Noem & TenHaken have been promoting high tech jobs, but didn’t bother telling us.

I will first say that I applaud their efforts;

Earlier this fall, Noem invited TenHaken to a tech conference in San Diego, where the two had time in a room full of executives to tout the business benefits of opening a South Dakota office. The state’s largest city would play a pivotal role, with services and resources available to growing companies, she said.

“We have such a good business environment, a lot of times for us it’s just telling our story,” Noem said.

In government, you should always fill in the ‘people’ when it comes to your goals and objectives. You should do it early and with complete transparency. So what was the big secret here? I don’t know.

Was it because they had to sneak in 5G under the radar because they know how controversial it is? Is it because they are promising tax incentives and low wages? Sorry, but I tend to get suspicious when the government says on one hand it wants to help us and on the other hand doesn’t share it’s plans until the wheels are in motion.

Buy in ultimately comes from the citizens and Noem and TenHaken have a lot to learn about that.


#1 D@ily Spin on 11.22.19 at 9:19 pm

We’re call center and pork processing. High tech, not gonna happen. Instead, how about focusing on a living wage and get people off welfare? Sioux Falls is an Interstate crossroads. It’s been a transportation hub that will subside now that there’s a limited access thorofare from Worthington MN to Sioux City. Banking and Ag will keep our economy running but either has entered into a tranquil phase. Build it and they will come, not true. Grow because you pay well is more like it.

#2 Erica on 11.23.19 at 11:25 am

We should be focused on taking care of the problems in this city for those of us that are already here rather than encouraging more people to move here. The city needs to slow down on growth for a bit.

Our schools are overcrowded as it is and as soon as they get the two new schools approved for building they talk about wanting to try to annex in part of Lennox? *shake my head*

Our roads are in disarray in many places, cant afford to provide the necessary amount of police force our city needs, apparently we struggle with “affordable housing here, crime is on the rise, etc.

Bringing in more people to increase tax revenue will not solve the issue. We will just have more people and more problems because the city doesnt have a budget problem, they have a spending problem.

#3 rufusx on 11.24.19 at 10:11 am

@Daily – there is “stuff” happening under ground in the Eastern corridor of the state that is EXTREMELY high tech that no one mentions because it is – more or less – “secret” (Internet 3). I’m talking data transmission sort of stuff. There is also some EXTREMELY high tech stuff happening under ground in the West end (old gold mine stuff). Why almost no one in SD knows about this? It’s all SCIENCE related. And of course, almost no one in SD has an inkling, or a desire to have an inkling as to scientific stuff in general – let alone cutting edge scientific stuff in this state. BTW – the “controversial” nature of 5G is the same sort of controversial nature that is associated with the “hidden dangers” of wind turbines BS. Both of these “controversies” are rooted in SD’s bent toward science ignorance.

#4 rufusx on 11.24.19 at 10:16 am

@Erica – “annex in part of Lennox”?? That is not how boundary changes in school districts work. And I know for a fact that the Lennox school board WANTS to be rid of the land in the Northern end of its district – because they are the same sort of anti-growth provincialists you are. They don’t want to have to build and staff a school there to accommodate the growth that IS going to happen.

Maybe you should move to Lennox where there are like-minded people to you. Oh wait, THAT’s the problem – isn’t it? New people moving in, I mean.

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