The Broken Bean Coffee House Re-opens

STURGIS, SD (12/13/2016) – The Broken Bean Coffee House, located at 1125 Junction Avenue, Sturgis re-opens Monday, December 19 at 7:00 am.

After a five year hiatus, owners Deborah and Robert Quinonez have renovated the interior dining areas to include a gift shop. Exterior renovations to the historical structure include a paved surface drive-thru and porch seating.

Hours for the drive-thru, dining area and gift shop will be Monday-Saturday 7:00 am – 1:00 pm; closed Sunday.

Rental space will be available for meetings and events.

The new menu will include made-to-order espresso, coffees, teas and other drinks, as well as, gourmet breakfast quiches, sandwiches, burritos and assorted pastries and desserts.

Owner Deborah Quinonez says, “The Coffee House was built in 1910 by local blacksmith Howard Marshall and his wife Alice, who enjoyed hosting festive parties. Over 100 years later, Robert and I want to re-create a fun, relaxing atmosphere in which to continue the tradition of enjoying old friends and making new ones.”

SEDC President Pat Kurtenbach states, “The Broken Bean Coffee House will offer a unique year-round dining experience for residents and visitors. We are excited to welcome the Quinonez’s quaint coffee house back to Sturgis.”

 

SEDC DECEMBER NEWSLETTER

WELCOME NEW INVESTORS

Please join the SEDC Board of Directors in welcoming these businesses as new SEDC investors: J & P Cycles, Rasmussen Mechanical, Discovery Kids University. For SEDC’s complete investor listing, visit http://sturgisdevelopment.com/investors.

TAX DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTIONS

If you want to make a 2016 tax deductible contribution that will benefit Sturgis for years to come, please consider giving to these local 501(c)(3) foundations before the end of the year.

  • The Downtown Sturgis Foundation (DSF). Its mission is to foster economic and community development by creating a vibrant business district rich in appeal and distinct to Legendary Downtown Sturgis. Through its tax-exempt status, the DSF is able to assist caring people who desire to help revitalize the City’s core and make a positive impact on the quality-of-place of downtown Sturgis. Donors can contribute cash gifts in order to acquire items for the new Sturgis Main Street such as sculptures, benches, landscaping, etc. The DSF accepts all levels of contributions.
  • The Black Hills Area Community Foundation (BHACF). Its mission is to inspire people to invest as a community to improve the quality of life of the people in the Black Hills area. The BHACF is home to the Future Sturgis Fund which grew out of the Future Sturgis Initiative in 2010. Past contributions to this fund have aided in the revitalization of downtown Sturgis, senior assisted living and Sturgis Industrial Park development.

For more info on how you can contribute to either of these funds and direct how your contribution will be used, contact Pat Kurtenbach/SEDC at 347-4906 or pat@sturgisdevelopment.com.

FABTECH TRADE SHOW

In November, SEDC joined other regional economic development organizations from five states in the Black Hills Energy booth at FABTECH in Las Vegas.

FABTECH is billed as North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing trade show with over 28,000 attendees and 1,300 exhibits. FABTECH provided an opportunity to meet with world-class suppliers, see the latest industry products and developments, and bring back information to support our existing manufacturers. With our concentrated metals-related manufacturing base, this was a great way to showcase our region’s workforce capabilities, business-friendly climate and affordable utility rates to prospective new businesses. We are proud to partner with Black Hills Energy.

INDUSTRIAL PARK INCUBATOR

The Sturgis Brown High School machine tool technology class occupies 1,800 sq. ft. of the industrial park incubator. The rest of the building will be completed and ready for occupancy by March 1st. It will have approximately 3,300 sq. ft., 3-phase power, natural gas, concrete floor, truck doors and separate utility hookups. This incubator is designed for a new or expanding business and will be available on a lease-only basis. The lease rate and terms will be determined by jobs and/or services created. For more info, contact Pat Kurtenbach/SEDC at 347-4906 or pat@sturgisdevelopment.com.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES 

Since SEDC’s 2012-2016 strategic plan is quickly reaching an end, October’s annual board retreat served as a timely opportunity for both reflection and visioning.

