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June 27, 2018

Two Belle Fourche Programs Develop Leaders

Two Belle Fourche Programs Develop Leaders

BELLE FOURCHE | Last fall, Leadership Belle Fourche kicked off with 13 community members on the team, which concluded with all of them graduating in May. And these new leaders are already serving in the community.
One Leadership participant is now on Belle Fourche City Council, two are on the Belle Fourche Development Corp. Board of Directors, one is on the Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and others are leading a community-wide development effort by joining our Guiding Team for Empower Belle Fourche.

The program, a collaborative effort of the Belle Fourche Development Corp. and the Chamber of Commerce, is designed to educate community members for a well-rounded community leadership roles.

Class members included: Judy Petera of Ring Container, Matt Moore - CBH, Cassie Carlson – NH Federal Credit Union, Chad Pelster of First Interstate Bank, Julie Wingen – Pain and Movement Solutions Physical Therapy, Melissa Scofield – BH Energy, Travis Martin – BH Title, Breanna Schaefer – City of Belle Fourche, Lisa Nelson – Butte County, Wendy Bowers – Duke Boston State Farm, Kathy Leipold, Craig Knapp – Belle Fourche Subway & Dairy Queen, and McKenzie Hennessey – Keller Williams Realty.

On Jan. 18, 67 Belle Fourche residents embarked on a community development journey. The first step was a day-and-a-half-long session that spurred thoughts for the vision of Belle Fourche’s future. The day’s events challenged thoughts, brought out hopes and fears, and took participants through the first steps of building the foundation for the community’s future by engaging more people from all walks of life from the town and surrounding area. The goal is to build relationships and trust to enable problem solving, and promote the engagement and align partners to be at the table as equals. The program will be ongoing over the next two years.

For more information on how to be involved, contact Hollie Stalder at the Belle Fourche Development Corp.: 605-892-5065, or Gary at the Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce: 605-892-2676.

Our Partners

  • Black Hills Council of Local Governments


  • Heart of the Hills Economic Development


  • Black Hills Community Economic Development


  • Hill City


  • Sturgis Chamber of Commerce


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