The USD Discovery District is an 80-acre contemporary corporate and academic research park is a public-private partnership effort between USD, the City of Sioux Falls, the South Dakota Board of Regents, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the business community through Forward Sioux Falls. The research park's expansion is anticipated to conclude over a 25-year timeline. Upon full completion, the expected economic outcomes encompass 26 privately constructed buildings, with a combined construction value exceeding $314 million. Additionally, the research park is projected to provide employment opportunities for nearly 2,800 individuals through companies situated within the district.
The concept for the Discovery District began more than two decades ago, with leaders in business and education coming together to set a strategy on growing technology-based business in South Dakota. In 2012, the legislature passed and Governor Daugaard signed legislation to authorize research parks on lands controlled by the South Dakota Board of Regents. The USD research park corporation was formed later that year. The USD Discovery District name was formalized in 2015.
Anna Madsen '18, a senior legislative research analyst and University of South Dakota alumna, credits USD’s Department of Political Science for providing her with meaningful learning opportunities and internship experiences that launched her into a successful career serving the South Dakota Legislature.
A partnership between the University of South Dakota School of Health Sciences and the South Dakota Department of Health has resulted in a five-year, cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In late January, current students and alumnae of the University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law gathered and engaged in insightful conversation at the annual Marjorie Breeden Society Brunch.