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.
On Sept. 25, the University of South Dakota School of Education hosted members of Educators Rising South Dakota for an event aimed at inspiring high school students across the state to consider a career in education and introducing them to the opportunities available in the USD School of Education.
The School Crisis Prevention and Response Hub of South Dakota, housed in the University of South Dakota School of Education, is partnering with the Department of Homeland Security and South Dakota School Safety Center, to host the “I Love U Guys” workshop on Friday, Sept. 29 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the USD – Sioux Falls campus.
USD’s Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment to Host Courtroom Training for SANEs, Attorneys
Sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs) and attorneys in South Dakota have an opportunity to participate in a free learning opportunity through SANE Courtroom Testimony: Instruction for SANEs, Prosecutors, and Advocates.