PIERRE, S.D. (KELO) — Tourism industry leaders heard Monday from the four advertising firms that will be working together to market South Dakota nationwide and around the world.

“We cannot wait for July first to get here,” state Tourism Secretary Jim Hagen said.

“We believe in making moments that shift a brand’s trajectory,” said Lauren Corna with Denver-based Karsh-Hagan.

“You guys have such a great foundation,” said Ivie Parker of the Lou Hammond Group’s Denver office.

The two other new agencies are twoXfour from Chicago and Love Communications from Salt Lake City.

“We’re independent. We’re a small shop,” said Jeremy Chase. He’s Love’s vice president for business development.

Lawrence & Schiller of Sioux Falls is wrapping up a five-year deal, as are MMGY Global and Miles Partnership, as the board takes a broader approach.

The new contracts haven’t been publicly posted yet. The department’s current request for proposals can be found at open.sd.gov through the “RFP/Bid Search” link under the Contracts heading.

“We witnessed some amazing creativity,” state Tourism Board president Carmen Schramm of Yankton said about the selection process.