Workforce development still is one of the dominate issues in economic development in South Dakota. There are “Hundreds of Jobs” in Mitchell, SD is a message proclaimed on a billboard along Interstate 90. Mitchell, SD and other places, have more jobs than they have qualified people to fill them.
In a recent article, The Changing Face of the Heartland: Preparing America’s Diverse Workforce for Tomorrow, Jennifer Bradley speaks to realities facing states like South Dakota. Her work is about the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, but she provides food for thought in other areas.
As the Baby Boomers continue to reach retirement age, workers will be needed to fill those jobs. Non-White workers will play a crucial role in filling those jobs. Communities, school, and economic developers must consider and prepare for the diversity of residents that may call the community their new home.
Andrew Frey’s book, Diversity Explosion is another resource for the impending change coming to the Great Plains.
If you think your community would like to discuss the changes ahead, please contact the SDSU Extension Community Development Team. The SDSU Extension Community Development team is ready to help you make your community into a better South Dakota Great Place.