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Leading Locations for 2014: U.S. Metros Ranked for Economic and Job Growth

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor,  (Q2 2014)
Area Development analyzes economic and workforce data for 379 MSAs, producing a snapshot of the cities across America that are poised to capitalize on the new potential for economic growth as the United States leaves the recession behind. A diversified economic base tops the most desirable traits. More

South Dakota Direct Financial Incentives 2014

Area Development Online Research Desk (Q1 2014)
South Dakota's economic development, finance and tax organizations provide a range of incentive programs to initiate new business and commercial investment. More

Major New Developments for Keystone Pipeline

James T. Berger (Q1 2014)
Even without approval of the controversial Keystone XL phase, Canadian crude oil is now flowing through the pipeline from Canada to the Gulf for the first time. More

Regional Report: Energy Sector Bringing Jobs and Wealth to Plains States

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Directory 2014)
Winners of numerous accolades, the Plains States are garnering investment across diverse industry sectors and growing their economies. More

Leading Locations for 2013: The Plains States MSAs

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (August 2013)
The Plains States of Kansas, Nebraska, and North and South Dakota point to their business-friendly environment while touting their economic success. The Fargo, ND/Moorhead, MN, MSA ranks first among the region’s Leading Locations — and is also second among all mid-size cities. More

Leading Locations for 2013: The Mountain Region MSAs

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (July 2013)
A mixture of modern and emerging sectors — including aerospace, biotech, information technology, and financial services — has driven the economies of the Mountain States’ (Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming). More

Regional Review: The Plains States Enjoying Renewed Economic Health

Dan Calabrese (Location USA / April 2013)
Boasting low tax rates and aggressive recruitment programs, the Plains States point to major expansion projects as evidence of their economic health over the past year. These expansions, and the economic benefits that accompanied them, included significant foreign investment. More

Federal and State Legislative Moves to Boost Competitiveness & Business Climate

Jason Hickey, President, Hickey & Associates, LLC (Q1 / Winter 2013)
Understanding the competitive economic climate across the United States, Congress and state legislatures continue to propose new legislation to compete in today’s economic environment. More

SOUTH DAKOTA at a glance

POPULATION: 824,082 (2011)

LABOR FORCE: 446,255 (2011)

RIGHT TO WORK: Yes

TRADITIONAL INDUSTRIES:Agriculture, manufacturing

EXPANDING INDUSTRIES: Advanced manufacturing; bioscience; financial services; professional business services; renewable energy; value-added ag; shooting, hunting, and outdoors

COLLEGE GRADUATES: (Age 25 and over) 26.3%

BASIC BUSINESS TAXES:
Corporate Income Tax: None Bank and Financial Corporation Excise Tax: Varies from 0.25 to 6 percent depending on net income

Retail Occupational Sales and Use Tax: 4 percent on retail sales of tangible personal property and certain services; cities may option a local sales tax of up to 2 percent on the gross receipts of all sales

Contractors' Excise Tax: 2 percent tax imposed on the gross receipts of contractors who are engaged in construction services or realty improvements in South Dakota

Property Tax: Local real property taxes vary from 1 percent to 4 percent of the taxable value of the structure; no personal property tax and no business inventory tax

BUSINESS INCENTIVES:
REDI Fund (low-interest loans, typically 2 percent)

S.D. Economic Development Finance Authority (pooled bond program)

Industrial revenue bonds

Work force development training grants Statewide CDC (SBA 504 Loan Program)

MicroLOAN South Dakota/MicroLOAN Express (low-interest loans for small companies)

APEX (value-added ag loan program)

South Dakota WORKS (working capital loans)

Contractor's Excise Tax Rate Reduction — New and expanded renewable electricity generation facilities (generate electricity from sun, wind, geother mal, or biomass) that produce more than 10 megawatts of electricity are eligible for a reduced contractor's excise tax rate of 1 percent instead of 2 percent. Payment of the excise tax may be delayed into four equal annual payments.

Principal Manufacturing industries

  • Food
    20.3%
  • Machinery
    15.8%
  • Fabricated Metal Products
    9.5%
  • Transportation Equipment
    6.3%
  • Computer & Electronic Products
    5.8%
  • Furniture & Related Products
    5.1%
  • Wood Products
    5.0%
  • Other Manufacturing Industries
    32.2%