Career Spotlight: Shanna Hennies, Early inspiration leads to varied career path.

Shanna Hennies’ first foray into health care came at age 5, when her grandfather had a stroke. Her mother was a nurse in her hometown of Philip, S.D., so Hennies saw the need for care firsthand.


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Career Spotlight: Tiffany Solum, East coast move leads to love of S.D. living.

Tiffany Solum made a big move at age 20 – from Pennsylvania, after graduating from nursing school at Penn State University and working as an emergency room trauma nurse at an urban hospital.


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Former nurses find mid-career fit at growing healthcare tech company

Their career paths took them into nursing but led them to new opportunities at a growing Sioux Falls health care tech company.


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Talent Talks - The Sioux Falls Advantage

The Sioux Falls Advantage

This month’s Talent Talks delves deeper into the “why” behind the tagline The Sioux Falls Advantage and how our community’s ability to navigate and respond to change is supported by a strong foundation.

At the Sioux Falls Development Foundation (SFDF), we recognize our community’s resilient nature is a key advantage, especially during this uncertain time. It equips us to address our economic and workforce challenges. And it is one of our goals to help communicate that position of strength through the lens of attracting and retaining a workforce that meets our community’s needs.


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Virtual approach to workforce development connects talent with employers

It is not as easy to walk in for a job interview, start an internship or shadowing – but in some ways, the latest way Sioux Falls is connecting students with employers is just as personal.

The Sioux Falls Development Foundation has stepped up big in the last couple months, hosting and coordinating a series of virtual talent talks that are bringing college students together with employers who will have jobs for them.


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Talent Talks: Connecting Talent & Businesses Virtually

This month’s edition officially kicks off a new style of sharing more personalized perspectives for leaders within our community. Starting with Mark Cotter, Director of Public Works Administration for the City of Sioux Falls, and then Michelle Klobassa, Senior Architect for TSP, Inc., to Alex Deeter, a recent graduate of Southeast Tech and a newly hired civil technician for DGR Engineering, we dive deeper into how their interests have contributed to many community projects, such as the restoration of The State Theater on Phillips Avenue. 

We are also introducing new ways for us to support your employment efforts. Over the last few weeks, the talent engagement processes for businesses has shifted from in-person to virtual meetings via webinars and other technology tools. In the process, our businesses and our educational institutions have efficiently demonstrated the ability to adapt, to be nimble and to be continually supportive of our community.

In doing so, the Sioux Falls Development Foundation has also pivoted to enhance its talent programming initiatives to solidify the connectivity between talent and employers, to employ technology to engage our future workforce, and to continually share the most current and relevant best practices for workforce with all of our community partners. 


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