Rushmore Region Economic Development Alliance

The Rushmore Region Economic Development Alliance is a partnership of Chamber and Economic Development organizations throughout the Black Hills of South Dakota which work together to foster and promote a stronger and more diverse economy. With our site selection services and database of companies and properties in the area, the Rushmore Region Alliance assists existing businesses, companies considering the Rushmore Region for the first time, and startup enterprises. 

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The Rushmore Region Economic Development Alliance provides consulting, financial resources, and other services to support the growth and success of exisiting businesses, as well as businesses relocating to the region.

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Cheyenne McGriff
Economic Development Director
City of Wall
Chris VanNess
Asst. EDC Coordinator
Heart of the Hills EDC
Hollie Stalder
Executive Director
Belle Fourche Economic Development Corp.
Lori Frederick
Executive Director
Deadwood-Lead Economic Development
Mutch Usera
Sr. Program Manager
Black Hills Energy
Kory Menken
Executive Director
Spearfish Economic Development Corporation
Benjamin Snow
Rapid City Economic Development Partnership
Pat Kurtenbach
Sturgis Economic Development Corp.
Andrea Powers
Executive Director
Southern Hills Economic Development Corp.
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1st Ave. Strip Mall (Lease)
Busiest Street in Spearfish. Located next to Super Walmart, this property is located in a high traffic/high visible street (10,000 cars per day). Current tenants include Maurices, Verizon Cellular, Anytime...
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Robinson Strip Mall Suite #3 (Lease)
Property is located immediately in front of Wal-Mart and within close proximity to area hotels, convention ctr. and business park. Co-tenants include Subway, Cost Cutters and a music store. Class A retail...
Recent Newsview all
February 27, 2017
Rapid City, S.D. – Consolidated Construction Co. Inc., a full-service design/build firm headquartered in Appleton, Wis., announces the opening of its new office and newly hired staff in Rapid City, where the company has been completing construction projects for nearly a decade.
January 06, 2017
Sturgis, SD (1/6/2017) Shooting, hunting and outdoor activities are alive and well in South Dakota, and this January, members of the Rushmore Region Economic Development Alliance will be working to further support the industry in our state.
October 07, 2016
BELLE FOURCHE --  Sen. John Thune and Gov. Dennis Daugaard were on hand Oct. 6 for ceremonies marking the completion of the Belle Fourche Rail Park. The celebration, which coincided with Manufacturing Week, included tours of Belle's manufacturing companies.
October 01, 2016
STURGIS, SD – Sturgis MotoCruzin USA, producer of a complete line of motorized bicycles, will start production in Sturgis in October.
September 15, 2016
SPEARFISH -- The School of Business at Black Hills State University was recently named one of the “Most Affordable Undergraduate Business Schools, 2016,” in a list published by College Choice.
August 30, 2016
RAPID CITY -- CNBC, the cable network that specializes in business news, has ranked South Dakota the No. 2 state in the nation for Business Friendliness. In the Cost of Doing-Business, the state ranked No. 4 among the 50 states.
August 29, 2016
A new $6.3 million Deadwood Welcome Center, currently under construction near the gateway to the city’s historic downtown district, will begin greeting visitors in May 2017. 
August 24, 2016
BELLE FOURCHE -- Runnings, the general merchandize retailer with stores throughout the Upper Midwest, recently opened a newly built store in Belle Fourche. The 60,000 square-foot store, more than four times the size of Runnings' previous Belle Fourche location, will employ about 40 people.
August 06, 2016
HOT SPRINGS -- The American Solar Challenge Formula Sun Grand Prix, an automobile race powered strictly by solar electricity, rolled through Hot Springs this summer en route the the finish line at Wind Cave National Park just n...
August 04, 2016
STURGIS -- A number of motorcycle-related businesses have made the Black Hills their permanent home in recent years. The Rushmore Region Economic Development Alliance hopes to further that trend by meeting with industry entrepreneurs and executives during the 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
August 01, 2016
STURGIS, SD – Enviro Shield Products, Inc., a manufacturer of spill containment products for the oil industry, is relocating from Williston, ND, to the Sturgis Industrial Park.
July 22, 2016
SPEARFISH, S.D. -- Engineers behind Quarq and RockShox will bring ShockWiz to life. Dusty Dynamics’ Nigel Wade continues to work full-time on the project.
June 27, 2016
Custer, SD – Jacque Buchanan, Acting Regional Forester for the Rocky Mountain Region, announced Mark Van Every as the new Black Hills National Forest Supervisor in Custer, S.D.
June 23, 2016
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Alongside national brands like L.L. Bean and Yelp!, Forbes named Black Hills Corp. to its America’s Best Midsize Employers 2016 list. The list is a subset of its “America’s Best Employers of 2016.”
May 19, 2016
STURGIS –  Rasmussen Mechanical Services, a major supplier of mechanical services and parts in the Midwest, has broken ground on its new facility in the Sturgis Industrial Park. 
May 18, 2016
LEAD — The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment proposed for the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, will be part of the first truly international mega science project hosted by the United States, according to the scientists putting the project together.
May 11, 2016
STURGIS -- The Black Hills of South Dakota have become a Mecca for guns-and-ammo manufacturing. At last count, 32 firearms and ammunition companies were doing business in the Black Hills. 
May 04, 2016
RAPID CITY -- A $90 million upgrade to the GCC Dacotah Cement Plant in Rapid City will increase cement production to 1.3 million tons per year and switch part of the operation to burn materials other than coal.
April 27, 2016
SPEARFISH -- Polaris Industries, the outdoor motor sports giant and maker of Victory and Indian motorcycle brands, has expanded its operations to Spearfish. The company converted the former Lehman Trike plant into a paint facility for motorcycle tanks, fenders and frames.
April 20, 2016
BELLE FOURCHE – Two projects underway on the northern edge of Belle Fourche will have a positive impact on the Rushmore Region economy for years to come.
April 11, 2016

