GROW South Dakota celebrates 50 years of success in 2016

SISSETON, S.D. — The evolution of GROW South Dakota as a statewide nonprofit was started in 1966 through the creation of the Northeast South Dakota Community Action Program (NESDCAP) serving three counties.

The community action program approach was a result of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s 1964 legislation to battle the war on poverty. Funded by federal, state and local resources the agency opened its doors in Sisseton, South Dakota, to provide a means to assist low-income individuals and families become more self-reliant and improve daily living. NESDCAP’s first expansion in 1974 added service to seven counties and seven more counties were added in 2001 bringing the expanded service area to 17 counties in northeast South Dakota.

The Northeast South Dakota Economic Corporation (NESDEC) was established in 1978 through NESDCAP’s vision to stimulate small business ownership, business development, and job creation in low-income and rural communities of a 10 county service area. As inquiries for these innovative NESDEC business development programs and services increased from adjacent counties, the service area was expanded to serve a total of 22 counties in 1987.

Visible economic impacts in the region, and the continual success of expanding agency services and the revolving loan fund, created a demand for statewide services. As a result, Grow South Dakota was established in 2007 with a statewide service area.

In 2012, NESDCAP, NESDEC, and Grow South Dakota unified their three core initiatives of housing, community and economic development, into the now recognized brand of GROW South Dakota. Although NESDCAP, NESDEC and Grow South Dakota continue to operate as separate legal entities, with varying service areas, the same great care is provided to the residents and communities served.

GROW South Dakota invites the public to celebrate 50 years of success at the annual gala on the evening of Thursday, April 7, 2016, at the Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

For more information about tickets for the 50th Anniversary Gala, or GROW South Dakota’s housing and business development programs and services, please visit or call (605) 698-7654.

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For nearly 50 years GROW South Dakota’s housing, community and economic development programs and services have been serving the needs of local individuals, families, business owners, and entire communities in order to sustain our rural quality of life. The realized pote...