Agency RSS

U.S. Labor Secretary To Attend Gov. Daugaard’s WGA Workforce Workshop

            Office of Gov. Dennis Daugaard

500 E. Capitol Ave.

Pierre, S.D. 57501

(605) 773-3212






FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Monday, July 31, 2017

CONTACT:  Tony Venhuizen or Kelsey Pritchard at 605-773-3212


EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS:  For audio from the Governor on the workshop, visit news.sd.gov/media.aspx and click on “Audio” under “Governor Dennis Daugaard.”



U.S. Labor Secretary To Attend

Gov. Daugaard’s WGA Workforce Workshop


PIERRE, S.D. – U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta will be in Sioux Falls on Thursday, Aug. 3, to attend Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s Workforce Development Initiative workshop. The workshop will be held at the Holiday Inn Centre and is the first scheduled event of Gov. Daugaard’s Western Governors’ Association initiative.


“Workforce is an issue nationwide,” said Gov. Daugaard. “I thank Secretary Acosta for traveling to our state for this important discussion with stakeholders and hope we can identify new strategies to meet workforce challenges.”


The day will include a keynote by Gov. Daugaard, remarks from Secretary Acosta and roundtable discussions. The roundtables will focus on career training as a piece of the workforce development pipeline and tool to close the skills gap. The workshop will highlight the challenges in delivering quality career training and showcase best practices from across the region.


The workshop agenda, panelist information and livestream can be found on the Western Governors’ Association website. Video of the event will be archived on the Western Governors’ Association YouTube page.


Gov. Daugaard was elected chair of the Western Governors’ Association in June, when his colleagues also passed a policy resolution affirming workforce as a priority. Gov. Daugaard’s initiative is designed to identify skills that are in high demand, create more career training opportunities for students, connect regional employers with prospective workers and develop strategies for rural communities.


The Western Governors' Association was established in 1984 to represent the governors of 19 western states and 3 U.S.-flag islands. The association is an instrument of the governors for bipartisan policy development, information exchange and collective action on issues of importance to the Western United States.


– 30 –