SEDC Update August 30, 2018

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AUGUST 30, 2018

The SEDC Semi-Annual Meeting of Members

will be Tues., Oct. 23rd, 12:00-1:00 pm, at the Boulder Canyon Convention Center (next to the Baymont Inn) in Sturgis. During this luncheon, discussion will center on general development and the Board will gather input from members. Invitations will be sent out the first of October. As always, membership feedback will be taken into consideration at the annual board retreat later in the year.

THANKS TO YOU…

It’s been another busy summer in Sturgis and Meade County. Sales tax revenues, as well as residential and commercial construction, continue to be strong. Below is a quick snapshot of some of the new business start-ups, relocations, expansions and planned expansions. Thank you to these business owners for their investment. Thank you to everyone who shops locally and supports them.

The Knuckle – The Knuckle Brewing Company is expanding – again! The owners purchased a 1+ acre site off Exit 32 on Anna Street, immediately south of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They are in the design process to engineer the building and site, and expect to be brewing by next summer. This facility will allow The Knuckle to take advantage of 2018 legislation allowing microbreweries to increase production volumes and expand distribution channels. The expansion will provide even greater exposure for both The Knuckle and Sturgis.


Indian Motorcycle Sturgis – The dealership experienced another expansion this summer with the construction a freestanding 5,700 sq. ft. retail display building on the Sturgis campus at 2130 Main Street. Indian Motorcycle Sturgis first opened in 2014; their flagship store was built in 2015.


Liberty Chevrolet – Earlier this month, Don and Max Patnoe purchased Hersrud’s of Sturgis from David Hersrud. With the name change, Liberty Chevrolet joins the Rapid City-based Liberty Superstores, which include Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, Fiat, Mazda, Hyundai, Volkswagen and Mitsubishi brands. The sale did not include the New Holland franchise nor Hersrud’s of Belle Fourche. Liberty Superstore General Manager Max Patnoe says, “We’re excited to be part of the Sturgis community!” David Hersrud will remain on site during the transition.


Sturgis Guns & Sturgis Powersports – Earlier this month, owners Justin & Tammy Bohn relocated to their new 3,100 sq. ft. facility at 20580 Fort Meade Way. In addition to retail firearms-related products and services, and aftermarket parts and accessories for motorcycles, UTVs and ATVs, the Bohn’s also offer U-Haul and FedEx services this location. Plans are underway to renovate the Buffalo Chip’s outdoor shooting range to offer additional shooting options.


Lucy’s Nearly New Shop – Owner Dixie Olson renovated her Properties Unlimited real estate sales office to accommodate Lucy’s growth needs. Lucy’s has expanded their clothing, accessories and housewares inventory, and offers only “nearly new” items. For more info, call 347-5623, or shop 2320 Junction Ave. Suite B or find them on facebook


Allison Real Estate – Broker/owner Jim Allison recently opened his real estate office at 1010 Ballpark Road, Suite 1. Jim specializes in residential sales and development. He has only seven lots available in Vernon Heights II subdivision, as well as access to all MLS listings in the region. Jim can be reached at 381-3068 or jallison@rushmore.com


eXp Realty – Dan Jacobsen recently opened Dan Jacobsen Realty at 1940 Junction Avenue. Dan specializes in residential real estate and commercial land. He can be reached at 490-1663 or dan.jacobsen@exprealty.com Dan is located next door to Eddie Heisinger’s new American Family Insurance office.


NAPA Auto Parts/Sturgis Tire Pros – NAPA Auto Parts recently relocated to 2324 Junction Avenue. This retail expansion also allows owners Larry and Jim Heil to incorporate a customer auto care center for their new business next door – Sturgis Tire Pros. Their Sturgis staff of three has grown to seven, and is expected to continue to increase. Larry says, “Everyone in Sturgis has been great to work with.” To make your appointment for tires, lube, alignments, brakes, air conditioning, and mechanics, call 720-8315.

Northern Hills Gymnastics, LLC – Owner Mieke Bruch broke ground in August on an 11,250 sq. ft. building at 3240 Vanocker Canyon Road to house her new business. When the building is completed in early 2019, students and parents will no longer need to travel out of town for this service. Click
www.northernhillsgymnastics.com to keep up to date on the progress or follow the construction on Facebook.

