Workforce Summits

Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the SD WINS Cabinet hosted regional Workforce Summits to discuss what state, community, business and education leaders can do next to advance South Dakota’s workforce initiatives.

The Summits were open to the public and provided a forum to discuss current programs, learn about demographics and workforce trends and determine what strategies to move forward. The day’s event included panel discussion and breakout groups. Over 1,000 people provided input about workforce needs.

Governor Presents Final Report

On September 2 and 3, 2014, Governor Daugaard visited each community that featured a workforce summit during the summer to speak about the data collected at each summit and what the state can do in the future, sharing the final report
View, print or download the final report (in Adobe PDF format).
View Gov. Daugaard’s final report presentation slides.
Public meetings are scheduled for:
Tuesday, Sept. 2
  • 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. (MDT) at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn in Rapid City
  • 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. (CDT) at the Dakota Event Center, Dakota Ballroom, in Aberdeen
  • 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. (CDT) at Lake Area Technical Institute, Student Services Center, Level 4, in Watertown
Wednesday, Sept. 3
  • 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. (CDT) at the Brookings Days Inn Convention Center, Rooms C-D
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (CDT) at Mitchell Technical Institute, Technical Center Amphitheater
  • 3 – 4 p.m. (CDT) at the Sioux Falls Convention Center, Ballroom B
Please share this invitation with all those who may be interested in committing to these ongoing efforts. 
Learn more about what took place at the Summits, see videos and reports of the outcomes: 

Resources (in Adobe .pdf format unless otherwise noted)

Growth and Change in South Dakota Labor Markets, an Assessment of the State’s Labor Market Imbalance in a Weak National Recovery. Prepared by Neeta P. Fogg and Paul E. Harrington, Drexel University Center for Labor Market Policy, February 2014.

Workforce Programs for Employers brochure

Workforce Summit Invite