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Governor’s Annual Conference to Feature Two Unique Keynote Speakers

January 24, 2024

The 2024 Governor’s Conference on Economic Development will take place April 10-11 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

The annual conference is a chance to recognize outstanding accomplishments in the economic development community. Governor Kristi Noem will be awarding the Community of the Year and Excellence in Economic Development Awards.

“From awards to discussions on the challenges of economic development and so much more, this year’s conference is one you won’t want to miss,” said GOED Commissioner Chris Schilken. “South Dakota is poised for additional growth, and this conference will inspire and educate you. I encourage you to register today.”

A pair of dynamic speakers will keynote the event under the theme “Freedom Works Here,” along with a series of breakout sessions and time for networking.

Michael Faulkender, Dean’s Professor of Finance at the University of Maryland, will bring an understanding of both financial economics and public policy to this event. Faulkender’s insight is sure to educate and inspire his listeners.

“Not all states are experiencing the growth and prosperity happening in South Dakota. Nationally, the U.S. economy remains challenging, and I look forward to sharing policy prescriptions to improve our fiscal situation and unleash affordable American abundance,” said Faulkender.

Devin Hendersen will encourage attendees to dream big and rethink the impossible using a combination of humor, magic, and heartfelt storytelling. Henderson will leave you on the edge of your chair, knowing that “something greater is always possible.”

“I just want people to believe they can achieve so much more than they ever imagined was possible. My keynote empowers people to embrace The Possibility Mindset, which responds to fear, challenges, and uncertainty by always asking the question, ‘What else is possible?’,” said Hendersen.

Registration is now open with early bird rates through February 29. You can register at

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