STURGIS, SD – Xtreme Dakota Bicycles, a new full-service bicycle shop, will open the first part of May in downtown Sturgis. The 3,000 sq. ft. retail store will be located at 920 Harley-Davidson Way. A grand opening will be planned later in May.

March 18, 2016
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard is making two stops in the region to celebrate major economic development announcements. First, the Governor will be in Rapid City, S.D., to help GCC Dacotah break ground on its new expansion, then on to Spearfish to cut the ribbon at the new Polaris ...
February 02, 2016
CUSTER, SD - The Black Hills National Forest will host a FREE seminar for area small businesses interested in providing equipment, supplies and services to support wildland firefighting efforts. The event will be held Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Great Plains In...
January 29, 2016
HOT SPRINGS — The first residents of the new South Dakota State Veterans Home have moved into their new facility. It has 52 skilled nursing beds on the main level and 48 non-skilled residential living beds on the second floo...
January 21, 2016
STURGIS, SD  – Irving Stone III, owner of Bar-Sto Precision Machine, was the honored recipient of the 2016 “Pistolsmith of the Year” award by the American Pistolsmiths Guild (APG).
January 08, 2016
DEADWOOD — Deadwood-Lead Economic Development, the city of Deadwood and the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce recently broke ground for a new $6.3 million welcome center near the gateway to the city’s historic downtown district.
December 29, 2015
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- South Dakota’s real state and local taxes for new and existing businesses are among the lowest in the nation, according to a report from the Tax Foundation and the KPMG accounting firm.
December 28, 2015

BELLE FOURCHE -- Efficiencies are key to success in the oil industry, and Permian Lide’s Belle Fourche plant expansion, known as Phase 2, focuses on a major efficiency in the company’s tank production by bringi...

