|May 15, 2013 --
Governor Dennis Daugaard and staff were in De Smet on May 10th to proclaim
De Smet, SD as capital for a day. The honor was bestowed upon De Smet in part because of its development corporation’s efforts in bringing new companies – American Engineered Products and Sheyenne Dakota, Inc. to town.
Activities for the day included a Main Street walk, meetings around town, a coffee hour with Governor Dennis Daugaard, and two ribbon-cutting ceremonies and tours of the two companies mentioned above. It was a great honor for this strongly banded community to showcase some of the projects the city has accomplished.
One of the new businesses will take residence inside a spec building in the industrial park. The spec building was funded through a USDA Rural Development Rural Business Enterprise Grant awarded in 2010 in the amount of $99,000 and leveraged with applicant funds of $50,022.
The RBEG program helps to finance and facilitate the development of new and existing businesses in rural America. Funds can be used for start-up and working capital loans, building and plant renovations, transportation improvements, project planning and other business needs. More information about this program is available at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_rbeg.html.
De Smet is best known for Little House on the Prairie where you can journey into the life and history of Laura Ingalls Wilder has a lot to offer. Other attractions include Manchester Monument, The Garden of Remembrance, Depot Museum/Harvey Dunn School, and pheasant hunting.