Earlier this month, Menken was also elected Chairman of the Rushmore Region Economic Development Alliance. Rushmore Region is an economic development initiative of Black Hills Community Economic Development and was created to stimulate and increase business investment in the Black Hills. The organization is comprised of a variety of communities and organizations from Butte, Custer, Fall River, Lawrence, Meade, and Pennington counties.
One of the action items of the 2020-2023 SEDC Strategic Plan is to continue to increase SEDC’s presence in the economic development community and identify synergies with organizations that have similar missions. “In addition to being actively involved in numerous Spearfish organizations, the SEDC Board and staff are engaged at regional, state, and national levels as well,” said Menken. “Collaboration and partnerships are key to the continued success of both SEDC and Spearfish.