District III offers a variety of planning services to its 15-county region in South Central South Dakota. All counties, villages, cities and tribes in our region are eligible to become a member of District III and receive professional planning services at a membership rate.
Please contact our Community Development Specialist's for information for State, Federal and Private Funding Opportunities.
Geographic Information System (GIS) is a system of computer software, hardware, data, and personnel that analyzes and illustrates information in a spatial context. Take some time to browse our site for more details about how GIS can benefit you.
From Governor's House Program to housing assessments, contact our Community Development Specialist's to find out how District III can assist your community with housing.
District III is a 'one stop shop' for business support services. The District is an excellent starting point for information, financial assistance, and business consulting. District III members and partners have made economic development a high priority in the region by supporting a regional revolving business loan fund (ABC), small business consulting (SBDC), and technical assistance with government contracting (APEX).
District III’s Contracting Specialists provide technical assistance to South Dakota businesses interested in bidding on and receiving federal, state, and local government contracts. The APEX Accelerators program focuses on building strong, sustainable, and resilient U.S. supply chains by assisting a wide range of businesses that pursue and perform under contracts with the DoD, other federal agencies, state and local governments and with government prime contractors.
Planning and Development District III is a voluntary association of county, municipal and tribal governments.
Planning and Development District III service area includes 15 counties, 60 cities and 3 tribal governments in Southcentral & Southeast South Dakota
Planning and Development District III service area includes 15 counties in Southcentral & Southeast South Dakota - Aurora, Bon Homme, Brule, Buffalo, Charles Mix, Davison, Douglas, Gregory, Hanson, Hutchinson, Jerauld, Lyman, Sanborn, Tripp, and Yankton. Within our 15 counties are 3 tribal Governments - Crow Creek, Lower Brule Sioux, and Yankton Sioux. Also within our service area are 60 cities. The 2020 Census total population of the region is 100,636 with 13,218 square miles.
- On December 4, 1970, Governor Frank Farrar signed an Executive Order creating the boundaries.
- Members formed the voluntary association under a "Joint Cooperative Agreement", which was authorized under state joint powers statutes.
- The District also utilizes the expertise of its Comprehensive Development Strategy (CEDS) Committee. This group consists of mainly private sector representatives. It provides policy, guidance and service feedback on business related issues.
District III has a strong record of local support. Its membership has given the organization the freedom to expand services and professional relationships as regional needs evolved.
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Land use planning, zoning and subdivision regulations, financial and technical assistance, application development, project administration, request for proposals, ordinances, special purpose districts, and Regional Food Business Center primary contact.
The staff at District III is experienced in dealing with all types of technical issues. Please contact the staff via our general email below or contact the individual directly. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8am-5pm (closed noon-1pm), closed holidays.
1808 Summit St Yankton SD 57078
PO BOX 687 Yankton SD 57078
(605) 665-4408 ; (800) 952-3562