Summit focuses on best practices in workforce development

From hiring to retaining top talent, it is a challenging time to be building your workforce. The Sioux Falls Development Foundation’s annual WIN in Workforce Summit will bring together business leaders and experts for a day focused on workforce strategies that can be put to immediate use.

The WIN in Workforce Summit will be held Wednesday, October 26, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. Human resource professionals and leaders at all levels of an organization will find opportunities to learn from others who are finding ways to create talented teams and take their businesses to new levels of success.

The event will kick off with an inspirational message from Justin Forsett, a former NFL running back turned Shark Tank entrepreneur. Forsett shares his story of going from poverty to peak performance in sports and business.

Additional sessions include panel discussions on attracting new entry-level employees, talent development, talent retention to address employee burnout, and today’s workforce issues, such as hybrid workplaces and change management.

The registration fee is $89 and includes a networking lunch. SHRM members will be eligible for up to nine Personal Development Credits for attending the 2022 WIN in Workforce Summit. Find more information and register online at www.wininworkforce.com.

Sioux Falls Development Foundation welcomes Claire Herbst

The Sioux Falls Development Foundation is pleased to welcome our newest team member – Claire Herbst! Claire joins us as the talent recruitment coordinator.

Claire grew up in Sioux City, IA, and attended the University of South Dakota to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in accounting, along with a minor in legal studies in business and a certificate in inclusive leadership. During her college years, she held internships with the Vermillion Area Chamber and Development Company, as well as First Dakota Title.

Following completion of her degree, Claire began her career at PREMIER Bankcard as an accountant. She then joined the Sioux Falls Development Foundation as the Talent Recruitment Coordinator in September 2022.

In her role, she will be working in collaboration with area businesses and regional education institutions to source, attract, and match talented students with available internship opportunities in the Sioux Falls region.

Outside of her work with SFDF, Claire is a chapter advisor for USD’s chapter of Alpha Phi and is an active member of the Sioux Falls Young Professionals Network.

President’s Report: When Good Plans Come Together

In the summer of 2021, the Development Foundation and the Chamber of Commerce (co-owners of the Zeal building on Southeast Tech’s campus) walked forward discussions with Startup Sioux Falls regarding the organization moving downtown to better “fit” the needs of the region’s entrepreneurial community.

After conversations with the City of Sioux Falls regarding the former Parks and Rec building located next to the Levitt downtown, it was decided the building would be an excellent location for the new model of Startup Sioux Falls. Concurrently, we began having conversations with Southeast Tech about the transition of the Zeal building to a new facility that could assist in training needs for more healthcare professionals. The concept of the Health Sciences Clinical Simulation Center was born.

The development of this concept would allow Southeast Tech to expand their health sciences programming, providing hundreds of new health sciences graduates (including nurses) to help fill the needs of our medical and health sciences community.

Working in partnership with the Development Foundation, the Chamber, the City of Sioux Falls, Startup Sioux Falls, the state legislature, Avera and Sanford, the plan included obtaining a lease agreement with the City for the Parks and Rec building, obtaining funding for the build out of both facilities and obtaining funds from the state legislature for equipment in the new simulation center. In addition, the project needed additional funding from Forward Sioux Falls to make the lease/purchase arrangement of the Zeal building by Southeast Tech possible.

During the winter of 2021-22, the partnership was successful in obtaining a lease from the City for the P&R building, obtaining funding for the buildout of the Zeal building, obtaining funding for the equipment, and gaining a commitment from Forward Sioux Falls for lease payment assistance.

In the spring of 2022, the Sioux Falls School Board approved a lease of the Zeal building, sealing the dream of moving the Startup Sioux Falls Community into a newly renovated facility in downtown Sioux Falls and creating the Health Sciences Clinical Simulation Center at Southeast Technical College.

Design and construction is currently underway at both facilities, with Startup Sioux Falls planning a January opening and the Simulation Center targeting fall of 2023 as their opening date.

Sioux Falls and Forward Sioux Falls are well known for their strategic visions, but even better known for turning those visions into reality. This is a perfect example of organizations coming together for the betterment of the community and the long-term success of all organizations involved. In short…we love it when a plan comes together.

Chairman’s Report: Planning and Progress

By: Kurt Loudenback

Every fall the Sioux Falls Development Foundation Board of Directors takes a half day to review what has been done the past year and what opportunities exist for the upcoming year and beyond. We look at where we’ve been and where we’d like to go as we continue working with our partners to chart sustainable growth in the Sioux Falls region into the future.

