Our membership relies heavily on transportation whether it be for the food we eat to the gas we buy, transportation of goods and services is the bloodline of our community. Trucks, trains and planes import and export goods and services for our community to take advantage of throughout the year. I was surprised to find out how many soy and corn product trucks run past Brookings on route 14 by-pass as well as the number of gas and food trucks that move throughout the community on a daily bases.
Brookings is fortunate to have a strong business culture that expects a high level of service through products that are purchased on a day to day basis. We buy milk, fill our vehicles up with gas and eat at our local restaurants with little or no thought to how the products arrive in Brookings. Transportation of goods and services throughout the U.S. is a multi-billion dollar industry and in South Dakota on an annual basis $27 billion in goods are shipped from sites in South Dakota and another $28 billion in goods are shipped to sites in South Dakota, mostly by truck. This is a healthy contribution to the economic viability of our state, especially to the east center region.
It is important to continue to support our local businesses because the bloodline of our goods and services depend on the dollars that are spent at home. The next time you pass an oil truck, honk and wave with a big thank you.