Some small towns are hoping a jobs tour will help job seekers find them.
Advantage South Dakota will bring workforce recruiters to several eastern South Dakota communities so they can learn what kind of jobs are available in the region.
With small towns on the list of stops for the Advantage South Dakota jobs tour, employers in them are hoping to be noticed. Recruiting workers in rural areas can be tough.
"They don't start looking for the Redfield Press to start looking for a job. They start looking in larger communities so any way we can get that exposure out there is really good," Nick Brandner said.
Brandner is CEO of Community Memorial Hospital in Redfield. He's often looking to fill positions but says he needs to compete with several other communities who are also looking for health care workers. That's why he's happy to see a tour that could expose available jobs in his facility.
The hospital is just one place in Spink County that could benefit.
"These are great places to live and there are lots of opportunities here for people who may not know anything about us," Margot Gillette said.
Gillette is helping coordinate the tour's stop in Redfield. She says there are a variety of jobs the community can showcase ranging from health care to agriculture.
She knows several small communities that are part of the ten-city tour will have opportunities to present as well. She joins Brandner and is optimistic those on the tour will like what they see.
"I think anything we can do in rural South Dakota to bring some recognition to what we have, the types of jobs and just general recognition that we have opportunities out here," Brandner said.
The tour starts Tuesday. It'll stop in communities throughout the James River Valley, which combine to offer about 3,000 available jobs.
It’ll visit Madison, Milbank, Webster and Aberdeen Tuesday. The tour will move on to Redfield, Huron, Mitchell, Parkston, Freeman and Yankton the following day.