The 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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Andrea Powers
Executive Director
Southern Hills Economic Development Corp.
Cheyenne McGriff
Economic Development Director
City of Wall
Hollie Stalder
Executive Director
Belle Fourche Economic Development Corp.
Lori Frederick
Executive Director
Deadwood-Lead Economic Development
Mutch Usera
Sr. Program Manager
Black Hills Power
Benjamin Snow
Rapid City Economic Development Partnership
Pat Kurtenbach
Sturgis Economic Development Corp.
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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...
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Spearfish Plaza (Lease)
Available lease space (1,335sf) consists of three (3) private offices, large open space (suitable for administrative workstations), bathrooms and storage room. Office space was formally used as a call...
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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
"We moved from Michigan to Sturgis, SD in 1995 after looking at several other states."
"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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