2022 has been filled with great success stories including selling and purchasing property. We’re developing Foundation Park North including grading, street and utility construction, and general planning to make those sites build-ready, a proven asset when attracting new investment by prospective employers. The City has played a huge role as well in building out Marion Road to the Renner/Crooks highway, literally paving the way for growth in that region.

All of the land in Sioux Empire Park 8 East is now sold and the grading, infrastructure and street construction of Bahnson Avenue, north of Benson Road, is nearly complete — opening 150+ acres for development in Park 8 West.

Our workforce initiatives are constantly expanding to include more ways to connect our business community with the workforce they need. Our talent initiatives target university and tech school students and alumni within 120 miles of Sioux Falls with programs like Talent Draft, Talent Rebound, Talent Thursdays and INTERN Sioux Falls. High school and middle school students are targeted with Career Connections and STEM programming, while existing employers are invited to participate in our UPSKILL Sioux Falls programming to move people up within their companies. We encourage you to connect with the Development Foundation to take advantage of these programs that will help you attract and retain quality employees.

Our WORK Sioux Falls marketing campaign has allowed us to reach markets in California, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, and North Dakota to attract people looking to make a change by allowing them direct access to Sioux Falls area company job websites via www.siouxfalls.com/work. Over 3,000 direct connections have been made between local employers and potential employees in these markets.

All this success was an outcome of our planning process last fall and will be reviewed for effectiveness and adjustments at our upcoming planning session. As we move into 2023, your Development Foundation board and staff will generate new ideas on business attraction, retention and expansion.

Although the future can’t be predicted, the Foundation can be prepared. We hope you appreciate this work being done by the team and are benefitting from our efforts to improve the economic vitality of the Sioux Falls region. Thank you for being a member and an investor.

California family’s first impression prompts fast move to S.D., new business venture

A short stay in South Dakota was all it took to convince Jared and Katrina Smith to move east.

“We visited at the end of February and on the ride back home to California we decided to move,” Katrina Smith said. “From there, we just started packing and three months later we were headed here with our truck and trailer.”

Smith Family in front of Mt. Rushmore

They had come to South Dakota – Hartford, more specifically – to help settle the estate of Jared’s stepbrother.

“And we decided it would be in everyone’s best interest for us to buy the house and keep it in the family,” Katrina said. “He lived in Hartford, so we just decided to pick up where he left off.”

Talking with the neighbors, Jared said he quickly realized this community was different.

“I said to them that I didn’t know places like this still existed and that there were people like these – people who are still willing to get out of the car and help change a tire or help a neighbor cut a tree or just wave and say hi and smile instead of waking up in a bad mood hating the world,” Jared said.

“It was a short stay, but just that little time we were here was enough to say we did not want to go back to California.”

Smith Family in Mountains

They moved to Hartford in May and their first impression hasn’t wavered, Katrina said.

“I remember thinking this feels like a place I want to raise my kids,” she said. “Everyone is so, so friendly and that is something that doesn’t happen back home. There everyone looks at you sideways and wonders what you want, and here everyone I met was so humble. They’re just really welcoming. They talk to you. Everybody waves. It’s almost like a movie.”

As they were moving – he was in Hartford and she was flying in from California – the May derecho hit, and the sense of new community hit home.

“Jared called me and said you wouldn’t believe what just happened – all the neighbors are outside checking on each other,” Katrina said. “That’s when it really hit that we’re in a small town and everybody is open arms and willing to help.”

Then came the job search. Jared, who has a background in manufacturing, construction and maintenance, easily found a job at Central States Manufacturing.

“It was extremely easy to find a job – I have four offers before I even got here,” he said. “It was crazy. But I like my job. It has really good benefits.”

For Katrina, the move prompted her to take on small business ownership. She previously worked for a large health insurance company but was looking for a more flexible schedule that allowed her to use her skills in electrolysis.

She opened Zap That Electrolysis last month in a storefront in downtown Hartford next to City Hall.

Zap That Electrolysis Hartford SD

“It’s permanent hair removal,” she explained. “You literally go follicle by follicle, which is tedious, but it’s the only permanent method. It’s FDA-approved and recommended by a lot of physicians who are going to be doing surgery or grafting of some area where they need hair removed.”

She’s been surprised to see few offering or familiar with the service in the Sioux Falls area, she said.

