Job Opportunities Showcase to include Milbank in Tour

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Milbank is one of fewer than a dozen communities that will be a stopping point during a two-day bus tour to promote job opportunities in the Eastern Region of South Dakota. The tour, sponsored jointly by Advantage South Dakota and Northwestern Energy, will be Tuesday and Wednesday, October 1 and 2.

The Grant County Economic Development Corporation (GCED) is a member of Advantage South Dakota. Bobbie Bohlen, executive director of the GCED, said, "This is a great way to showcase our area."

The job opportunities showcase will begin early October 1, with a bus load of economic development directors from the region, representatives from Northwestern and numerous employment recruiters. The bus will leave Sioux Falls, stopping first at Madison and then continuing to Milbank.

"Milbank is the only community under 5,000 where they will actually stop," Bohlen explained. "They will just do a driving tour through the smaller communities." Bohlen will join the tour in Milbank.

While in Milbank, the bus will do a drive-by tour the industrial park, ball fields, high school/sports stadium, new hospital site, State Auto building, new Runnings location, Otter Tail Power Plant, Milbank Visitor Center, Unity Square, Legion Field, Main Street, Farley Park, Valley Queen Cheese and United Hardware.

The group of recruiters and guests will spend about an hour at the former Hardware Hank building on Main Street.  Local business owners are encouraged to attend this event, beginning at 1 p.m. Business and commercial leaders will be able to  meet the companies' recruiters and their key staff.

There will also be representatives from Northwestern Energy, the Governor's Office of Economic Development and Development staff from the communities involved, according to Bohlen.

"The purpose of this tour is to bring focus to the James River Valley Region and let the recruiters know that we have great jobs here,"

Bohlen said. "We also want to give the local business owners a chance to meet with the recruiters from Sioux Falls."

Other communities included in the tour are DeSmet, Webster, Aberdeen Redfield, Huron, Michell, Chamberlain, Freeman and Yankton. It is estimated that there are more than 3,000 jobs available in the region.

"This two-day tour to the major communities is designed to familiarize employment organizations with the workforce opportunities in the region and showcase the communities on the tour," Bohlen concluded.

For more information, contact Bohlen at the GCED office located in the Milbank Visitor Center.

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