After the pandemic exposed many weaknesses in the international supply chain, the U.S. has been working to bring more manufacturing and innovation back home. It’s clear that we can’t rely on other countries in times of need, especially countries like China who have been working to undermine our position as the world’s leader in technology and innovation.
We have made some progress toward bringing more innovation and jobs to South Dakota. Late last year, a new 40,000-square foot innovation office building opened down the street from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City. But bringing ideas, companies, and jobs to South Dakota won’t be worth much if we don’t have the educated, talented workers to fill those roles.