HOUSING UPDATES

Sierra Vista Apartments – A sprinkling of 2-, 3-, and 4-bedroom/bath combos are available for lease. This pet-friendly facility on Ballpark Road in Sturgis is a low maintenance, economical housing option for people of all ages. For leasing info, contact Help-U-Rent at 722-7368 or visit help-u-rent.net

Dolan Creek – Construction in Phase I is nearly complete, and Phase II continues ahead of projections. Sixty one lots in the 106-lot project have been sold. The Dolan Creek group would like to thank all builders, realtors and buyers involved in this successful residential development. For more information, contact developer member Brad Hammerbeck at 381-4577 or bradhammerbeck@gmail.com

Senior Independent Living – The facility’s developer and manager continue to define the details of the project. While their goal of a 2018 summer construction start has been delayed, they expect to break ground in Spring 2019 on Phase I of a 60-unit independent living campus adjacent to Aspen Grove Assisted Living.

Wildflowers Townhomes – The open house/ribbon cutting originally planned for September 25th has been temporarily postponed. It will be rescheduled when construction on the first four units has been completed. For leasing information, contact owner Peggy Heuston at (361) 563-2522 or heustonpeggy@gmail.com

CALLING ALL ENTREPRENEURS


Get your suits and shirts ready! The Innovation Expo will come to Rapid City October 9. This conference focuses on connecting entrepreneurs, innovators, angel investors, venture capitalists, and the many others who are involved in developing startup companies. The event will consist of speakers, breakout sessions, and networking focusing on the entrepreneurial community. For more details and to register, visit their website at http://sdinnovationexpo.com/

Pat Kurtenbach, SEDC President

SEDC is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

SEDC Update July 2018

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JULY, 2018

 

New SEDC board member.

Jeff Dragseth, General Manager of CBH Cooperative, regretfully resigned his SEDC board position in May. Since CBH acquired the Gillette, WY operation in May, Jeff has needed to focus on merging and structuring the organizations. According to SEDC bylaws, the SEDC board can appoint someone to fill a vacancy until the next Annual Meeting of Members. Karen Simmons, CPA, has accepted this board appointment. Please join us in welcoming Karen to the SEDC board. Sturgis MotoCruzin USA is expanding. They have leased the 9,600 sq. ft. SEDC spec building in the Sturgis Industrial Park. The building is being completed to their specifications and will be ready within 8-10 weeks. Sturgis MotoCruzin USA was formed in August 2016 as a licensed manufacturer, marketer and distributor of Motopeds and have since continued to expand their product offerings. For the last two years, they have been leasing the rear portion of the Samson Exhaust building in the Sturgis Industrial Park.

Construction numbers as of June 30.

Sturgis and Meade County new construction permits continue in growth mode. In Sturgis, the value of new commercial construction is already double that of all
2017. The City’s total value of all new permits YTD is $10.2M, compared to $10.4M for all 2017. Meade County issued 133 building permits (the same number as last YTD), totaling $10.9M. This is on track to exceed 2017’s total of $20.1M.

Wildflower Townhomes

will host a community ribbon cutting and open house on Tuesday, September 25, 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Food and beverages will be served. Please join in welcoming developer/owners Tim and Peggy Heuston to Sturgis. Wildflower Townhomes is located at the corner of Fulton and Boulevard Streets.

SEDC executive director search.

The SEDC Personnel Committee is reviewing the applicants and starting the interview process. Our goal is to have the new director hired and on staff no later than October 1. This would allow at least a 3-month transition period for Pat to train with the new director.

Main Street sculpture and benches.

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On June 27th, the Downtown Sturgis Foundation unveiled the latest permanent sculpture to adorn Sturgis Main Street. This life-size bronze statue depicts champion hill climber and dirt bike racer Joe Petrali on his 1-mile, 136.183 mph record-setting run at Daytona in 1937. The statue was strategically placed in the bump-out in front of Wells Fargo Bank welcoming everyone to Legendary Main Street. The inscriptions on the granite base recognize individuals and organizations involved in its placement.

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Along with permanent artwork, the new Sturgis Main Street will include benches with matching trash receptacles. With a tax deductible donation to the Downtown Sturgis Foundation, residents, organizations, businesses, etc. can purchase a bench with a personalized bronze plaque. The first five benches are ordered and will be installed this fall. SEDC financially contributed to both the bronze sculpture and a Main Street bench, and encourages others to also participate in this exciting downtown revitalization project.

Pat Kurtenbach, SEDC President

SEDC is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

SEDC President to Retire; Position Posted Here

STURGIS (6.8.2018) —At the annual board retreat of the Sturgis Economic Development Corp, SEDC President Pat Kurtenbach announced her plans to retire at the end of 2018. Kurtenbach has been at the helm of SEDC since 2010. The SEDC Board will begin a nationwide search this month for her replacement.

