Talent Tours Articles


Talent and workforce team kicks off talent programming initiative to assist Sioux Falls businesses

The Sioux Falls Development Foundation has started to play a little matchmaker – pairing students and their colleges with businesses interested in giving them a look inside the workplace.

The talent tours are facilitated the Development Foundation to introduce students to opportunities in growing industries such as finance, health care and advanced manufacturing.


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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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Talent Tour at Avera sparks interests in health care

Myrna Niamba has been intrigued by a career in health care ever since she arrived in the United States in November 2014. An immigrant from the Ivory Coast, Niamba, 22, recently completed her post-secondary studies at in biology at the University of South Dakota (USD) in Vermillion, yet she’s unsure of what type of health-related career she’d like to pursue.

“As you grow older, your parents have a strong influence on what you want to do, and by the time you get your bachelor’s degree, you’re not sure what they wanted you to do is what you actually want to do,” says Niamba. “So you graduate, and you are confused and scared, and you don’t know what you can do at that very specific moment.”


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Workforce development in 2020: Attracting, retaining and developing talent through collaboration

Career, community and cause.

That’s what research shows drives decision-making for talented workers today, and those three concepts help form the cornerstone for how the Sioux Falls Development Foundation plans to build on its approach to meeting current and future industry workforce needs.

“Talent today wants to feel a career path exists for them to develop professionally and contribute to a company with purpose, and beyond that, they want to feel they can connect to a community and support causes they’re passionate about,” said Denise Guzzetta, vice president of talent and workforce development for the Sioux Falls Development Foundation. “Our efforts this year will put an enhanced focus on showing those career journeys from childhood through retirement and on highlighting our incredible community and the individuals who give of themselves to make it the kind of place where others will want to build their future.”

The Sioux Falls Development Foundation, backed by Forward Sioux Falls and its investors, leads the workforce development effort for the Sioux Falls community and is coming off a strong year.


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