BEDC names new leader

Courtesy photo: Andrew Sloss

BROOKINGS – Brookings Economic Development Corporation has announed the selection of Andrew Sloss as chief economic development director/CEO for the organization. 

Sloss has more than 15 years of economic development experience, most recently serving as managing director for Baker Tilly in Houston, Texas. 

Past positions include director and practice leader at Merit Advisors, vice president at Thomas and Company, and senior manager at Ernst and Young. 

He is a 1998 graduate of South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in history, earned his master’s degree in leadership from Crown College in Minnesota and his Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law in Minnesota.  

“I am so excited and honored by this opportunity to return to Brookings and help the BEDC team continue to build on the incredible foundation that Al Heuton has created for the region,” Sloss said. “I’m truly enthusiastic about economic development and am looking forward to collaborating with all of our business and community partners to ensure continued and sustainable growth for the community.” 

“Andrew is the perfect fit to lead our team and the Brookings region into the future,” said Dan Hansen, BEDC board president and search committee chair. “His unique background in the private sector along with his immense knowledge and experience will bring the creativity and innovation needed to build on the strong economic development strategy already in place. In addition, his proven ability to lead and build consensus will be instrumental in assuring our community is moving forward together.” 

Hansen reported that the organization received close to 150 applications from across the country while the position was advertised during the month of June. Sloss will take over as BEDC’s leader on Oct. 5, while Heuton plans to retire at the end of the year after 15 years with the organization. 

BEDC is the lead entity for economic development in Brookings County, with key strategic focus areas of business development, entrepreneur support, workforce development and community development. The organization is a 501(c)6 nonprofit managed by a board of directors consisting of elected officials, public and community leaders and private sector representatives. For more information, visit www.brookingsedc.com.

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