Dakota Roots, a web-based program that was started in October 2006 to assist individuals who are interested in career opportunities in South Dakota, has helped over 400 people from 43 states find those opportunities and relocate to the state.

Through www.DakotaRoots.com over 2,000 people from all 50 states, including many Black Hills State University alumni, have shown interest in moving to South Dakota if given the right career opportunity. Nearly 40 businesses have also expressed interest in starting up or expanding into the state.

Once registered with Dakota Roots, individuals receive one-on-one assistance from program representatives who will work with them to match their skill sets and desired field of interest to current job openings. The SDWORKS job database currently has over 10,000 available jobs. Interested participants can pursue the opportunities directly with the business, and their information remains completely confidential throughout the entire process.

Dakota Roots is a joint partnership between the South Dakota Department of Labor, the Office of Governor M. Michael Rounds, and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.  More information on other workforce development initiatives can be found at www.Workforce2025.com.