• Workforce Initiatives

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    Initiating collaborative workforce development efforts between private business, regional educational institutions, local and state non-profit and governmental entities in order to increase workforce skills and the future availability of workforce in the Mitchell region.

    Assisting business and industry in the recruitment of new employees from outside the region.

    Working to increase the available workforce of qualified applicants for employment in regional business. 

     

     

  • Collaborating with Educational Institutions

  • CTE Camp 2020
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    In 2018, Mitchell Middle School installed and implemented a CTE/STEM curriculum. This learning environment by Creative Learning Systems offers hand-on activities in areas such as alternative energy, circuitry, computer graphics, digital communications, mechanics and structures, robotics and control technology, scientific data and analysis, and software engineering.

     

     

  • Business Community

    Mitchell is one of the top entrepreneurial communities, paving the way for new companies in communications, software and manufacturing industries. The Mitchell community iso dedicated to attracting and retaining small businesses as well as major industries from around the world.

     

    Mitchell is also part of the international marketplace, with manufacturing companies like Toshiba and German manufacturer AKG. Strong, locally grown businesses, including over 400 jobs in the communications consulting industry, provide quality employment opportunities.

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  • Affordable Housing

  • Ridge View on Foster Housing Development Project

     

    Avera Queen of Peace donated 21.7 acres of land to the Mitchell Area Development Corporation for the purpose of developing housing for middle-income earners.

    “At Avera, we see this as an opportunity to work in partnership with the city and MADC to support local employers and employees,” said Tom Clark, regional president and CEO of Avera Queen of Peace. “This initiative is viable because of the willingness of our three entities to work collaboratively.

    “This also allows us to live out the Avera mission of making a positive impact in the life of our community,” said Clark.

    The land is located across Foster Street and slightly north of the Avera Cancer Center in Mitchell.  Initial designs show plans for 94 homes to be developed in two phases.

    “Workforce housing was an issue at the forefront of our Forward 2040 community vision process,” said Mitchell Mayor Bob Everson. “This gift will allow us to address a critical need in Mitchell.”

    Infrastructure costs will likely be covered through tax increment financing, according to Everson.

    “We consider this an economic development opportunity for the community,” he said. “A TIF is the best tool to keep the development affordable.”

    “This is a tremendous gift to the community,” said MADC CEO Mark Vaux. “This gift of land will allow us to keep the cost of lots to a minimum in order to keep the overall price of homes more accessible to average earners.”

    The target price of the homes is less than $200,000 and the development is intended for people with household incomes of between $50,000 and $70,000. Incomes in that range qualify for multiple grant and loan programs which will keep monthly payments within an approved range for lenders.

    Plans include multiple styles of single-family homes with 55 homes to be built by the end of 2024. The development of phase two will depend on Avera’s use of the parking lot, which includes a helipad, on the east side of Foster Street.

    “This is a unique project, not just in Mitchell, but around our state,” said Vaux. “Avera’s generosity combined with the expertise of the city and MADC will make this a model project for other communities.”

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    Grant funding for CTE Camp 2020 was made available to Advantage South Dakota members by Northwestern Energy. Grant funds are intended to assist with the development of new or continuing workforce initiatives which impact current and future workforce issues affecting business. Mitchell Area Development Corporation established a fund for 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th grade area students to participate in CTE (career and technical education).

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    Workforce housing was an issue at the forefront of our Forward 2040 community vision process,

    - Mitchell Mayor Bob Everson

     

     

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     “Avera’s generosity combined with the expertise of the city and MADC will make this a model project for other communities.

    - Mark Vaux, CEO, MADC

     

  • Ridge View on Foster

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  • For information regarding the Ridge View on Foster housing project contact Mark Vaux, CEO, Mitchell Area Development Corporation at (605) 996-1140 or mvaux@mitchellsd.com.

  • Mitchell Area Development Corporation