2019 Annual Meeting Recap

On Thursday, January 24th, Spearfish Economic Development Corporation held their 2019 Annual Meeting. The meeting consisted of a 2018 Spearfish Economic Review, an update from guest speaker Dr. Jaret Heise from the Sanford Underground Research Facility, recognition to outgoing SEDC board members, and the presentation of the 2019 Award of Excellence and Rising Star Award.  Read more

New efficient energy now more affordable than ever

SPEARFISH| The new lighting technology for businesses and homes is better, and less expensive.

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New commercial development breaks ground in Spearfish

Site on Colorado Blvd. to house 3 buildings for multiple businesses

By Kaija Swisher – Black Hills Pioneer

There was a groundbreaking and ribbon-cutting celebration Wednesday for a new commercial development at 4315 E. Colorado Blvd. in Spearfish, which will be the new home for Jake’s Collision Repair, Millenia Motors, and The Detail Shop, with additional commercial space available.

There was a groundbreaking and ribbon-cutting celebration May 23 for a new commercial development at 4315 E. Colorado Blvd. in Spearfish, which will be the new home for Jake’s Collision Repair, Millenia Motors, and The Detail Shop, with additional commercial space available.

SPEARFISH – Business Continues to boom in Spearfish, with ground broken on May 23rd at 4315 E. Colorado Blvd. to eventually house a commercial development with multiple businesses on site.

Aaron Schoon, owner of Jake’s Collision Repair and lead partner in the development, described that there would be three buildings on the lot: A 7,000-square-foot body shop, 7,000-square-foot industrial shop rental building, and 3,000-square-foot office building, all of which were designed by Legacy Custom Homes of Spearfish, which would serve as the general contractor and is a partner on the project. Read more

The Granary District

A groundbreaking event for Spearfish’s newest commercial development, The Granary District, will be held Thursday, May 3 at 3:15 pm. The Granary District is located at the Village at Creekside on the corner of North Avenue and Yukon Place, adjacent to the Creekside Apartments. The groundbreaking event will include an overview of the development plan, introduction of new tenants, and opportunities available to existing and new businesses.

“The Granary District will be an absolutely tremendous addition to the Spearfish community,” said Kory Menken, SEDC Executive Director.  “SEDC is proud that we were able to work with both the developers as well as the future tenants on this exciting project.” Read more

Recruiting Outdoor Product Manufacturing Companies

Recognizing the attraction of Spearfish’s strong economic advantages -as well our outdoor recreation/active lifestyle appeal- SEDC is making a strategic effort to recruit ad

SEDC has placed a half-page advertisement in the Spring issue of The Drake magazine.

ditional outdoor product manufacturing companies to our community. As part of these efforts, we have placed a half-page advertisement in the Spring issue of The Drake magazine. Founded in 1998, The Drake has become one of the premier fly fishing magazines and is sold in nearly 2,000 stores nationwide including 331 fly shops, 560 Barnes & Noble stores and hundreds of independent retailers. In addition to print, the publication is also available digitally. We will be placing similar advertisements in other outdoor lifestyle magazines in the future.

In addition to strategic ad placements, SEDC will also be attending the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market Show in Denver this July. This is the premier outdoor sports show in the nation with over 600 exhibitors from a variety of industries including backpacking, camping, hiking, climbing, skiing, mountain biking and fly fishing. The show will provide SEDC a unique opportunity to network directly with key decision makers and influencers from the outdoor product manufacturing market. This is extremely timely as Livability.com recently listed Spearfish as one of “The Best Home Base Cities for Adventure Enthusiasts.”

The SEDC Board and staff highly value the feed   back and ideas we receive from the SEDC membership. Please let us know if you have any personal or professional contacts in the outdoor products industry that you believe we should contact, or suggestions on this overall marketing initiative.


Spearfish Brewing Set for Grand Opening, Ribbon Cutting

SPEARFISH, S.D. – Spearfish Brewing is excited to announce the opening of a brewery and taproom in the heart of downtown Spearfish at the intersection of Jackson and Main. This brand new space will offer patrons indoor and outdoor seating in a modern taproom space where they can enjoy locally crafted beers from more than a dozen classic American and international styles and a flavorful pub menu built for sharing with friends and family.

A highlight of the taproom will be a huge window that allows beer drinkers to see the brewer crafting their beverages on a beautiful new American made brewhouse. Brewmaster Nathan Venner explains, “American Beer Equipment from Lincoln, Nebraska has built us a stainless steel 10 barrel (341 gallon) two-vessel brewhouse with the capacity to brew up to 3,600 barrels a year.” The process begins with a state-of-the-art carbon and nano water filtration system that allows the brewmaster to create beers using a water profile specifically “built” to highlight the flavors in each style. Another unique feature to this new brewery is a pair of horizontal lagering tanks that will allow Spearfish Brewing to craft clean and clear amber and light lagers. According to Nathan the vision of Spearfish Brewing is to create an “honest American brewery that produces clean, consistent lagers as well as classic American craft styles like IPA and stout.”

