Brookings is a family-friendly, safe and beautiful community that has an impressive quality of life. Brookings is home to South Dakota State University, tree-lined streets, many parks and a lively downtown with unique shops and restaurants.
Hear from our residents!
"A good place to find a job"
"So much for everybody"
"Safe and kid-friendly"
"Great for families"
"Feel part of something special"
"A great place to be"
"A beautiful partnership"
Why I chose to start a business in Brookings:
“Moving back to Brookings was an easy decision. There are familiar faces everywhere and so much support of our small business from the community! After graduating from SDSU, I moved away only to realize that Brookings was where I belonged. I moved here, started a business here, have friends and family who live here, and even taught classes at SDSU. I’m so proud that Hitch Studio helps contribute to the downtown experience as well! It’s a charming community that I love calling home.”
Co-Founder, Designer, Event Stylist
Hitch Studio, Brookings Downtown Business of the Year 2015
Relocated from: Sioux Falls, SD
Resident since: 2013
Why I chose Brookings for my family:
“After graduating from SDSU and starting a career with Daktronics, I became caught between college life and my friends starting their families. After 3 years of feeling in limbo, I took an opportunity with Daktronics to move to Seattle. During my 11 years out west, I was able to experience big city living, I met my wife, we had our son and my priorities started to adjust. When I needed a job change and a position became available back in Brookings, I was hesitant to make the move. I wasn’t sure how my family would relate to Brookings and I was nervous that I would have the same feelings as I did after college. Almost immediately I realized I had nothing to fear. Brookings was exactly the community we were looking for to raise our family. I am back involved in sports, there are tons of activities for our son and there is even a wonderful art community for my wife, Jessie.”
On-Premise Segment Manager
Relocated from: Seattle, WA
Resident Since: 2012
How I found a career "I Love" in Brookings:
“My husband started working with a family member and that resulted in us moving from St. Paul, MN to Brookings, SD. And I was able to find a wonderful position (that I love!) as the Executive Director of the Brookings Convention & Visitors Bureau, utilizing my education, training, and background in marketing.
While there are reservations in any move, I can confidently say we have both been extremely pleased with our transition to Brookings. Brookings has provided a great professional and career environment, as well as a safe, welcoming community to raise our family in. In fact, surprising to us, we felt a strong sense of community within only year or two of moving to Brookings and engaging in both work and organizational activities.”
Brookings Convention & Visitors Bureau
Relocated from: St. Paul, MN
Resident since: 2012
Why I enjoy the Brookings atmosphere:
“I moved to Brookings because I wanted to take the opportunity to advance my career in city management. The City of Brookings is providing me with the opportunity to learn and gain experience from a seasoned credentialed city manager. I like living here because I enjoy the small college town atmosphere.”
Kevin A. Catlin
Assistant to the City Manager & Director of Information Technology
City of Brookings
Relocated from: Tulsa, OK
Resident since: 2016
How I found multiple job opportunities in the Brookings community:
“We moved to Brookings for my first, full-time job after college graduation and I am truly grateful for the multitude of opportunities that have since followed. Since 2011, I have worked across marketing departments at Daktronics, South Dakota State University and now the Swiftel Center. I would never have imagined there would be such variety and available positions in a community the size of Brookings. I have been able to grow my professional skills and expand my network of peers so quickly and I attribute it to the innovative spirit and vibrant energy of the Brookings professional community. This community pushes people to be successful and to find fulfilling careers in Brookings!”
Sales & Marketing Manager
Swiftel Center, VenuWorks
Relocated From: Moorhead, MN
Resident Since: 2011
Brookings Economic Development Corporation
2301 Research Park Way, Suite 113
Brookings, SD 57006
Ph. (605) 697-8103