“Back home it was so busy with wait lists,” she said. “I’m finding out people don’t know what it is here or know the benefits, so I’m trying to bring in the education portion of it.”

To connect with her business, click here.

The lifestyle also has been a huge benefit for their three kids, ages 11, 3 and nine months.

Smith Family in Sioux Falls

“The main thing is the kids can go outside and play,” Jared said. “You don’t see that much in California.”

In fact, concerns over drug use even in elementary school had prompted Katrina to consider home schooling.

“It’s so available at their fingertips and it’s so scary but here it’s just so different,” she said. “Our daughter has made friends, she’s gone to her first sleepover and she’s adapting very well. And our three-year-old loves it. She loves to be outside and back home we really didn’t have much grass.”

For fun, the family has enjoyed discovering all that nearby Sioux Falls offers, including Falls Park and Wild Water West.

“We really like it here,” Katrina said. “Hartford is a very small town, but Sioux Falls has about the same number as our town back in California. I like all the open land in Hartford but how we have everything conveniently close.”

The Smith family’s experience is increasingly common, said Denise Guzzetta, vice president of talent and workforce development for the Sioux Falls Development Foundation.

“We see so many people from the coasts, especially California, who are discovering they love the lifestyle here,” she said. “I’m not surprised at all that this family found so many career options, a welcoming place for business ownership and the quality of life they want for their children. We’re so happy they’re part of our growing Sioux Falls region.”

Ready to learn more about carving your own path in Sioux Falls? Visit siouxfalls.com, or reach out to deniseg@siouxfalls.com.

Sioux Falls area businesses, across all industry sectors, continue to invest in growth

In the most recent CEO quarterly survey conducted by SiouxFalls.Business, existing industries in the Sioux Falls area reported a strong sentiment about business conditions and future prospects for growth. Over 75% of respondents reported overall conditions at their business as good or excellent and 93% reported the overall business climate in Sioux Falls as good or excellent. It’s no surprise then to see Sioux Falls area businesses continue to expand and make major investments into growing in our community. Here is a brief overview of the expansions underway by a handful of existing Sioux Falls area businesses:

Sanford leads the way with the top building permit in Sioux Falls so far in 2022 and after total buildout the expansion is estimated at $161 million. In June, the organization broke ground on the new 205,000 square-foot Sanford Orthopedic Hospital. This nine-story building will be built to the south of Sanford Children’s Hospital and will help in recruiting top health care talent to the region to serve the needs of our growing population.

CCL Label is a world leader in specialty packaging solutions for the consumer products and healthcare industries. The company initiated multiple expansion projects this year. The first was an $11.9 million greenfield project near Southeast Technical College and the second was a renovation of their existing facility to add additional product lines.

Graco manufactures premium equipment to move, measure, control, dispense and spray a wide variety of fluid and powder materials. The company started a more than $15 million expansion when they purchased the former Wells Fargo corporate building at 3401 N. 4th Ave. immediately south of their current location and began construction to connect the two facilities. The renovated Wells Fargo space will provide additional capacity for manufacturing and assembly production.

Scherer is a locally owned grain processing solutions company started in the 1990s. The company has steadily grown alongside the growth of the region and will be the newest tenant in Foundation Park having completed the purchase of 10 acres of land. Construction will begin in the near future on a 120,000 square-foot facility and plans to add 30 new jobs.

Outdoor Gear is a family owned and operated winter apparel manufacturer and distributor headquartered in Sioux Falls. With more than 20 years of success, the company recently expanded in Sioux Empire Development Park VIII purchasing nearly 6 acres of land from the Development Foundation and constructing a $3.6 million facility.

SDN operates more than 50,000 miles of fiber in eight states throughout the region. The company is expanding their data center located in the northwest corner of Sioux Falls at the Mark Shlanta Technology Park. The company is more than doubling the footprint of the hardened facility for data delivery services.

Existing businesses in the Sioux Falls area provide for 80% of our community’s job growth, and the Development Foundation will continue to support businesses in their journey to expand and grow.

Are you looking to connect to additional resources to support your growth? The Sioux Falls Development Foundation can assist you in the following areas:

  • Workforce development: The Development Foundation offers programs and initiatives to help you attract, retain and develop your workforce. Contact Denise Guzzetta, vice president of talent and workforce development, at 605-274-0475 or deniseg@siouxfalls.com.
  • Business growth and expansion: Whether your business is planning an expansion in the next five years or facing risk factors impacting growth, the Development Foundation can help by discussing existing building space, available land, potential local and state incentives and other resources. Contact Mike Gray, director of business expansion and retention, at 605-274-0471 or mikeg@siouxfalls.com.

