Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Board Launches Executive Director Search

Webster Area Development Corporation Board of Directors seeks qualified applicants for a full-time executive director of the county-wide economic development organization based in Webster, South Dakota. Salary/benefits negotiable; depends on experience.

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter by December 11 via mail to PO Box 6, Webster, SD 57274 or email to wadc@itctel.com. 

Questions? Call (605) 345-3159 or email.

WADC is an equal opportunity employer


Executive Director Job Description
Reports to: Board of Directors, Webster Area Development Corporation (WADC)
Status: Salaried, Exempt

Position Summary
Works ethically and effectively to provide leadership for the WADC in its mission of increasing economic growth in Webster and Day County, South Dakota. The position prepares a program of work to meet the organization's goals. The Executive Director is responsible for organizational procedures, motivation of volunteers, budgetary issues, planning and maintenance of appropriate databases.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Develops, proposes and implements programs and services for effective attraction, retention and expansion of businesses and industries.
- Lead contact for prospective inquiries from new businesses and industry.
- Monitors and ensures goals and objectives of WADC are met.
- Develops and implements targeted marketing plans; coordinates the development of image-enhancing marketing materials and web pages.
- Maintains databases and other tools on economic information.
- Identifies and applies for grants; assures effective utilization of identified financing and incentive opportunities.
- Supervises and coordinates special events, functions and programs including hosting business prospects and VIPs to the community and region.
- Submits an annual budget for the approval of the WADC.
- Participates in and recommends strategic planning work for WADC.
- Enhances relationships between WADC and other local, state and federal governmental units.
- Promotes, negotiates, and develops the industrial park lease agreements.
- Other duties as assigned by the WADC board.

Competencies, Skills and Abilities
- Demonstrates persistence in overcoming obstacles
- Understands the needs and objectives of Webster, Day County and WADC
- Meets deadlines, commitments, and goals
- Self-motivating and works with little oversight
- Demonstrates knowledge of economic and governmental issues
- Identifies and solves problems in a timely manner; is flexible in dealing with delays, changes and unexpected events
- Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness in their work
- Pursues training and development opportunities
- Upholds the organization's mission and values
- Able to communicate effectively and efficiently in spoken and written form including formal presentations
- Able to read, analyze, and interpret complex information
- Develops action plans and proposals to RFPs and provides feedback on them

A bachelor's degree and/or equivalent experience and training necessary to carry out economic development in a rural community and surrounding areas. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

Computer Skills
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Microsoft Suite, including Access, Word, Excel and Power Point. In addition, the person should know how to navigate the World Wide Web and other relevant computer programs.

**This job description is not intended and should not be construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, effort or working conditions associated with the job. They are intended to be reflections of the principal job elements for this position.

Friday, September 25, 2020

South Dakota Manufacturing Week 2020

South Dakota Manufacturing Week is September 28 - October 2, 2020. Here are a few fun facts about manufacturing in Day County:

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Find out about current career opportunities at DayCountyJobs.com.

Thanks to South Dakota Department of Labor for the statistics!

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Land and Buildings Available in Webster Industrial Park

Build-to-Suit, Land & Building Opportunities in Webster Industrial Park

  • Property A - 20 shovel-ready acres for build-to-suit or purchase with 70 adjacent acres for expansion. Owned by the Webster Area Development Corporation. 
  • Property B - Former Dakotah building, a 74,789 sq. ft. building on 8.43 acres for lease or purchase. Owned by a private party and listed with a regional realtor. 
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We live the American dream in Webster and Day County, South Dakota. 

Our residents enjoy safety and security, a sense of community, short commute times, and opportunity. There is no shortage of unique attractions to take advantage of: Roslyn boasts the world’s only International Vinegar Museum, not to mention the dozens of lakes and hundreds of acres of public access hunting land in our area.

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Home of Visionaries

In 2014, our community came together in the creation of 22 vision boards that focused on workforce, housing, Main Street, walk/bike path, arts, and more. More than 100 residents have participated in turning these ideas into reality. 

  • Early on, we celebrated three new speculative houses, a flourishing boutique scene, and the renovation of the Izaak Walton League Clubhouse.
  • In 2017, we celebrated the opening of a new Career & Technical Education Center where Day County students take hands-on construction and manufacturing classes. 
  • In 2020, we are celebrating a new walk/bike path connecting the healthcare complex to Main Street, new mural, and  new local recycling program.

Quality Health Care & Education

  • Our hospital is finishing up a $5 million renovation. It is part of the extended network of Sanford Health and includes a hospital, clinic, physical therapy, vision center, dentist, visiting specialists, long-term care, and independent living all under one roof.
  • Our commitment to education is evidenced by the quality of our facilities and measured by the successes of our students. Enrollment has surpassed 500 students K-12.
  • Seven higher education institutions are just 45 minutes away. Watertown's Lake Area Technical College was awarded the "Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence" in 2017.