December 16, 2015
STURGIS  –  Bailly Enright, a recent graduate of the Sturgis-based Desiree and Company School of Beauty, opened Sage Brush Salon in Faith in December. The new business is located in the Keffeler Kreations building at 115 North Avenue West.
November 24, 2015
A number of new housing and commercial development projects have emerged in Sturgis as the area accommodates new growth. 
November 18, 2015
CHICAGO -- A team from the Rushmore Region Economic Development Alliance traveled to Chicago in November for the 2015 FabTech Expo, the largest fabrication and metal works technology show in the United States.
November 03, 2015
Livability, the website dedicated to helping people find the right place to live, has ranked Rapid City No. 9 on its list of 10 Best Places to Retire.
November 02, 2015
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Lehigh Defense, LLC, based in Quakertown, Pa., is expanding to Rapid City. After considering South Dakota, Texas and Minnesota, owner David Fricke found South Dakota to be the ideal location for his company’s expansion. And in the Rushmore Region, a hotbed for the f...
October 23, 2015
BELLE FOURCHE – The Bureau of Land Management’s South Dakota Field Office will anchor the eastern gateway to the Belle Fourche Industrial & Rail Park with new office and storage facilities.
October 20, 2015
MINNEAPOLIS -- Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE:PII) today announced it purchased the facility and paint equipment in Spearfish, S.D., a plant used by Lehman Trikes, prior to Lehman’s move to California.
October 05, 2015
SPEARFISH, S.D. -- Two new certificate programs offered by Black Hills State University-Rapid City are strategically filling workforce gaps in the Black Hills community.
September 22, 2015
BELLE FOURCHE -- The city of Belle Fourche will receive a $350,000 local infrastructure improvement grant towards rail in the Belle Fourche Industrial & Rail Park. The grant was approved recently by the South Dakota Board of Economic Development.
September 10, 2015
STURGIS -- Lockwood Engineering, doing business as Sifton Racing Cams and Black Widow Cams, plan to relocate from Littleton, CO, to Sturgis, the Sturgis Economic Development Corp announced.
July 22, 2015

SPEARFISH, S.D. (7/22/15) — Which state has the highest “real" minimum wage in the country? South Dakota, according to a story by Washington Post blogger Niraj Chokshi. His report is one of three recent st...

