The city of Huron lies within Beadle County, and maintains a city population of approximately 13,163 residents, while Beadle County's population is estimated to be 18,372 according to the US Census Bureau estimates for 2015.  Based on the recent Housing Needs Assessment, conducted by Prior & Associates on behalf of the City of Huron, the GHDC and the Huron Housing and Redevelopment Authority, the most recent employment growth rate is estimated to be approximately 3.2% annually, since 2006.

While the growth of a community is always a positive sign, it has also created a unique challenge in that our unemployment rate remains on average around 2.5-3.5%. In response to this challenge, the Greater Huron Development Corporation (GHDC) has brought together representatives from all sectors of the economy under one umbrella to address workforce development. The resulting coalition is called the “Huron Workforce Development Council” (HWDC). Members include:

  • Mark Smokey Heuston – HR Director, Dakota Provisions
  • Mike Radke – Assistant Principal, Huron School District
  • Ted Haeder - Vice President/COO, Greater Huron Development Corporation
  • David McGirr – President/CEP, Greater Huron Development Corporation & former Huron Mayor
  • Eric Christensen – CFO, Trussbilt, Huron
  • Ned Keeler – Manager, James River Equipment, Huron
  • Kristin Kline – HR Director, Center for Independence
  • Oscar Luque – Asst. HR Director, Dakota Provisions, Huron
  • Kim Olson – Executive Director, Cornerstones Career Learning Center, Huron
  • Rick Rozell – Manager, Butler Machinery, Huron
  • Robin Wallum – Manager, Huron One Stop Career Center
  • Chad Felderman – CEO/GM, Dakota Energy Cooperative
  • Andrea Del Grasso, Executive Director, Huron Housing & Redevelopment Authority

The City of Huron acts as the county seat and the hub of a thriving regional economy in the central part of the state, and is supported by commerce generated within Beadle County and parts of Hand, Spink, Jerauld, Sanborn, Kingsbury, and Clark Counties. The primary industries supporting the area tend to be agricultural, manufacturing, government, education, healthcare and retail in nature. The highest densities of employment are typically in the manufacturing, retail, healthcare or government sectors of the economy.  The chart below provides information on the community's largest employers.

Dakota Provisions 1,055 Food Processing Plant
Huron Public Schools 371 Education
Huron Regional Medical Center 312 Hospital
United States Government 290 Government
Center for Independence
Human Services
Wal-Mart 173 Retail
SunQuest Health Care 165
Senior Care/Human Services
Banner Engineering 165
Terex 150 Manufacturing
Premier Bank 147 Credit Card Processing Center
City of Huron 140
State Government 125 Government
Genosee & Wyoming Railroad 125 Railroad Transportation
Northwestern Energy 117 Utilities
Coborn's Super Center 110 Groceries
Trussbilt, LLC 88
Our Home, Incorporated 80 Human Services
Horizontal Machining & Manufacturing 80 Manufacturing
Dakotaland Federal Credit Union 78 Banking/Finance
Violet Tschetter Memorial Home 75
Senior Care/Human Services

For further information regarding Workforce Development in the Huron area contact:

Ted Haeder
Vice President/COO
Office: 605-352-0363

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