Why Relocate Here?

3rd Most Productive Workforce (GDP per state)

9th Lowest State Nationally in Workers Comp

3rd Lowest Station Nationally in Unemployment Insurance

82.5% High School Graduation Rate (Census Bureau)

Ranked 2nd in "Trust In Neighbor" (Gallup Poll)

Ranked 3rd in "Best State for Retirement" (MoneyRates.com)

Ranked 5th in "Happiness Index" (Mainstreet.com)

Lowest Crime Rate Nationally (U.S. Dept. of Justice)

#1 State Business Tax Climate (Tax Foundation)

#1 Environment for Entrepreneuers (Small Business & Entrepreneuership Council)

#1 U.S. Economic Freedom Index (Pacific Research Institute/Forbes)

#8 Corporate Business Environment (Polina Corporate Real Estate)

Financing/Incentives through the Governor's Office of Economic Development

Border to Border Interstate Highways

Accessibility to Leaders to get the job done

Excellent Technology infrastructure

Existing Energy infrastructure

No Corporate Income Tax, Personal Income Tax, Business Inventory Tax
No Personal Property Tax

Pro-Business environment

Steady Supply of Workers eager to make a living

Strong Work Ethic and highly productive workforce

Workforce Training readily available

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Grow Your Business Here!

Advantage South Dakota is a group composed of business members from the James River Valley. The group's goal is to enhance the economic vitality of the region through collaboration and promotion of the positive outcomes that can be realized by relocating and/or expanding in this area.


The people and businesses of the James River Valley invite you to visit the area and learn more. Contact Paul Mantz at 605-359-1371 or Paul.Mantz@northwestern.com for additional information.

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