Talent Thursday: Jennifer Hoesing

Talent Thursday is a weekly social media livestream event that spotlights talent and workforce in the Sioux Falls area by sharing the stories of young professionals in our community.

For Thursday, August 18, 2022, we caught up with Jenn Hoesing, who is Director of Development for DakotAbilities. She shares more about the mission and services offered by DakotAbilities, as well as her career journey and how she ended up in Sioux Falls.

Talent Thursday is held weekly on Thursdays at 3 p.m. CT on the Sioux Falls Development Foundation’s Facebook page. Follow here: https://www.facebook.com/developsf.

 

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Forward Sioux Falls is a unique, innovative program designed to grow and improve the Sioux Falls region. Created through a joint venture between the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce and the Sioux Falls Development Foundation, we work to outline strategic initiatives to grow jobs, businesses and quality of life.

Recent groundbreakings

One of our favorite parts about summer is hosting groundbreakings! We love helping organizations in our community embark on these special milestones in their success.

As we close out the summer months, we’re excited to share an update on some recent groundbreakings. If your organization is interested in hosting a groundbreaking, please reach out to Leah Blom at leahb@siouxfalls.com.

Veterans Community Project

Veterans Community Project (VCP) broke ground on a housing community consisting of 25 tiny houses and the VCP Village Center for Veterans experiencing homelessness.

L to R: Jason Bieber, Mayor Paul TenHaken, Steve Kolbeck, Truman Gage, Eric Gage – VCP of Sioux Falls Executive Director, Brian Meyer, Mike Lynch.

Voyage Federal Credit Union

Voyage Federal Credit Union broke ground on their new location, which will be a relocation of their North Branch that they’ve occupied since the late 1980s.

L to R: Alyssa Bainbridge, Mike Gardner, Chris Asche, Emily Westrup, Dennis Olsen, Jeff Eckhoff, Jeff Schmidt – Voyage President and CEO, Dave Patzlaff , Mindy Brouwer, Tom Rothenberger, Tiffany Mutchler, Kurt Loudenback, Gerry Heuer, Samantha Parsons, Scott Lawrence.

Spirit of Sioux Falls Scholarship Winners

The Spirit of Sioux Falls Scholarship was established by the Development Foundation and more than 100 businesses and individuals to honor three men who lost their lives in a plane crash April 19, 1993: David Birkeland, Angus Anson, and Roger Hainje. The Development Foundation representatives were on a trip promoting economic development when their plane crashed. Former Governor George Mickelson and four others also perished in the crash.

The Spirit of Sioux Falls Scholarship benefits college and vocational or technical school students who are pursuing a degree in business. A panel of business leaders from the Sioux Falls area selects the winners.

We are excited to share that two students have been selected for the 2022 Spirit of Sioux Falls Scholarship!

Austin Metzger is a senior at the University of South Dakota – Sioux Falls studying finance. He is from Rock Rapids, Iowa.

Caleb Schneider is a senior at Dakota State University studying business technology and minoring in project management. He is from Crooks, South Dakota.

Among other requirements, students must:

  • Be pursuing a degree in business
  • Demonstrate understanding of the role of business in American society
  • Demonstrate motivation and ability to succeed in their chosen field of study
  • Demonstrate academic excellence and community involvement

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Couple from Detroit settles into Sioux Falls as son also chooses city for college

A job search and a college search collided in one place this year for a Detroit family: Sioux Falls.

Dr. Bart Miles and his wife, Jennifer Knightstep, have lived all over the country. She was born in California and spent much of her life in Michigan; he has been in the Detroit area since 2003.

The closest he came to South Dakota was as a student at Dordt Univeristy in Sioux Center, Iowa, in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

“I had friends in Sioux Falls, and at the time I was at Dordt, I’d come over once in awhile to go to a movie. Sioux Falls was significantly smaller, and I hadn’t been back since,” said Miles, whose family still lives in the Omaha area, where he grew up.

When he saw Augustana University was launching its social work program, he applied and interviewed to become an associate professor.

Dr. Bart Miles

“So for the first time in 30 years, I came back to Sioux Falls and saw it and really had a great experience,” he said.

When he returned to Michigan, he said: “Oh my gosh, Sioux Falls is so cool. You’re going to love it there,” Knightstep said. “We had traveled through Sioux Falls, but I hadn’t been to stay and visit. I really love South Dakota though, the Badlands, and whole state is just beautiful to me.”

