De Smet Named 2013 Community of the Year!

Monday, December 12, 2016

What does it take to be awarded South Dakota Community of the Year at the annual Governor's Economic Development Conference? According to Dakotafire, a publication dedicated to rural revival in South Dakota, two communities (one large, one small,) receive the award each year for demonstrating leadership in economic development.

2013 was a very good year for the De Smet community. There were new businesses that moved in, existing businesses were expanding and new jobs were being created. So good was the year in De Smet that Governor Dennis Daugaard took notice, saying, “What De Smet has accomplished is the equivalent of creating 7,000 jobs in Sioux Falls.” That’s what it takes to be awarded SD Community of the Year!

Economic development isn’t a new idea in De Smet. The community was also named Community of the year in 2002. About their progress, Economic Development Director Rita Anderson says, “De Smet is a progressive town. We see this year as just one year in a continuum of progress. We do not rest on our laurels, but move on in pursuit of providing the very best life in a small town atmosphere.”

The community of De Smet is forward thinking and committed to growth. It’s a great place to do business and a wonderful place to live and raise a family as well! To learn more about business and employment opportunities in De Smet, give Rita a call at 605-854-9011 or send her an email at: You can also learn about economic development in De Smet by clicking on this link.

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