind our far-flung high school alumni of the economic changes and career opportunities this area offers.

           

 

Communities can take the lead to invite friends and relatives working in other states home, educate them about the career options available in our area and connect them to local and state resources that are ready to help them find a new and exciting career here in South Dakota. That’s why the Lincoln and Minnehaha County Economic Development Associations are partnering with our member communities to provide local profiles for inclusion on the Dakota Roots website, www.dakotaroots.com. Dakota Roots is the state program that provides Job Advisors and active assistance to former residents seeking a new career and a better life in South Dakota.

           

 

Dakota Roots helps people find jobs in high-wage, high-demand fields in our state. The program’s advisors assist in every step of the job-hunting process and notify returning South Dakotans about new opportunities that arise. It’s easy for area residents to refer friends and loved ones to Dakota Roots and for South Dakota businesses interested in hiring Dakota Roots participants to post a job to start connecting with out-of-state applicants.

           

 

When a local resident refers a friend or relative’s information to Dakota Roots, a Job Advisor works to find one of more than 16,000 open positions here in South Dakota—all at no cost and no obligation. Dakota Roots also spotlights South Dakota communities on a rotating basis, emphasizing the unique advantages of each—advantages especially evident in our growing, high-opportunity region.

           

 

That’s why LCEDA and MCEDA are leveraging the data we gather on economic growth, building stats and community amenities by providing them to Dakota Roots. We all want to bring our talented sons and daughters back home to South Dakota—and it all starts with inviting them home for new opportunities and great careers.

 

 

By Nick Fosheim, Executive Director, Lincoln and Minnehaha County Economic Development Associations

  

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