Economic development in 2020 challenged us to think and act differently. Innovative programming and technology turned lessons and challenges into advantages. Achievements in the business attraction and talent management programming established new records for our team in Sioux Falls, although no one may predict the future entirely.
Attracting Talent for the Short and Long-Term Drives Workforce Programming.
South Dakota State University was about to play its first-round basketball game in this year’s Summit League Championships, and the energy was everywhere.
It carried over from the Denny Sanford Premier Center to Crooked Pint Ale House across the street, where a packed reception drew dozens of students, alumni, and area professionals.
Organized by the Sioux Falls Development Foundation, it was meant to “really draw the kids into the area, give them a really fun experience, connect them with our employers, connect them with our great city, make sure they know about all the wonderful career opportunities here,” said Denise Guzzetta, the foundation’s vice president of talent and workforce development.
“We’ve made it fun and engaging.”
SDSU president Barry Dunn praised the approach.
“I think it’s incredibly creative. I think we’ve all be frustrated with how do we tell our story better,” he said. “I’m just all for it.”
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.
Talent Talks for June - Creative and Innovative Approaches for Workforce Development.
“Talent is the new currency of economic development,” according to Darin M. Buelow of Deloitte Consulting LLP.
It is what enables our organizations to expand their footprint, and to service more customers. In doing so, economic growth strategies must merge industry and talent centric policies together in creative and innovated ways, to effectively engage, encourage and equip talent for short and long-term industry gains.
WIN in Workforce Group is values-based community effort whose mission is to champion career transformation within the workforce. Our goal is to exchange best practices within our cradle to career initiatives for the betterment of all.