Second to None in Recreation

  • Abundant wildlife has made Day County renowned for great hunting and fishing year-round. The area hosts several fishing tournaments and attracts thousands of avid hunters and outdoor enthusiasts annually. 
  • Golf, bowling, basketball, volleyball, and baseball teams provide recreational and social opportunities for youth and adults. We have several soccer fields, new swimming pool and baseball/softball complex featuring three diamonds. During the winter, a regional trail system offers 85 miles of snowmobile trails.

We welcome you to the Webster area to tour properties and the community! 

Contact Melissa at (605) 345 3159 or wadc[at]itctel.com.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

My Summer at the Economic Development Office

I started working at the Webster Area Development Corporation on April 15th, and this has been one of the greatest and most rewarding jobs I have ever had. Throughout this job, I have learned so much about my community and how to involve yourself with people around you. I never thought that I would meet half of the people I did, or even get closer to the people I had already known. 

I posted jobs on DayCountyJobs.com, pulled together the Wow Webster Gift Card Drive, and worked to help grow Day County. The Wow Webster Gift Card Drive has been the largest event that I have worked to put together, and it was so rewarding. I got closer with the owners of the businesses in town, and helped to raise $77,000 for our community. I never thought I could pull together an event like this, but it was so simple with the help of our community, the board, and Melissa. 

Another event that took place this summer was Rural X 2020. Rural X 2020, is a conference for individuals to attend, providing ideas on how to build your community and your county. Even though I couldn’t attend this conference in person, it was still an amazing experience. I learned a lot about how to involve the youth upcoming into the community, how to promote events and organizations, and especially how to help your community during COVID-19. 

Over the rest of the summer, I attended virtual coffee meetings with other individuals from across the state, and we talked a lot about how we could improve connections with our community, and events we could throw for our community. I also attended board meetings, helped promote grants and loans, and advertised opportunities and spaces in Day County. 

These past few months, I  have learned so much about how together my community is.  I can’t thank everyone enough for being so supportive, and thank you to the board for giving me this opportunity! Melissa has shown me that our county has so many opportunities for everyone, and I can’t express how thankful I am to be given this opportunity. 

Emma Kroll

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Wow Webster Campaign Update

We would like to give a huge thank you to the Webster businesses and to our Webster community for supporting each other during the Wow Webster Gift Card Drive. This drive raised $73,000 for the community, and more than 1,300 gift cards were distributed.

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The radiothon on May 7 was a huge success with over 400 callers. The matching fund of $31,950 ran out by Noon, and we can't thank everyone enough that helped us make this such an outstanding event.
A special thanks to all of the matching fund sponsors:
* City of Webster
* CorTrust Bank
* Coteau Hills Constuction
* Dacotah Bank
* Dave Hahler Automotive
* Delaney Nielsen & Sannes PC
* Bill & Susan Duerre
* Foothills Contracting
* Great Western Bank
* G Todd Garry PA
* Johnson Farms
* Mike's Jack & Jill
* Webster American Legion Post 40
* Webster Scale
Without their commitment, we wouldn't have been able to raise all of the money that we did to help support the local area during this time!

Reporter & Farmer | May 11, 2020
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We would also like to give a special thanks to all of our volunteers that have supported us and who took the time to help us during our Wow Webster Radiothon:
* Mandy Bartelt
* Tammy Block
* Kevin Bohn
* Cindy Hahler
* Tina Haug
* Jennifer Keller
* Nancy Kiefer
* Molly Leger
* Joyce Levsen
* Don Mahlen
* Amy Miller
* Teagan Miller
* Janice Pereboom
* Renae Worrel

Last, but not least, we would like to thank ITC, Jim Block and the Webster Area School District for letting us use the facility and for setting up the phone lines for the radiothon.

Thanks again to everyone!

#WowWebster  #SparkDayCounty

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Webster City Council commits $25,000 to local gift card drive

Mark your calendar for Thursday, May 7, a very special day to support the small businesses you love in Webster, SD. Thanks to Webster City Council's unanimous vote on April 28, up to $25,000 of gift card purchases will be matched!

Watch for the full details very soon on our @WebsterAreaDev Facebook page, on our website, and in the Reporter & Farmer.

#WowWebster #SparkDayCounty

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Summer Assistant Announcement

Hello! My name is Emma Kroll and I am the new, part-time, development assistant for the Webster Area Development Corporation.

A little bit about me, I am a sophomore at the University of South Dakota majoring in Social Work with a Child Welfare Specialization minor. I hold a vice president position in the sorority of Pi Beta Phi down in Vermillion, and we stay very involved with USD and the community.

With having to come back to Webster and finish this semester through online classes, I knew that I wanted to do something more with my free time, and figured why not find a way to stay connected with the Webster community. Applying for the WADC summer position was a perfect way to do so!

I am so excited to be working at WADC and get my hands into projects, and help provide resources for the businesses of Day County. I’ve always wanted to step in and help our community and businesses, and know that there is so much that Day County has to offer for everyone!

I am already on the job at Day County Development Office, Monday through Friday from 8AM - 12PM. I began on April 15 and will be a resource to you until about the middle of August. I can’t wait to get connected with Day County and help out our communities!