The social work program is part of Augustana’s broader Viking Bold 2030 strategic plan. The Harriet Emily Scott Social Work Program at Augustana will include Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work degrees.

Miles is helping develop the curriculum, with a plan to go through accreditation and fully launch the bachelor’s program in 2024, followed by the master’s program in 2027.

“The U.S. Labor Department says social work is one of the fastest-growing occupations and is projected to stay that way for another at least 10 years,” he said. “As Sioux Falls expands, there will be higher and higher demand.”

And while this Augustana program proved the right fit for Miles, the school also rose to the top of his son, Nic’s, college search.

Miles Family

“He knew he wanted a smaller school, maybe a private institution that was more personalized,” Knightstep said. “When he applied to Augustana, he didn’t tell them he was related to a faculty member. He wanted to see what happened on his own, and he did it. He loved it. He went on his first campus tour and said it was exactly what he was looking for in a university.”

Nic will be a freshman this fall studying biochemistry and botany.

And he won’t have far to go for a trip home. The family decided to begin life in Sioux Falls by renting a house not far from campus.

“We looked downtown, we could be downtown urban-living folks, but our dog decided she wanted a yard, so we found a nice little house near the university,” Knightstep said. “Everyone we’ve met has been so nice. The day we unloaded the U-Haul the neighbor across the street came over with a dolly and offered to help us move.”

She also has found a warm reception for her own business: Jen Knightstep Photographer.

She specializes in newborn photography and already has found clients through word of mouth in Sioux Falls.

newborn photography

“I had my first session here a week after we moved,” she said. “I had posted in a Facebook group that I was new in town and offering to photograph babies, and someone reached out and ended up being an ideal first client.”

She runs her business through jenknightstep.com.

“It’s a niche area of photography,” she said. “You can’t just pick up a camera and start shooting newborns. You need safety training, to know how to pose them and to know how to get them to sleep.”

newborn photography

The photographer in her also appreciates the landscape of Sioux Falls.

“We were just at Falls Park, and it was amazing. We don’t have anything like that in Detroit. Right here in downtown, 2 miles from my house, there’s a literal waterfall. It’s gorgeous. I can’t wait to start shooting here.”

Dr. Bart Miles and his wife, Jennifer Knightstep

In their free time, the family loves spending time outdoors.

Knightstep likes to go for morning jogs and recently joined a local running group. They’re both training for the Detroit marathon this fall.

“And I love biking and think I’m really going to enjoy that here,” Miles said. “I’m contemplating getting a road bike because there’s so much space for road biking.”

Dr. Bart Miles and his wife, Jennifer Knightstep

Their son loves it too, Knightstep added.

“He loves wandering around downtown and loves Falls Park, and I can imagine families with small children would love everything there is to do too,” she said. “You’re usually no longer than 10 or 15 minutes from anything in town. In Detroit, it could take an hour. Everything is close together, and yet there’s still good diversity whether it’s a Mexican mercado or great barbecue.”

The family is a wonderful example of how people from many stages of life find a fit in Sioux Falls, said Denise Guzzetta, vice president of talent and workforce development for the Sioux Falls Development Foundation.

“We could not be happier that this family has connected to our community in so many ways,” she said. “But that’s exactly what Sioux Falls offers – opportunities to grow something from the ground up, like this incredibly valuable social work program, build your own business, including as a solo-preneur and find an amazing place to go to college.”

Ready to learn more about carving your own path in Sioux Falls? Visit siouxfalls.com, or reach out to deniseg@siouxfalls.com.

Ever wonder where area workers are coming from? Check out the census data!

Job-to-Job Flows from Metro Areas to Sioux Falls, SD (Q2 2021)

We know South Dakota is one of the best places to live, but other people are coming to see what all of the buzz is about!

In new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, Job to Job flows shows the number of employment hires in the Sioux Falls metro area — focusing on worker reallocation. This data represents Q2 2021.

Below are the top metro and non-metro areas, outside of South Dakota, where new employees came from.

Metro area Number of employment hires
Non-metro MN 204
Non-metro IA 167
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 137
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 136
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 50
Ohoenix-Mesa-Chandler, AZ 47
Non-metro NE 44
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 42
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 39
Fargo, ND-MN 35
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 28
Non-metro, ND 24
Lincoln, NE 23
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 21
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 20
Non-metro WY 20