Day at the Capitol is designed to allow individuals the opportunity to see how our state government works, to dialogue with state officials about relevant topics, and to promote the community of Brookings and South Dakota State University. This event is a collaboration between Brookings Economic Development Corporation, South Dakota State University, and the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce Public Affairs Committee. With the ongoing pandemic, the 2021 event has been moved to a virtual event.
Participants have the option to participate on their own, or with a small group at the Ben Franklin event hall starting at 9AM on 1/20/2021.
How to participate The 2021 Brookings/SDSU Day at the Capitol will take place virtually in Brookings this year via Zoom with an option to watch with others at the Ben Franklin (420 Main Ave) event hall in downtown Brookings.
IMPORTANT REGISTRATION INFORMATION
You will have three options to choose from as you register. 1. Virtual Registration You will participate virtually from your home/office on your own device. 2. In-Person Registration With Lunch You would join others at the Ben Franklin event hall in downtown Brookings to watch via Zoom. Lunch is provided at 12pmfor an extra $10.00 if you choose this option. Leadership Brookings class (15 individuals) will be attending with this option. 3. In-Person Registration Without Lunch You would join others at the Ben Franklin event hall in downtown Brookings to watch via Zoom with other members of the public as well as the Leadership Brookings class (15 individuals). With this registration option, you would prefer to figure out a lunch on your own.
Registration is due by Tuesday, January 19 at 1pm.
Day’s Agenda 9:00 AM – Department of Transportation
Joel Jundt, Interim Secretary of Transportation
Mike Behm, Director of the Division of Planning & Engineering Craig Smith, Division Director, Operations Support
Highway 14 corridor study
I-29 interchange project
Past, present, future 6th Street work
Bike path funding opportunities
10:00 AM – Governor’s Office of Economic Development
Kyle Peters, Senior Business Development Representative
Technical college presence in Brookings
CTE facilities and programming funding
Future of “Reinvestment Payment Program” and “SD JOBS Program” – change in requirements possible?
Future of EDPP Program
Economic development leveraging capacity of university research and education
What is being done to recruit value added ag businesses (dairies, processing plants, etc)
11:00 AM – Department of Agriculture and Environment & Natural Resources
Hunter Roberts, Interim Secretary of Agriculture and Environment & Natural Resources
Hemp legislation and rules
Combining of the departments – justification for doing so
Process for combining and who has authority
Will this have impact on permitting process on concentrated animal feeding operations?
DENR was responsible for clean water issues – who will do that now?
Expansion of CAFOs
12:00 PM – District 7 Legislators
Tim Reed, District 7 House of Representatives
Larry Tidemann, District 7 House of Representatives
VJ Smith, District 7 Senate
Additional COVID/CARES funding
1:00 PM – South Dakota Board of Regents
Dr. Brian Maher, Board of Regents