Because the Lincoln and Minnehaha County Economic Development Associations join every year for a combined annual meeting, each one is a celebration of the partnerships that have helped to shape the economies of each county. This year's annual meeting is an even stronger celebration of partnerships, with a keynote address by the Deputy Commissioner of the Governor's Office of Economic Development Mary Lehecka Nelson and the presentation of the first annual Partners in Progress Awards.
The LCEDA and MCEDA combined annual meeting will be held on Thursday, November 7 in the Falls Room just off the main lobby of the Holiday Inn City Centre in downtown Sioux Falls. We're excited to host Deputy Commissioner Nelson, who has been a longtime contributor to the success of the Governor's Office of Economic Development. She also chairs the events committees which bring together business leaders for the Governor's Economic Development Conference, the Buffalo Roundup and the Invitational Pheasant Hunt.
The first annual Partners in Progress Awards will recognize those communities, individuals and companies that are making a difference, this year and every year, in growing our economy and making our communities better places to live and work. The categories for these new awards are Community Innovation, Regional Economic Development Champion and Business Partner of the Year. We hope you will join us to honor these outstanding examples of economic development partnership and activity at our annual meeting. For more information on the Partners in Progress Awards, or to make a nomination, please call 605-339-0103 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and request a nomination form.
Our annual meeting is free and open to any resident of our two-county service area—and we firmly believe that each and every one of you is a vital partner in driving the economic development success of our region. Your community support, your business investments and your decision to live and work here make you a partner in progress. I hope to see you November 7!
By Nick Fosheim, Executive Director, Lincoln and Minnehaha County Economic Development Associations
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