Energy is a key industry in South Dakota, and the State's proximity to the Bakken oil boom creates a unique opportunity for businesses in South Dakota to service the need of the oil patch.
Last week, the Governor's Office of Economic Develop as well as representatives from around KOTA Territory had the opportunity to attend the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Saskatchewan, Canada.
Their goal was to develop relationships with potential clients and promote business in South Dakota.
The Conference and trade show attracts 300 exhibitors and more than 1500 attendees from all over the United States.
Delegates who attended the conference say their efforts to promote business in South Dakota were successful and it should bring more jobs to the area.
Jeff Carsrud, a local business owner and one of the representatives that attended the conference says, "If we can grow jobs here and we can grow good paying jobs. The old adage when the tide rise's all boats rise. That's really our approach to that."
Jim Doolittle, Interim Head of the Belle Fourche Development Corporation says, "From a personal standpoint, we made a lot of potential people who may decide at some point in time to locate here in South Dakota from other states and so we are going to follow up on those people through the Governor's office as well as locally, so that they keep remembering us and hopefully they might try to do business in the state."
This was the first year the South Dakota's Governor's Office of Economic Development attended the conference.