Looking back, many of SEDC’s goals were not only met, but exceeded. Local business expansions, business relocations, new business start-ups, residential development, retail services, childcare and assisted living, as well as, industrial park near build-out have all contributed to unprecedented growth in sales and property tax revenues. Just as important is the enhanced quality-of-place for our residents and guests. A comprehensive review of 2016 will be compiled after year end.

For SEDC’s 2017-2020 strategic plan, the board established enhanced priorities while keeping SEDC’s fundamental goals the same. These foundation goals are:

Grow Business: Cultivate job creation and growth opportunities for new and existing businesses and industries.

  1. Develop Infrastructure: Create a diversity of fully developed sites, buildings and housing to provide adequate opportunities for new and expanding businesses and industries.
  2. Build Partnerships: Enhance or establish strategic alliances that foster focused, unified economic development strategies.
  3. Create Awareness: Increase public understanding of the role of economic development in the growth of the region.
  4. Grow the Organization: Strengthen SEDC through effective, sustainable operations to be recognized as the premier regional economic development group.

As in the recent past, SEDC will continue to promote residential, retail and industrial growth.

Residential priorities include more workforce housing options in line with local wages, as well as, market-rate independent congregate and senior living options.

Retail priorities include new ways to assist local businesses seeking to expand or innovate to increase their sales revenues. Other initiatives involve marketing to regional or national retailers to bring or enhance products and/or services available to our residents and guests.

Industrial priorities will focus on acquiring land to develop a new industrial park, as well as, constructing a new 9,600 sq. ft. spec building in the Sturgis Industrial Park. The success of metals-related manufacturing finds the Park nearly full, with no large buildings available for expanding or new manufacturers.

These are only a few of many strategies that will be undertaken by the SEDC Board in the next four years.

Looking forward, it is exciting to know that the momentum built over the past five years will continue to launch even more responsible growth and development. With a proven track record and many economic development partnerships in place, the future holds great promise.

We appreciate your partnership and look forward to your continued support.

Pat Kurtenbach, SEDC President

This institution is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

Sturgis Regional Hospital breaks ground on new clinic

STURGIS, S.D. 10/26/16 – Another chapter in the history of Sturgis Regional Hospital began Wednesday with an official groundbreaking for a new $10.2-million clinic to be constructed on the hospital’s campus.

The new project will add over 20,000 square feet to the existing hospital and replace some 8,000 square-feet of existing specialty clinic space. It will also provide a new front entrance to the hospital and the emergency department.

Mark Schulte, president of Sturgis Regional Hospital, says the clinic addition will benefit not only Sturgis, but the entire region.

“By combining all of our services and specialists within one central caring environment, we can offer patients greater access, more convenience, less duplication and better coordination of high-quality care.”

Schulte says the project is part of the health network’s plan to meet the growing need of health care needs of the community.

Mayor Mark Carstensen says the expansion strengthens the future of Regional Health in Sturgis.

“We are excited about Regional Health’s plan to expand. This will greatly enhance our community and make health care more convenient and accessible to area residents and visitors and responds to our community’s ongoing growth and supports our health care needs now and into the future.”

Construction on the new addition is scheduled to begin next month. When completed, the new clinic will have 36 exam rooms and will consolidate all of Regional Health operations in Sturgis onto one campus. That will include Massa Berry Clinic, which is currently located over 11 blocks away in downtown Sturgis.

Reprinted courtesy of KBHB Radio, correspondent Gary Matthews

As Sturgis Grows, day care options growing too

Sturgis, SD 9/14/2016 – Sturgis Economic Development director Pat Kurtenbach displays a wide grin whenever she talks about the community’s multitude of new child care options.

She smiles because while this growing city now has three new options for parents, that wasn’t always the case, and she worried that a lack of child care options could hinder the community’s growth and development.

When the town’s Early Childhood Development Center closed in 2013, it made it difficult to sell the community to prospective day care businesses, Kurtenbach said.

