Local Economic Development efforts receive support from Golden West

The Philip Chamber Economic Development Committee received a $5,000 economic development donation from Golden West Telecommunications.

The funding was made available as part of Golden West's annual economic development program created to target funds toward projects and programs within its service areas that help enhance or generate local employment opportunities. The 2006 contribution brings the total received over the past nine years by the Philip Chamber Economic Development Committee to $40,000.

"We realize that the future of our company is dependent upon the success of individuals and businesses in communities like Philip and that's why we're excited to help fund this type of project," said Golden West General Manager/CEO George Strandell.

The project submitted by the Philip Chamber Economic Development Committee involves using the funds from Golden West along with matching funds from the City of Philip and Scotchman Industries to construct a large metal sign along Highway 14 that reflects the interests of the area. The sign has been erected and the landscaping to surround the sign will be completed this spring.

Golden West began in 1916 as a stock company providing telephone service between the communities of Quinn and Interior, SD. The company has grown over the years to become the largest independent telephone company in South Dakota and the 35th largest telecommunications company in the nation. The company now employs nearly 350 people statewide offering services ranging from local and long distance telephone service, high-speed and wireless Internet, cable television, 24-hour answering service, Internet help desk, networking services, wholesale Internet services, paging and business phone systems to digital video recorders and security monitoring.