The 2010 Initiative set out 5 goals:
- Double Visitor Spending
- Increase the State’s Gross Domestic Product
- Become a Recognized Leader in Research and Technology Development
- Brand and Develop South Dakota’s Quality of Life as the Best in America
- Uphold the Commitment to the 2010 Initiative
For the most part, these goals have been successfully met.
Double Visitor Spending
The goal was to increase spending to $1.2 billion. Even with the depressed economy, the state did see an increase to $962 million, just short of its goal.
Increase Gross Domestic Product
The goal was to increase the GDP by $10 billion. This goal was met 2 years early and the GDP actually grew by $14 billion.
Become a Recognized Leader in Research and Technology Development
Lots of good stuff here – NSF picks Homestake for the Deep underground lab, Sanford Initiative to cure Diabetes, and state universities added ten research centers adding to their advanced degree programs as well as bringing in $154 milling in research dollars.
Brand and Develop South Dakota’s Quality of Life as the Best in America
Lots of money invested in improving hunting opportunities, improving the state parks, increasing the availability of affordable housing, and exposing our students to the arts.
Uphold the Commitment to the 2010 Initiative
Just because 2010 is almost over and the initiative was successful doesn’t mean the investment it created wont continue to benefit the state for years to come.