When there are more day care options available, parents are more apt to be employed, and the community is more likely to attract new residents, Kurtenbach said.

“We’ve had people underemployed or not employed at all because they were held back because of the lack of day-care choices,” she said.

Kurtenbach said the new child care services help support the amazing residential growth in Sturgis. “They also address the needs of our area’s largest employers for more affordable, dependable day care services with extended hours,” she said.

Residents now have a choice of three state-licensed day care centers in the Sturgis area.

When Meade School District students returned to school on Aug. 29, all three new centers were open.

Discovery Kids University and Better Building Blocks Daycare opened Aug. 29, and First Step Child Care Center & Pre-School at Fort Meade opened in late July.

Kayla Klein is director of the Northern Hills Alliance for Children, which took over the Fort Meade Center earlier this year after it closed at the end of May.

“When our organization first was created seven years ago they had this vision of wanting to serve the Northern Hills,” Klein said. “They didn’t want it to be just Lead-Deadwood.”

A survey done then showed a high need for early childhood education and child care, she said.

“To be able to expand our mission into Sturgis and Fort Meade is very exciting,” Klein said.

Taken together, the three facilities employ 33 people and are able to serve 272 children, ages 6 weeks and up. They provide a variety of services including pre-school, day care, after-school programs, extended hours and school busing.

Alyssa Smith, who works at Sturgis Regional Hospital, brought her daughter, Kaelynn, to Better Building Blocks child care center after seeing information about it on Facebook.

Kurtenbach says it’s great that parents have options for child care now.

“Competition is good,” she said. “It’s important for parents to have choices. Each of them may offer a little different programming. It’s important to be able to chose a program that fits their children and their business lifestyle.”

Discovery Kids University and Better Building Blocks stepped up when the city and the economic development corporation were searching for someone to start a licensed child care center.

“This came down to private enterprise at its best. It wasn’t started by the state or the city, it’s individuals who have taken a leap of faith to do this for the community,” she said.

Shannah Grenz-Williams, owner of Discovery Kids University, said she hopes investing in the community’s children will pay dividends for years to come.

“We know Sturgis is known for the motorcycle rally, but we hope that it also will be known as an incredible place to raise a family because of how much the community has invested in its children,” she said.

School District Enrollment Increases

STURGIS, SD 9/1/2016 – An apparent spike in enrollment at the Meade School District caused administrators to hire more teachers before school started on Monday. 

From early registration numbers, it looks as if the Meade School District may see a sizable enrollment increase for this school year and the district hired two additional teachers to accommodate the extra students.

Meade School District Superintendent Don Kirkegaard said official numbers would not be available until late September, but “as of last Friday, our numbers are up significantly.” 

“Piedmont, Sturgis Elementary and the middle school all have some sizable growth,” Kirkegaard said. 

If enrollment numbers hold or increase, the district has little remedy because there are no other classrooms available, Kirkegaard said.

“We are bursting at the seams,” he said.

“We are struggling with space, but the school board is proactive in this regard,” he added, citing the remodeling of the second floor classrooms of the Williams Administration Building as a way to accommodate the Sturgis Elementary School fifth-graders. The teachers hired last week were for kindergarten and fifth grade the superintendent said.

Future capital improvement projects could include a new middle school in the Piedmont/ Summerset area and a new attendance center in the rural area.

Excerpt from Meade County Times-Tribune Staff Deb Holland and Mike Johnson

Sturgis Main Street Reconstruction

STURGIS, SD 8/29/2016 – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews are set to begin work to reconstruct Main Street in Sturgis from west of Junction Avenue to Fourth Street on Sept. 6.

The project includes new eight-inch water main, storm sewer, asphalt surfacing, curb and gutter, sidewalks, decorative roadway lighting and signing. At each intersection, landscaping, irrigation and planter rails will be incorporated along with colored crosswalks and sidewalks. 

Child Care Services Grow to Meet Demand

STURGIS, SD – 8/29/16  As Meade School District students return to school today, families in the Sturgis area have three new options for state licensed child care services.

