STURGIS | Outgoing Sturgis Economic Development Corp. President Pat Kurtenbach was recently named Partner of the Year by the Rushmore Region Economic Development Alliance.
Kurtenbach, the former chairwoman of the RREDA who is retiring at the end of the year, was lauded for her ongoing efforts to promote economic development in the Black Hills area.
“We hired Pat in the summer of 2010,” Paul Bisson, Board President of Sturgis Economic Development, noted in a video presentation of the award. “We hired here with a great deal of optimism. We had a very thorough search and she was the shining star of that group. We were very optimistic that she would be a good fit for us, but I must say she far exceeded our expectations.”
Bisson commended Kurtenbach’s efforts on behalf of Sturgis and Meade County over the past eight years, and the video noted she had been a good friend of the Rushmore Region Economic Development Alliance and all of the Black Hills.