Vermillion, S.D. Aims to Build Relationships at BIO

Jun 26, 2014

Sioux Falls, South Dakota  – A growing university research town combined with the benefits of being in the best state for business makes Vermillion, S.D. a great learning opportunity for attendees at BIO.

“The biggest surprise many people have is how much Vermillion has grown and changed,” said Nate Welch, executive director of the Vermillion Chamber & Development Company and a member of the South Dakota Biotech Association.

Vermillion, located less than one hour south of Sioux Falls along the Interstate 29 corridor, is a town of nearly 11,000.

Home to the University of South Dakota, Vermillion was named South Dakota’s large community of the year in 2014, a testament to several years of exciting growth.

Key developments include construction of a 32,000 Vermillion Technology Center, which will be the new home of Eagle Creek Software Services, the leader in onshore information technology services. Eagle Creek is expected to bring up to 200 jobs to Vermillion.

“It’s going to change the face of Vermillion,” Welch said. “These are fantastic jobs, and they’re going to help us attract that next business, too.”

Vermillion leadership also developed an IT Academy in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and USD to better prepare new graduates for the workforce and created skilled trades courses in partnership with the Vermillion School District to help meet the needs of local employers.


“The story we really want to share with companies at BIO is that we have the ability to start up relationships with the university, the city and the state have really create unique, exciting opportunities for businesses,” Welch said. “We have educated residents, an outstanding quality of life and all the business benefits of being in South Dakota.”

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