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New Website Launch for Harrisburg Economic Development Corporation

Updated: Apr 24, 2023

HARRISBURG, SD–In support of enhancing communication for the Heart of Harrisburg Campaign, the Harrisburg Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) launches its own website, It is a first for the community and includes a central location to review economic development, growth, and workforce efforts housed in one central location as a cornerstone to the continued fulfillment and success of the initiative. “Heart of Harrisburg” began as a five-year initiative(2022–2026)to lay the foundation for a booming community future. Beginning year two of those efforts, Board Chair, Adam Walsh, is proud to lead the continued progress, but not without acknowledging the support and commitment from so many individuals, businesses, and organizations in the community. “When I joined the HEDC board of directors in 2016, I was excited to get involved with an organization that was dedicated to strategic development in Harrisburg”, said Walsh, “What has happened over the past 6 years has been truly remarkable: record growth in population, building permit valuations, school district enrollment, the list goes on. "The HEDC credits much of the success to the commitment from investors, volunteers, past and present board members and organizations like the City of Harrisburg, the Harrisburg Chamber of Commerce, and the Harrisburg School District. Among the many achievements in 2022, a partnership with the Sioux Metro Growth Alliance(SMGA)to appoint Lisa Zens as the Economic Development Director has helped keep the momentum. “We have so many great people doing great things to make Harrisburg a special place to work and live. It is an honor to be one of the team members telling Harrisburg’s story to attract even more great people and businesses to our community”, shares Zens. Through the SMGA partnership, Lisa can leverage regional resources to Harrisburg’s economic development efforts and planning. “We are so proud of the work Harrisburg is doing to further the growth of their community and we are thrilled to be a part of those efforts,” said Jesse Fonkert, SMGA President/CEO.

Harrisburg Economic Development Corporation will host an annual meeting welcoming investors and community stakeholders to celebrate a wrap on 2022 successes and share the vision for 2023 and beyond. The event will be held on Thursday, April 27th, at the Meadow Barn in Harrisburg. For more information on the Heart of Harrisburg Campaign and future projects, contact Lisa Zens, Harrisburg’s Economic Development Director via email at or phone (605)450-0715.


ABOUT HARRISBURG ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION The Harrisburg Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) was incorporated in 2007 to promote and assist in the growth and development of the entire community of Harrisburg. The HEDC works closely with state and regional agencies and the City of Harrisburg to assist companies looking to locate or expand into Harrisburg. The HEDC Board of Directors is proud to work behind the scenes to help our community grow and prosper and is continually promoting our city and serving as ambassadors to all who may be interested in making Harrisburg their home.

ABOUT SIOUX METRO GROWTH ALLIANCE The SMGA is a non-profit economic development association that improves the economy and advocates for business development and greater quality of life across the Sioux Falls area. Formed in 2021 as a merger between the Lincoln and Minnehaha County Economic Development Associations, the SMGA serves sixteen member communities in four counties, and a variety of investors from across the Sioux Falls MSA to help create vibrant communities which provide rewarding places to live and work.

MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Zens, Economic Development Director605-450-0715| Harrisburg Economic Development Corporation 301 E. Willow St. Harrisburg, SD 57032

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