This is opening day for Discovery Kids University and Better Building Blocks Daycare in Sturgis. First Step Child Care Center & Pre-School at Fort Meade opened last month. Combined, the three facilities employ 33 and are able to serve 272 children, ages 6-weeks and up. They provide a variety of services including pre-school, day care, after-school programs, extended hours and school busing.  

These new child care services help support the amazing residential growth in Sturgis. They also address the needs of our area’s largest employers for more affordable, dependable daycare services with extended hours. Also, educational indicators point to a continued significant increase in the number of preschool children.  

The Board of Directors of the Sturgis Economic Development Corp extends sincere thanks and appreciation to the owners, managers and everyone involved with First Step, Discovery Kids University and Better Building Blocks for their commitment and investment in the continued growth of our community. We hope you will share their contact information below with those considering child care services or employment opportunities.  

First Step Child Care Center & Pre-School-Ft. Meade
85 Custer Avenue, Fort Meade, SD 57741
Phone office:
605-347-7001
Phone main building: 605-720-7094

Leigha Patterson, Operations Manager
Email:
ftmeade@nhfirststep.com

http://www.nhfirststep.com/

Licensed for 60 children, 6-weeks and up

 

Discovery Kids University

198 Old Stone Road, Sturgis, SD 57785

Phone: (605) 545-0115

Caleb Grenz, Director

Email: director@discoverykidsuniversity.com

http://www.discoverykidsuniversity.com/home.html

Licensed for 106 children, 6-weeks and up

 

Better Building Blocks Daycare

850 Main Street

Sturgis, SD 57785

Phone: 605-490-8344 

Wendi Eixenberger, Director

https://www.facebook.com/betterbuildingblockssturgis/

Licensed for 106 children, 6-weeks and up 

 

 

 

Project Updates; Business Announcements

PROJECT UPDATES 

Discovery Kids University will open before school starts with daycare, pre-school and after school programs for children ages 6 weeks to 11 years. This state licensed facility can accommodate up to 106 children and is located on Old Stone Road, off Exit 32. For info on services or employment, call 605-545-0115 or visit www.discoverykidsuniversity.com.

Rasmussen Mechanical Services site work is underway in the Sturgis Industrial Park. The 9,600 sq. ft. building will be completed by year end.

Dolan Creek Estates has 27 lots sold, with more pending. 15+ houses have been sold; several more are pending. The first phase of the 106-unit project continues to exceed developer’s projections. For more info, contact Brad Hammerbeck, 605-381-4577 bradhammerbeck@gmail.com

Canyon View Estates has four of five single family lots sold. Two are under construction; the third will break ground in two weeks. Two completed town homes are priced at $179,000. For more info, contact Kyle Treloar, 605-348-0538 kylet@dreamdesigninc.com

Sierra Vista Apartment Homes on Ballpark Road started construction on Phase II in August. Like Phase I, it will offer 16 market rate leases of 2-, 3- and 4-bedroom units. For leasing info, contact Jenni Tucker, Help-U-Rent, 605-722-7368 jenni@help-u-rent.net.

The Palisades subdivision will complete its final phase of infrastructure on or before August 31. Offering complete turnkey financing, based on buyer approval, the Palisades has completed, or is in the process of completing, construction of homes on all remaining lots in Phase I. Due to strong demand, pre-sold townhome and single-family lots are underway in Phase II. It is anticipated that construction of 4-plex townhome rentals will start this fall. For more info, contact Jeff Christians, Keller Williams Realty, 605-920-0425.

