Spearfish Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) is partnering with Camp Native to spread the message that Spearfish is a great place to live, work and do businesses.

David “Woody” Woodbury, founder and CEO of Camp Native in Spearfish, will bike more than 4,300 miles in 100 days to promote camping, entrepreneurship and the Spearfish business climate.  He departed August 1 from the Camp Native offices in downtown Spearfish, and will return in the beginning of November.

“This is an innovative opportunity to promote Spearfish’s high quality of living and favorable business climate,” said SEDC Executive Director Kory Menken.  “David is a passionate advocate for Spearfish becoming a hub for technology startups.”

As part of its ongoing mission to grow the Spearfish community through business development and job creation, the Spearfish Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) recently implemented a new strategy to help address local workforce recruitment challenges. 

“For the Spearfish area to maintain a pattern of continued economic success, it will be crucial that we both grow and train our local labor force,” said SEDC Executive Director Kory Menken.  “SEDC is committed to working with our private and public partners in strengthening local workforce development and attraction efforts.”

An abundant and trained workforce is not only important to the retention and expansion of existing Spearfish businesses, but also to the recruitment of new industry to the community.  According to a recent survey of 150 of the nation’s fastest-growing companies, access to talent was the most frequently cited factor in their site selection decisions.*

“SEDC has already implemented a variety of workforce development initiatives,” explained Menken. “The creation of a strategy with concrete action steps will help to provide a blueprint for long-term success.”

The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity at Black Hills State University will host a daylong South Dakota Business Regulations workshop to benefit local business owners and entrepreneurs on March 29 at BHSU-Rapid City from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Construction is booming in Spearfish, South Dakota.

Several Spearfish businesses are upgrading to new facilities, and office space is being constructed to accommodate the expanding business community.  

“We’re excited to see our community continue to grow,” said Kory Menken, SEDC Executive Director. “We receive frequent inquiries about available commercial space. These additions will help to provide more opportunity for existing and new businesses.”

Three projects are currently underway in the Spearfish Business & Industry Park, located off Exit 14 on Interstate 90.

In August 2016, the Spearfish Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors met to develop a comprehensive work plan for the next three years. Read it here: SEDC Strategic Plan