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SD officials ready to battle workforce issue

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Article by The Daily Republic

Bryan Hisel sees opportunities in South Dakota's workforce shortage.

"Sometimes, what appears to be a problem is really caused by something good," Hisel said in an interview Thursday with The Daily Republic.

Hisel, executive director of the Mitchell Area Development Corporation and the Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce, spoke Thursday to the Mitchell Rotary Club and gave an overview of a series of six workforce summits, the first of which will be held April 29 at Mitchell Technical Institute. The event is open to the public and free to attend, but attendees must pre-register at southdakotawins.com/workforcesummits.

The summits are part of Gov. Dennis Daugaard's workforce initiative, aimed at developing South Dakota's workforce to better suit the needs of businesses in the state, which have been hindered in recent years by a shortage of skilled workers.

The shortage, Hisel said, is the result of economic development and business growth in the state, which has many businesses unable to find qualified candidates to fill their available jobs.

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