Dennis Daugaard in 2014 Governor's State of the State speeches


On Jobs: South Dakota WINS: a 20-point job training plan

Two years ago, I announced the South Dakota Workforce Initiatives, or "South Dakota WINS," a 20-point plan to get more South Dakotans trained and ready to work in a rapidly growing and changing South Dakota economy. South Dakota WINS included these categories of effort:
  1. Preparing our youth to live and work in the 21st Century. The state has strengthened SDMyLife, an online portal for students and parents to research career and academic options.
  2. Operation Reach All Veterans: a plan to meet every veteran in South Dakota and to offer assistance & local benefits.
  3. Our citizens with disabilities are too often overlooked by employers with job openings. I believe that in this world people with disabilities often develop higher levels of determination and accomplishment. We need to connect employers with employees who have disabilities because it makes good business sense.
Source: 2014 State of the State Address to South Dakota legislature Jan 14, 2014

On Jobs: Assist disabled with employment; adversity builds character

According to a 2011 estimate, only 41% of working age individuals with a disability were employed in South Dakota--less than half the rate of those without a disability. I can't pretend that I understand all the obstacles that confront a person with disabilities, but I do feel a special appreciation for the disabled worker and for the employers who hire them. Both my parents were born deaf, and I witnessed the challenges they faced as they job hunted.

Good employers know that the most valuable worker is the one who works hard, is loyal, is honorable, and gives an honest day's work for an honest day's pay, whether that worker is disabled or not. These employers know that hiring people with disabilities is good business. They know that adversity builds character, and people with character are good employees.

In the past year, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation alone assisted over 900 people with disabilities to reach their employment goals.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to South Dakota legislature Jan 14, 2014

On Local Issues: South Dakotans believe in hard work

South Dakotans believe in hard work. When we promote South Dakota as a good place to do business, we promote the work ethic of our people. Those who do business in multiple states, including South Dakota, will often remark to me that their South Dakota location is their most productive, because South Dakotans know how to work. In short, South Dakota works because South Dakota's people know how to work. We succeed and excel because we work hard and stay true to our values. We can be proud of the many ways in which South Dakota excels. During the past year, objective outsiders have recognized our state for excellence. Last April, the United States Chamber of Commerce recognized South Dakota as having the nation's "Best Business Climate." Last June, their study identified South Dakota as having the lowest cost of living in the nation. Then, in July, CNBC named South Dakota "America's Top State for Business."
Source: 2014 State of the State Address to South Dakota legislature Jan 14, 2014

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