BUSINESS ANNOUNCEMENTS

Enviro Shield Products, Inc., a manufacturer of spill containment products for the oil industry, is relocating from Williston, ND to the Sturgis Industrial Park. CEO Shane Herman has developed a new spill containment product that can be expanded into other markets, including the motorcycle industry. Shane plans to be fully operational in his 7,000 sq. ft. building in Sturgis in September. Two employees will relocate from Williston and another three will be hired locally. When at capacity, it is expected to have 12 full time employees. www.enviroshieldproducts.com

Sturgis MotoCruzin USA, producer of a complete line of motorized bicycles, will start production in Sturgis in September. Chuck Jepson and Bruce Lindholm will have a manufacturing and license agreement with Motoped, a Kansas City, MO-based company. They will redesign the product’s marketing and distribution channels and move the business into leased space in the Sturgis Industrial Park in September. They will employ five to start and expect to expand capacity in the near future with plans to build a 20,000 sq. ft. production facility. https://motoped.com/

Better Building Blocks daycare center will offer another licensed daycare option with flexible hours for flexible schedules. It will accept infants and children up to 10 years of age, and open before school starts at 850 Main, Sturgis, former site of the Strain Morman Law Office.  This new business will add nine new jobs. For info on services or employment, call Wendy Eixenberger at 605-490-8344 or visit their Facebook page.

The Strain Morman Law Firm will move back to its former location at 1134 Main Street, where the firm first practiced law beginning in 1956. Mike Strain hopes his return to downtown will encourage other business professionals to explore the exciting opportunity to work downtown and be part of the revitalization promoting year round business within the City’s core. Mike will move there with his three new attorneys and staff.

Motorized Bicycle Producer Coming to Sturgis

STURGIS, SD (8/1/2016) – Sturgis MotoCruzin USA, producer of a complete line of motorized bicycles, will start production in Sturgis in September.

Chuck Jepson and Bruce Lindholm will have a manufacturing and license agreement with Motoped, a Kansas City, MO-based company. They will redesign the product’s marketing and distribution channels and move the business into leased space in the Sturgis Industrial Park in September. They will employ five to start and expect to expand capacity in the near future with plans to build a 20,000 sq. ft. production facility.

Sturgis MotoCruzin USA will market and produce three distinct Motoped products, all of which will be on display at the Buffalo Chip campground during the Sturgis® Motorcyle™ Rally. Motopeds are motorized bicycles equipped with engines less than 50 cc, as well as, mountain bike parts mounted to a custom frame and swing arm. They may be ridden on the street without registration, but are limited to 30 mph speed limit.

Chuck Jepson states, “Locating our new company in Sturgis was an easy choice. With the Sturgis brand recognition, immediate access to hundreds of miles of trails, and business relocation advice from the Sturgis Economic Development Corp, we are confident we have made the right decision for our business to succeed.”

SEDC President Pat Kurtenbach adds, “Chuck and Bruce chose the Sturgis Industrial Park as a natural fit for their new business due to the cluster of other metal-related manufacturers and the UPS distribution facility on site. The State of South Dakota’s business-friendly environment was an important draw to relocate the company. We are pleased to welcome Sturgis MotoCruzin USA to Sturgis.”

North Dakota Manufacturer Relocates to Sturgis

STURGIS, SD (8/1/2016) – Enviro Shield Products, Inc., a manufacturer of spill containment products for the oil industry, is relocating from Williston, ND to the Sturgis Industrial Park. 

Shane Herman, CEO/President of Enviro Shield Products, has developed a new spill containment product that can be expanded into other markets, including the motorcycle industry. Shane plans to be fully operational in his 7,000 sq. ft. building in Sturgis in September. Two employees will relocate from Williston and another three will be hired locally. When at capacity, it is expected to have 12 full time employees.  

Shane states, “Relocating to Sturgis with our new motorcycle product line is a natural move. Plus, our oil field containment contracts in the Bakken, Midcontinent and Rocky Mountains can be served more strategically from Sturgis. A business move like this is not something you do every day. The Sturgis Economic Development Corp and the State of South Dakota have been great resources in our relocation process.”

Pat Kurtenbach, President of the Sturgis Economic Development Corp, adds, “In addition to the motorcycle network in Sturgis, Shane chose the Sturgis Industrial Park because there was an available building ready for him to occupy. This allows him to be manufacturing in Sturgis at least nine months faster than if he constructed a new building. Enviro Shield’s ability to expand their product line beyond its original oil field application is a testament to their innovative capacity. We welcome Enviro Shield Products to Sturgis.”