User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


76° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Business

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Watertown Hosts Workforce Summit

May 21, 2014, 5:00 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

Watertown Hosts Workforce Summit
WATERTOWN, SD -

The governor and other state leaders have four more stops in a workforce needs tour.

They held the first of six workforce summits in Mitchell last month. They met with regional officials and employers in Watertown Wednesday.

Business leaders brainstorm at the summits to come up with ways to get more workers in their parts of the state.

"Bring some perspective on how to benchmark what some other companies are doing, what they found to be successful," Alan Stager said.

Alan Stager is finance director of Terex in Watertown. He says the company wants to expand but struggles to find qualified employees.

“The skill level required in our advanced manufacturing techniques continues to rise,” Stager said.

He says Terex is willing to invest in training and recruiting. That's also a task others face.

Governor Dennis Daugaard says the number of job seekers in South Dakota is similar to the number of open positions. But many of those people aren't trained for the types of available jobs.

"Even if we address that skills gap, the numbers are so close that it's not enough to allow for growth," Daugaard said.

That's why state leaders are holding workforce summits in communities across South Dakota. The state has some programs in place already to address the issue.

It's tried recruiting people who've lived in South Dakota or have ties to the area through a program called Dakota Roots. That program produced more results than expected. But another attempt to attract new South Dakotans produced less than expected.

According to numbers from the state, those recruitment programs have attracted more than 4,000 workers to South Dakota since 2006. Most of those recruits have been from the Dakota Roots program.

Attending the summits are state leaders representing labor, rural health, and education departments, both K-12 and post-secondary. Local officials join in, hoping for results.

"Generally we're seeing workforce demand that is really spread out across all sectors of our economy," Craig Atkins, President of Watertown Development Company said.

State leaders will hold a summit in Brookings Thursday. They'll stop in Rapid City, Aberdeen and Sioux Falls in June.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View business

You may also like

First DTSF Incubator Store Open For Business

7/23/2014 6:30 AM

605 Running Co., 124 S. Phillips Avenue, just opened its doors on Friday. It's a big grand opening for the store, but also for Downtown ...

Full Story | Watch
Fruit From Walmart And Costco May Be Contaminated

7/22/2014 11:23 AM

A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concern...

Full Story
Sioux Falls No Longer Best Small City

7/25/2014 11:12 AM

Sioux Falls is no longer the nation's best small city for business and careers.

Full Story
Third Walmart Preparing To Open In Sioux Falls

7/22/2014 6:10 PM

Sioux Falls latest Walmart store is preparing to open in just a few weeks.

Full Story
Deciding When To Collect Social Security

7/22/2014 10:10 PM

78 million Baby Boomers are retiring or preparing to retire.  The question they all face is when to draw their Social Security benefits. 

Full Story | Watch


Events