• SEDC Incubator nears completion in the Sturgis Industrial Park – The Sturgis Brown High School’s new machinist training program will open in SEDC’s new industrial incubator in September. The first class of 15 students will begin their school day at 7:30 am in the Sturgis Industrial Park under the instruction of Cyle Miller. This Career Technical Education (CTE) course will provide students dual credits through Western Dakota Tech. Upon graduation, this could allow them to fast track into the job market, or greatly reduce the cost and training time if they choose to further their technical education. The building and program were made possible by match grants from USDA Rural Development and the SD Future Fund, as well as, an educational partnership with the Meade School District, Sturgis Industrial Park manufacturers, and SEDC.

    The incubator building has three individually metered units available for lease to start-up companies. These units will be completed to suit each tenant. For more info, contact Pat at 347-4906 or pat@sturgisdevelopment.com.

    Black Widow Cams, a subsidiary of Lockwood Engineering, announces plans to relocate from Littleton, Colorado. In July, owners Craig and Vikki Lockwood purchased a 1-acre parcel in the Sturgis Industrial Park where they will construct a building to house their camshaft and machining services, offer complete Harley-Davidson tuning services and Harley-Davidson and S & S engine re-manufacturing. They will also bring the renowned S & S Pro Tuning Center banner to the region, as well as, vintage automotive and motorcycle engines.

    Landsport DBA Advanced Aluminum Structures is up and running in their new 11,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility at 1220 Sturgis Street, Sturgis Industrial Park. They made the move from their Lazelle Street location in July. Their new building has allowed them the opportunity to grow their business and expand their employees from 13 to 18.

    Sierra Vista Sturgis apartment homes located on Ball Park Road are quickly being leased. Although they will not be ready until November, five of the 16 units are already leased. These spacious apartments feature all major appliances, a private deck/patio, and are pet friendly. Water, sewer, and garbage are furnished. These 2-, 3- and 4-bedroom apartments are “market rate”, with rates ranging from $780 – $1250 per month. For more info, contact the Sturgis Help-U-Rent office at 722-7368 or http://sturgisapartments.homesandland.com/.

    Domino’s is hiring delivery drivers for all shifts. Drivers can average $15.00 per hour with tips. To apply, go to Domino’s on Main Street Sturgis or call 605-561-0555 for an application.

    Scott Peterson Motors and Indian Motorcycle Sturgis are planning a Grand Opening Weekend for both stores Sept 11th and 12th. They are giving away over $100,000 worth of cool with a custom truck, trailer and motorcycle prize going to one lucky winner. There will be music, food, and fun events happening all weekend. For all the info, go to http://scottpetersonmotors.com/sweepstakes/                             

    Black Hills Federal Credit Union is expanding to Sturgis! Please join their groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, September 10, noon – 1:00 pm at the construction site at the corner of Lazelle and Junction. Demolition of the existing building is currently underway, with a 28-week construction timeline expected. The 4,500 sq. ft. building will employ eight when it opens. Jerry Schmidt, BHFCU Senior Vice President of Operations, states, “Black Hills Federal Credit Union is excited to serve the Sturgis community with our new location.  We have a sizeable member base local to Sturgis and believe Sturgis is a robust and growing community.  The City of Sturgis is putting a great deal of effort and investment into the growth of the community.  It is evident with the new plaza and the Business Improvement District that the community leaders want to serve the citizens better, and we want to be a part of that growth as well.”

    Daycare – The City of Sturgis and SEDC have been exploring ways to meet childcare and pre-kindergarten needs of our community. Over the next three years, 217 new housing units in four residential developments are planned for Sturgis. With this growth will come an increased demand for childcare. Under consideration is a large facility that would provide full-time, year-round certified care for infants and children 6 weeks old and up. When the location is finalized, a formal Request for Proposal will go out to individuals and agencies interested in providing these services.

    Sturgis Revenue and Construction Growth – Sturgis continues to experience increased sales tax revenues in 2015, out-performing the state average by more than double. Additionally, new construction permits issued in Sturgis are topping $10.9 Million YTD. This is also expected to increase significantly by year end with the residential and commercial projects currently planned.

    H-D Rally Point ribbon cutting and Post-rally community picnic – Over 800 gathered for the celebration and festivities which included a movie, picnic, ribbon cutting ceremony and live band. Our long-range vision for a downtown community plaza has finally been realized.

    Focus groups involved with Future Sturgis as far back as 2008 brought forth the concept of a community gathering point. In 2011, the Sturgis Comprehensive Plan recommended establishing Main Street public accommodations that are functional and aesthetically pleasing. In June 2012, the Downtown Revitalization Committee began to meet regularly with FourFront Design and elected officials to bring forth a series of changes designed to reshape the future of downtown Sturgis.

    Over the past seven years, hundreds of community residents, local organizations and elected officials have invested an incredible amount of time, work and financial resources to make our community plaza a reality. Thanks to this dedication, our plaza is no longer a dream, but a gathering point that can be enjoyed by our families for generations.