While Kurtenbach is looking forward to a slower pace, she plans to stay active in development and community activities.  Kurtenbach states, “One thing that has been apparent to me over the past eight years is the deep sense of community pride. With the help of many organizations and individuals, SEDC has been able to make significant contributions. I want to continue to be a part of that positive growth for our future.”

To apply, or for more information, click  Executive Director Job Description or contact

Paul Bisson, SEDC Board Chair

605-490-1160

pbisson@rushmore.com  

 

Sturgis reaping the fruits of their labor

STURGIS (4.10.2018) — Ten years ago, residents of Sturgis, business owners and city officials gathered at a town-hall meeting to talk about a plan for their community’s future. Sturgis Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) President Pat Kurtenbach remembers that as a watershed moment for Sturgis.

The Future Sturgis Initiative, funded in part by SEDC, defined a grass-roots movement charged with identifying areas of improvement to enhance Sturgis’ live-ability index. Its recommendations were incorporated into the Sturgis Comprehensive Plan and today form the platform for many of the city’s business- and growth-friendly decisions.

Speaking at SEDC’s annual board meeting Tuesday, Kurtenbach said many of those in attendance were involved in the Future Sturgis Initiative. “It’s hard to believe that it has only been 10 years and to look at the changes that have happened in that time is incredible,” she said.

At the time of the town-hall meeting, residents said they wanted more and better amenities for their community. “Those listening session turned into action. That action led to change, and the change led to where we are today. I see us as a pacesetter,” she said.

Kurtenbach said she recently visited Hot Springs at their economic development annual meeting when a speaker made reference to the Future Sturgis Initiative.

“They are going through a Future Sturgis at the moment,” she said. “They are trying to identify who they want to be when they grow up. They know about what steps we have taken over the past 10 years.”

People in the region look to what has happened in Sturgis as an example of what can happen economically when a community does strategic planning and forges partnerships, Kurtenbach said.

Scott Stern, the commissioner of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, agreed and said Sturgis has been a shining example of a community that controlled its own destiny.

He also lauded the efforts of Kurtenbach for the community’s economic development success.

“You guys don’t know what a gem you have,” he said. “She works tirelessly not just for your community, but she has worked very hard to make this state a better place.”

Stern said it requires very vigorous and strategic activity to succeed in economic development. “Economic development does not happen on its own. It just doesn’t show up someday,” said Stern, the keynote speaker at Tuesday’s meeting.

At the state level, the GOED office has doubled its community development representation in the past year. “We felt it was very important to be more closely connected with our communities,” Stern said. “If we don’t understand what is going on in a community we can’t help them and vice versa.” And it’s that collaboration that is key to success in economic development in South Dakota, Stern said.

Reprinted courtesy of Deb Holland, Black Hills Pioneer

Students learn from reverse career day

STURGIS (3/27/2018)— Now in its sixth year, the reverse career day is a chance for Sturgis Brown High School students to learn first-hand about modern manufacturing processes. The program takes place at the Sturgis Industrial Park, which hosts several businesses that depend on machinists. Following the first reverse career day, the Meade School District realized there was a need for skilled machinists. Chad Hedderman, who at the time was the SBHS welding teacher and now is assistant principal at SBHS, said that every business they visited that first year had a computer operated mill or lathe-making parts. “They told us they couldn’t find workers to run them, even though the starting wage was $20-25 per hour,” he said.

The school district applied for and received a $90,000 economic development grant and also an additional $100,000 grant from the state through its Future Fund to purchase equipment. The Sturgis Economic Development Corporation also received a $99,999 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development that helped with the construction costs associated with building a facility in the industrial park. It now houses the high school machining class.

This year, 30 students, five faculty, and two school board members participated in the reverse career day. They learned about the machining process including software programming, CNC programming, and product development. Participants also learned about the coursework required for entry-level success, aptitude, and skill sets necessary to be successful.

Bar-Sto Precision Machine was one of the businesses on the tour, which owner Irv Stone brought to Sturgis eight years ago. The family-owned and operated business manufacturers pistol barrels and also does custom gun building. “We strive to provide the very best and most consistent product on the market,” he told the students.

Stone whole-heartedly supports the reverse career day program and has hired three Sturgis Brown High School students who have come through the machining program. “The benefit of this program is we get to keep the kids here where they can start their career, maybe raise a family, and stay local,” Stone said.