Our brewmaster, Nathan Venner, is a Pierre native who draws on his 11 years as a commercial brewmaster and 13 years in the brewing industry in Laramie and Lander, Wyoming to give this new venture a solid foundation. In addition to the classic lager beers this brewery is built around, Nathan plans to recreate some of his favorite and most acclaimed beers from his years of brewing like a classic American wheat beer that has earned him numerous awards including two silver medals at the Great American Beer Festival, an award-winning rye beer, and a seasonal chili beer that Nathan brags, “won medals at the North American Beer Awards for seven consecutive years.”

The brewery will also have a pilot system to brew small amounts of creative and experimental beers that will be available only at the downtown Spearfish taproom. “We really want the pilot system to be part of the community,” says Nathan, “we want to invite local homebrewers and those who want to learn into the brewery space” and “use the pilot brewhouse as an educational tool.” Other community oriented events are also in the works, and Spearfish Brewing is excited to get involved in city events and festivals throughout the black hills. “Community is important to all of us at Spearfish Brewing,” says Nathan, “and we hope to promote community events in downtown Spearfish.”

Spearfish Brewing has received ongoing support from state and local economic development organizations and will be part of continued efforts to bring tourism and commerce to the local economy. “The craft beer industry has seen substantial growth in South Dakota, especially in recent years,” said Commissioner Scott Stern, Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). “Taprooms like the one Spearfish Brewing is opening is a lucrative business where tourists and locals alike can enjoy craft beer in a unique environment.” “Spearfish Brewing Company will be an excellent addition to our ever-growing business community,” said Kory Menken, Executive Director of the Spearfish Economic Development Corporation (SEDC). “SEDC is pleased we were able to help play a part in bringing this exciting project to fruition.”

Food will be available in the taproom, featuring a “gastro-pub” menu created by chef Kyle Smith from the adjacent RedWater Kitchen. The family friendly taproom will also have a selection of locally produced non-alcoholic beverages on tap. A ribbon cutting is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. MST on Thursday, February 1st and regular business hours start on groundhog day, February 2nd. Spearfish Brewing beers will be available on tap at local bars and restaurants by summer.

Spearfish Brewing would like to thank the Spearfish Economic Development Corporation, the Spearfish Chamber of Commerce, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, our partners at Black Hills Community Bank, Pioneer Bank and Trust, GPNA LLP, and the Spearfish community for their continuing support and enthusiasm for our business and the South Dakota craft brewing industry. We would also like to thank the local contractors and tradespeople who built our brewery: Hemeyer Enterprises, Dakota Electric, Johnson Plumbing, Culligan of the Northern Hills, Black Hills CO2, Rasmussen Mechanical, Forcoli and Sons Painting, Baete-Forseth HVAC, Triangle D cabinetry and millwork, Hurley-Anderson Drywall, and Stadler Industrial.

Black Hills Energy to Close Walk-In Locations to Save Customers Money, Better Meet Their Expectations

Rapid City-Dec. 15, 2017–Think of Black Hills Energy’s walk-in offices as most retail stores.

Like retail stores, our customers can drive to a physical location to conduct their business, whether they want to pay their bill or ask a questions about their energy use.

But unlike most retail stores, there’s no need for our customers to have to leave the comfort of their homes just to do business with us.

“Our customers’ expectations and preferences have changed drastically in the past decade-plus,” said Nick Gardner, Vice President of Electric Operations in South Dakota. “Fewer of our customers are walking in to our physical locations. While at the same time, more of them are opting for self-service options.”

That’s why, starting Monday, December 18, Black Hills Energy will be closing its walk-in office locations in Custer, Rapid City, Spearfish, Sturgis and Newcastle, Wyoming. Not only is this a reflection of how customers prefer to interact with the utility, but it’s also a way for the company to save customers money.

These are just a few of the stats:

  • Customers choosing electronic payment methods has increased by 15 percent since 2011, while local office payments have decreased by 13 percent.
  • Local office payments make up only 10 percent of our customers’ payment methods.
  • Nearly 55 percent of our customers use an electronic form of payment — including recurring payments, one-time bank transfers, online banking and Speed-pay.

We’ll continue to offer multiple, convenient billing and payment options that reflect your preferences and keep costs down, including:

  • EBill for paperless billing
  • Budget Billing at blackhillsenergy.com/billing
  • Online at com/pay
  • QR code printed at the top of the paper bill
  • Automatic bank transfer
  • By mail using the envelope included in your bill
  • By phone at 888-890-5554
  • In-person through Western Union and CheckFreePay locations



Spearfish Development Group Hosts Special Unveiling of The Village at Creekside

Spearfish construction continues to rise.  A special unveiling of Spearfish’s newest development, The Village at Creekside, was held recently. The Village is located north of Spearfish, on the corner of North Avenue and Yukon Place, adjacent to the Creekside Apartments. The unveiling will included an overview of the development plan, prospects and opportunities available to […]

SEDC receives Black Hills Energy Economic Development Grant

The Spearfish Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) received a Black Hills Energy Economic Development Grant to help offset the cost of SEDC’s website redevelopment project. Black Hills Energy (BHE) presented the $3,000 check to SEDC during the organization’s August Board of Directors meeting. “BHE commends SEDC and the commitment to the growth in the quality of […]

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