(605) 882-5115 Watertown, South Dakota

Working with
Businesses and Local Governments
to Improve the Quality of Life
Within Our Region


Working with
Businesses and Local Governments
to Improve the Quality of Life
Within Our Region

Promoting Community & Regional Development

First District Association of Local Governments promotes regional development in northeast South Dakota by providing professional services to local units of government and financial assistance to small businesses.

Community Planning & Ordinances

First District assists communities prepare for growth by providing tools to aid government and private officials make educated decisions regarding physical, social, economic and environmental concerns.

Community Project Funding

Through grant and loan applications, First District has secured millions of dollars in funding for local infrastructure improvement and community facility projects in northeast South Dakota.

Geographic Information Systems

GIS is an essential digital mapping tool for planners and local government to access, organize and create data about places. While First District has a variety of datasets on hand, we can also create data as needed.

Small Business Lending

First District fuels economic growth through small business lending programs. The SBA REAL 504 loan and Revolving Fund Loan programs are managed by First District Development Company.


South Dakota
Counties We Serve

First District is a membership supported organization of local government bodies in Brookings, Clark, Codington, Deuel, Grant, Hamlin, Kingsbury, Lake, Miner, Moody and Roberts county.

GIS Web Portal

Access GIS Data for Your Community

First District is a repository of GIS data for the region and the state. The District also creates,
maintains and webhosts spatial data. Click here for links to county GIS websites.

Access GIS

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District News

Project Spotlight: DeSmet Event & Wellness Center

The DeSmet Event & Wellness Center, located just north of US Highway 14 on the west side of town, is a facility with a distinct appearance that catches the eye from the highway and elicits arousing responses from visitors. Within the precast walls and tinted windows of the building are a large community room, several meeting rooms, kitchen, fitness center, stage, theatre and an indoor walking track.

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