- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 12, 2017

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Economic development leaders in Sioux Falls are inviting former South Dakota residents to an event with the goal of persuading them to return and helping address a worker shortage amid a thriving economy.

The free Back to SoDak event at the Denny Sanford Premier Center on Saturday will showcase a flourishing Sioux Falls, highlighting its entertainment and dining industry as well as job opportunities, the Argus Leader (http://argusne.ws/2tIAuFK ) reported.

“We really believe when some folks see how much it’s changed, how much Sioux Falls has to offer, there will truly be people who will say, ‘you know what, it’s time to move back home, it’s time to get closer to friends,’ and ultimately what it will do is increase the workforce,” said Lon Clemensen, vice president of workforce development at the Sioux Falls Development Foundation.

Attendees will also receive swag such as a Back to SoDak T-shirt and a gift bag with a coupon book to various city businesses.

“We’ll have brunch, we’ll have ice sculptures, we’re even going to do some shorter tours of the Denny Sanford Premier Center, to give guests a flavor of how expansive the facility is and how much it has to offer,” Clemensen said.

Those who attend can go to JazzFest that evening as well.

While Clemensen said he’s happy with the level of interest in the event, he said there’s still time to sign up.

“We even had someone contact us from Alaska,” he said. “And they’re coming to the event. … So it’s encouraging that we’re hearing from people that far away.”

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Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com

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