Sturgis Economic Development Corporation President Pat Kurtenbach refers to that practice as “growing our own.” “Here in the industrial park, we are able to train our own future workforce in basic machine tool technology to get them a faster start into the workforce once they graduate from high school,” Kurtenbach said. She said metal-related manufacturing is a large part of Sturgis’s industrial sector and is a huge contributor to the local economy each year.

Student Danae Woods said she was interested in manufacturing because although she wants to be a teacher, she plans to do welding in the summer months. Student Samantha Reicher said machining is part of her family’s heritage. “My dad has been building guns since he was little. I think it’s cool. I find it interesting,” she said.

Reprint courtesy of Deb Holland, Black Hills Pioneer 

Sturgis Touts Development Opportunities

STURGIS (3.2.2018) — No pompoms or hometown pennants were waved, but a gathering to promote economic opportunities in Sturgis Tuesday had the feel of an old-time pep rally.

City Manager Daniel Ainslie and Sturgis Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) Director Pat Kurtenbach served as cheerleaders, giving an overview of past development successes and opportunities ripe for the picking.

“We’re getting the word out to let people know what we need,” Kurtenbach said. “It also helps people to understand where we have been and where we are headed.”

After the results of a housing study back in 2014 showed the need for all types of housing in Sturgis, the city and SEDC sought out developers to come build homes. “We had three developers come in who have added $35 million in construction following that,” Kurtenbach said.

Invites for Tuesday’s event were sent to contractors who are registered in Meade County as well as to larger construction contractors from Spearfish and Rapid City. Kurtenbach said she was pleased with the turnout and hopes it will result in some follow-up calls from contractors.

“Until we sit down at the table and talk to developers about what their plans are and what we are able to offer them, we won’t know what’s possible,” she said.

The meeting was a way of putting the hook in the water, Kurtenbach said. “It was our way of saying, ‘Take a look at us,’” she said.

Among those in attendance were Bradley Kurtz, president of Dean Kurtz Construction of Rapid City, along with Stephen Burgess, the company’s vice president of operations. Kurtz said he found the information presented valuable. “It’s a little bit surprising at how aggressive they are getting, including providing incentives to get things going here,” he said.

Sturgis currently has about 240 acres of varying sized properties available for sale for both commercial and residential development, Ainslie said. Some measure only a quarter acre on land adjacent Junction Avenue to 30 acres on either side Lazelle Street near Interstate 90’s Exit 30.

Among incentives offered to developers is Meade County’s 100 percent, five-year property tax abatement on commercial construction and on four-plex and larger housing.

Ainslie said the city also works to expedite its permitting process for developers along with offering tax increment finance districts, offers of revolving loan funds and flexible zoning.

“If you have specifics for a project, especially commercial, we would be happy to look at how we can assist you,” Ainslie said. “We don’t just have a package that we provide everyone. We want to meet with you to see what your needs are and how we might be able to fulfill those.”

For a copy of the complete presentation and available properties, click here.

Reprint courtesy of Deb Holland, BH Pioneer

Rushmore Region Economic Development Alliance Plans Workshops

 

RAPID CITY (3.5.2018) | Elected officials, local leaders and economic development professionals will gather in two Black Hills towns April 4-5, to learn more about attracting new businesses to their communities.

Hosted by the Rushmore Region Economic Development Alliance, the workshops titled, “Preparing Today for Tomorrow’s Growth,” will allow elected officials, local community leaders, and economic developers to gauge their preparedness to respond to businesses looking to relocate and to better understand what those businesses are seeking, said Rushmore Region Chair Pat Kurtenbach of Sturgis.

“We’re bringing in nationally recognized professional business consultant Janet Ady of Ady Advantage to provide an insider’s perspective in the site selection process,” Kurtenbach said. “This is an opportunity for all of our communities to grade ourselves, understand our capacities, and better position us to attract businesses to the Rushmore Region.”

The free half-day sessions are set for April 4 in Hot Springs and April 5 in Spearfish, Kurtenbach said. They will allow participants to gain an insider’s perspective of what businesses look for when they consider choosing a new location, understand site-selection mega-trends, explore special considerations for economic development in our region, and learn how to market to site selectors, she noted.

Ady Advantage, a Madison, Wis.-based economic development and marketing consulting firm, has worked with dozens of communities and companies throughout the U.S. to identify “best-practices” and help its clients position themselves for growth, Kurtenbach said. 

For more information, or to register, go online at rushmoreregion.com/advantage.