July 07, 2015
STURGIS, SD – A ribbon cutting and groundbreaking ceremony for Dolan Creek Estates will be Friday, July 10, at 4:00 pm at the site located at Dolan Creek Road and Pine Glenn Drive. The public is invited to attend and meet Dolan Creek LLC developers to learn more about this exciting resident...
June 30, 2015
BOX ELDER, S.D. – Advance Health, based in Chantilly, Va., announced today that Ellsworth Air Force Base will be the site for its third location, and the company expects to fill more than 200 jobs during the next three to five years.
June 25, 2015
SPEARFISH, S.D., -- Black Hills State University has proposed a broad-based package of initiatives to create or improve university programs to increase educational opportunities, stimulate economic activity and meet statewide teacher preparation challenges.
June 05, 2015
Twenty years ago, the idea still persisted that quality wines can’t be produced in the high, dry climate of western South Dakota. That has been decidedly proven wrong. 
June 04, 2015
STURGIS -- Since 1938, bikers have been coming to Sturgis to watch motorcycle races, admire well-made machinery, swap stories and enjoy the open roads of the Black Hills. This year, the 75th Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ could attract as many as 1.2 million bikers. 
June 04, 2015
A small manufacturing firm in Spearfish is having a big impact on the world of competitive bicycling. The company, Quarq, makes specialized power meters that help riders measure and improve their performance.
June 03, 2015
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- New advances in the cold-spray application of metals, developed at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, significantly reduce the cost to repair and refurbish machinery. The Department of Defense plans to deploy the technology to repair military equipment in the field...
June 02, 2015
SPEARFISH -- To promote additional economic development, enhance the regional tax base, and create new jobs, representatives from the Rushmore Region were among the more than 1,000 communities and 35,000 retail real estate professionals who recently traveled to Las Vegas in May to attend RECon, t...
May 31, 2015
RAPID CITY -- The University Center at Rapid City has long been considered by many to be a branch campus of Black Hills State University, 45 miles away in Spearfish. Although other state universities offer programs there, BHSU has delivered roughly 90 percent of the classes taught at the campus.
May 26, 2015
STURGIS, S.D. -- Sioux Steel will soon be manufacturing livestock and horse handling equipment at the Sturgis Industrial Park. The company recently moved and expanded its HiQual Livestock Equipment manufacturing division to Sturgis.
May 22, 2015
DEADWOOD -- In 2014, taxable sales attributed to tourism in South Dakota totaled nearly $732 million, and the Rushmore Region brought in the lion’s share of those sales, according to state revenue figures. 
March 19, 2015
RAPID CITY -- For the officers of B9 Creations, a Rapid City-based 3D printing company, their new venture is a chance to return to the Black Hills.
March 18, 2015
At its annual meeting in January, Spearfish Economic Development (SEDC) unveiled the community’s plans to construct a new 40,000 square foot “spec building” in the Spearfish Business & Industry Park. 
March 18, 2015
RAPID CITY -- Black Hills Corp. will construct a new $70 million corporate headquarters in its home town, according to a post on the company's website.
March 18, 2015
A pair of upcoming petroleum industry conferences will give Rushmore Region officials an opportunity to promote the region as a good location to serve oil-and-gas plays in the Williston Basin of North Dakota, Montana and Saskatchewan, as well as the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and the Niobrara ...
March 17, 2015
RAPID CITY (3/17/15) -- Adams ISC is moving its Rapid City operation next door to the Deadwood Avenue space formerly home to Rapid Chevrolet. 
March 13, 2015
Just nine months after it opened a facility in Belle Fourche, Permian Tank & Manufacturing Inc. is expanding its operation, more than doubling the size of its facility.
March 12, 2015
HOT SPRINGS -- The new $41.2 million Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home, now under construction, will ensure that Hot Springs’ 125-year tradition of care for military veterans...
February 25, 2015
The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology announced today that $1.4 million has been raised for its new Energy Resources Initiative, and the search will begin for a director. 
February 05, 2015
Interesting Associated Press story this week about oil giants Exxon and Chevron planning to increase production despite the fall in oil prices. Sounds crazy, but it makes...
December 29, 2014
To people in the firearms industry, the annual SHOT (Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade) Show in Las Vegas is the National Finals Rodeo, the Super Bowl and Woodstock all rolled into one event. More than 65,000 industry professionals from all 50 states and 100 countries will be on hand at the Jan...
December 26, 2014
The Black Hills Regional Angel Fund has invested in Rapid City-based Oat Tech, the company behind OatSweet, a new food sweetner made from oats.
December 23, 2014
STURGIS, S.D. -- Rushmore Region high school students with an interest in metal manufacturing will have a head start on becoming machinists through a new Career & Technical Education (CTE) program from Sturgis Brown High School.
December 12, 2014
RAPID CITY SD. (12/12/14) -- South Dakota has again led all 50 states in the Small Business Policy Index, which ranks the states according to 42 different tax, regulatory and government spending measures deemed important to the success of entrepreneurs.
December 04, 2014
It has been said that South Dakota young people are the state's biggest export, but recent statistics from the South Daktoa Board of Regents show that the opposite is true.
October 10, 2014
One year after its Spearfish call center collapsed under heavy snow during winter storm Atlas, business services company TMone has an agreement with the City of Spearfish to lease space in a new 40,000-square-foot building on the site of the old center.
May 15, 2014
An alliance of Black Hills business, government and economic development leaders have banded together to create a new marketing initiative that will leverage the resources of 21 different organizations into a single entity called the Rushmore Region Alliance.
April 25, 2014
With its location on an interstate, pleasant weather and business-friendly climate, economic development officials believe the Rushmore Region is in a prime spot to lure more energy-related industry, even if the oil and gas is in other states.
April 15, 2014
Gov. Dennis Daugaard recognized individuals and communities alike for their achievements and contributions to economic development in South Dakota at the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) annual conference.  
Success Storiesview all
If someone needs a set of pistons for a vintage 1936 Indian Chief motorcycle, chances are they will be buying it from Jerry Greer’s Engineering in Deadwood, SD. 
For Rob Mudge of RPM & Associates, the Rushmore Region is home. Even though almost all of his clients are outside South Dakota, he’s staying here.
"We moved from Michigan to Sturgis, SD in 1995 after looking at several other states."
Jim Meyer, founder of Quarq, a world leader in bicycle technology, said Spearfish is a perfect mix of outdoor fun and business opportunity. 
"When I was searching for the perfect location to grow our call center I was focused on finding the best people first, Rapid City seemed like the most obvious choice."
“In today’s political environment of being over taxed and over regulated, it is a pleasure to operate a business in South Dakota where the state government does everything it can to help you be successful."
“I grew up riding the trails here – and I’m staying because riding is still my passion and my business."
“I feel very fortunate that I could practice medicine anywhere I choose, but I chose to practice here in Rapid City for numerous reasons..."
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