Governor Daugaard is clearly teasing me. How can I resist?

FOR RELEASE: Monday, December 16, 2013

CONTACT: Natalie Likness, Governor’s Office of Economic Development, 605.773.3301

Gov. Daugaard Returning to China, Inviting Business Leaders to Join Him

PIERRE, S.D. – This spring Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be making his way across the globe to visit Beijing and Shanghai on his third trade mission to China as governor. Once again, Gov. Daugaard is inviting South Dakota business leaders to join him [South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development, press release, 2013.12.16].

So will he be taking the new owners of Northern Beef Packers with him to China? Or are they already in China, and Dennis is simply delivering the keys?

“I am looking forward to returning to China next year,” said Gov. Daugaard. “There are many opportunities for South Dakotan businesses in the Chinese market. Last spring, Millennium Recycling participated in our trade mission and by November, they had shipped more than 100 tons of scrap newspaper to a paper mill in China” [GOED, 2013.12.16].

Scrap newspaper: also the first thing Governor Daugaard wants to do every morning.

“Our office recognizes the value of exporting,” said Pat Costello, Commissioner of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. “With 70 percent of the world’s purchasing power outside of the United States, South Dakota companies continue to benefit from exploring new markets” [GOED, 2013.12.16].

Like markets in the British Virgin Islands, Cyprus, Russia....

Companies interested in exporting to China who would like to join the Governor on the trade mission are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to companies in the following targeted industries: value added-ag, advanced manufacturing, biosciences, professional business services and energy [GOED, 2013.12.16].

You're taking the press too, right, Dennis? Don't you need to bring a blogger or two along to report on the trip and impress the Chinese with the quality of our online journalism? Let's jam the Communist culture a bit, demonstrate our commitment to openness!

Eligible companies will be reimbursed after the trade mission for up to 30 percent of the travel, hotel and visa expenses for one company representative [GOED, 2013.12.16].

But in memory of Richard Benda, you will be reimbursed twice.

The trip is tentatively scheduled for May 6-15, but is subject to change based on the companies selected to participate [GOED, 2013.12.16].

...and on whether the primary campaign involves anything beyond Lora Hubbel talking about Agenda 21 and vaccinations.

Please click here to apply or visit for more information about the upcoming trade mission. Applications must be submitted prior to Jan. 17 [GOED, 2013.12.16].

If you can get a seat, the Governor's first post-EB-5 China trip promises to be interesting! Sign up today!