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Developing the Workforce to Keep Up With New Jobs

February 28, 2014, 6:11 PM by Brady Mallory

Developing the Workforce to Keep Up With New Jobs

Developing the workforce can be a full time job. 

"It's a big competition out there for talent," Jarrod Heinz, DocuTAP CFO, said.

It may become even more challenging.  For 17 years, Bender Commercial has presented its Sioux Falls Market Outlook to the city's business people.  This year the commercial brokers are expecting lots of new retail and even new office space to crop up around town.  The local vibrant economy will mean even more jobs. 

"Job growth last year was 3,100 new jobs.  I'm predicting about 2,800 to 3,000 this year, which is another two percent growth in our employment.  That's an envy on any community in the upper-Midwest," Michael Bender, Bender Company, said.

Growth may mean growing pains if employers struggle to actually fill that many jobs.  DocuTAP, a company that makes an application for iPads for electronic medical records and billing, has already added 120 jobs in the last two years.  Come June, the technology company will move to the empty Western Surety building on Phillips Avenue, and will add 150 jobs during the next three years.  As it braces for more growth, Heinz said you have to stand out.

"Just by our culture.  Our company culture.  We wear jeans, we like to have fun.  We work hard, but we're a technology company, so there's not too many of those in the area," Heinz said.

A booming job market is not a bad thing, however.

"That's what we want.  To have new jobs coming into our community is great for everybody," Doug Erickson, Key Staffing Vice President, said.

Key Staffing helps connect job seekers to employers.  Erickson there is no big secret to keeping the number of employees in line with the number of jobs, but he would like to see South Dakota boost its competitive edge to encourage more workers to move here.

"Bring these higher paying positions into Sioux Falls or into South Dakota and then it'll have the ripple effect with the spouses or significant others coming into town also, and then we fill the rest of the positions," Erickson said.

As for DocuTAP, Heinz said keeping up with growth and filling up positions are not big concerns.  The key is to find new employees without losing what makes the company unique.

"The challenging part is maintaining that culture.  I feel like, at this point, we're really emphasizing that point and I don't see that changing," Heinz said.

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