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.”
One of SEDC’s goals is to help attract more technology companies and knowledge-based workers to the Spearfish area. This is a unique opportunity for SEDC to target that demographic. Advancements in communication and other technologies have resulted in significant employment growth in the knowledge sector – occupations that rely on intellectual capital and its application. Menken noted that over the last 35 years the number of knowledge workers in the United States has grown by an average of 1.9 million per year.
While biking across the western United States, Woodbury will meet with a variety of development and community leaders to discuss driving technology in small communities. Camp Native moved its headquarters from Seattle to Spearfish in 2015. Since that time, Woodbury made a choice to hire local employees to drive his sales and digital marketing departments. Many of those employees were recruited from the Black Hills State University business programs.
Camp Native’s success is an aspiring example of how technology allows entrepreneurs and seasoned business professionals to work from anywhere in the country. Woodbury and his team relocated to Spearfish for the outdoor recreation and close-knit community. Menken noted more than two-thirds of college-educated 25- to 34-year-olds look for a job after they choose where they want to live, much like Woodbury.
Follow the “Ride with Woody” journey on social medial with the Spearfish Economic Development Corporation and www.ridewithwoody.com.