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Business Development Representatives

The Governor's Office of Economic Development has broken the state into six regions. Each region has a GOED Business Development Representative that lives and works in the region. The BDR's responsibility is to work with local economic development officials and business leaders to facilitate new investment and quality job creation.



In addition to their regional responsibilities, each BDR is responsible for spearheading the office's efforts to grow in each of the following targeted industries:


Steve Watson
Business and Community Development Director
  Steve Watson LinkedIn 605-367-4518

Eric Fosheim
Value Added Agriculture
 Eric Fosheim LinkedIn 605-367-4302

Jeff Haverly
Western South Dakota
 Jeff Haverly LinkedIn 605-716-0013
Kristen Honey
 Kristen Honey LinkedIn 605-367-4301
Ira Frericks
Financial Services
 Ira Frericks LinkedIn 605-782-3286

Paige Petersen
Southeastern South Dakota
 Paige Petersen LinkedIn 605-782-3287


Find out more about our Business Development Representatives on the staff page.

Mike Turnwall

Melvin Ustad
Office of Commercialization Director

 Melvin Ustad LinkedIn 605-670-1678


Contact the targeted industry representative to learn more about the office's current efforts to expand the industry in South Dakota, or click here for an overview.