(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.

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Planning & Policy Development

First District assists communities preparing for growth by providing tools to aid government officials and citizens in making educated decisions regarding physical, social, economic and environmental concerns.

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Project Development

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.

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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.

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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 the counties of Brookings, Clark, Codington, Deuel, Grant, Hamlin, Kingsbury, Lake, Miner, Moody and Roberts.

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.

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Upcoming Events
& Deadlines

New Years Day

Our office will be closed Wednesday, January 1st. Happy 2020!!


Community Development
Block Grants

Grant funds are available to cities and counties, which may apply on behalf of other non-profits or units of government.

Other First
District News

Grant Application Deadlines

Take a look at what programs are available for grants and when the deadline to apply is.

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