SEDC Staff Member to Pursue Further Education

The SEDC Board of Directors wishes SEDC Marketing and Administration Coordinator Cayley Schmitt the best as she pursues her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. Her first class on campus will in fact be on Economic Development!


A 2020 graduate of Black Hills State University, Cayley has provided outstanding service to the SEDC Board and membership over the past two years. From helping the Spearfish business community navigate through the pandemic and witnessing record-breaking growth to developing a new internship program and launching several new marketing initiatives, Cayley has been a valuable member of the SEDC team. “Cayley will be greatly missed, but we wish her nothing but the best in her exciting new endeavor,” said SEDC Director Kory Menken.

SEDC Welcomes Summer Intern, Morgan Roberts

Spearfish Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) is happy to welcome Morgan Roberts, a 2019 graduate of Spearfish High School, as a part-time intern in the office this summer. Morgan will be a senior this fall at the University of South Dakota (USD) studying economics, accounting, and finance. Morgan is involved on campus as a Resident Assistant, President of the United Nations Association, National Communications Coordinator for the Residence Hall Association, and a Junior Annalist in Coyote Capital Management. During her time at Spearfish High School, Morgan was Captain of the Debate Team, Founder and President of the Future Business Leaders of America Club, and a member of the Knowledge Bowl, Cross-Country, and Track.

Prior to this internship with SEDC, Morgan gained valuable work experience through the Vermillion Area Chamber and Development Company (VCDC) as the Economic Development Intern in the spring semester of 2020. During her time there she assisted with a workforce housing initiative and researched new applicants in the process of moving their business to the Vermillion area.

During her time at SEDC this summer, Morgan will work alongside SEDC staff on a wide variety of economic development projects and initiatives. “I have loved growing up in Spearfish, and I am so excited to use my skills and experience to give back to the Spearfish community while learning more about the practical application of my business degrees,” said Morgan. “I enjoyed my time with the VCDC and cannot wait to get more hands-on experience with SEDC!”

“We are delighted to have Morgan on the team,” said Kory Menken, SEDC Executive Director. “Internships are a great way for students to strengthen their leadership talents, their ability to work well with different groups of individuals, and their skills in seeing projects through from start to finish. Additionally, interns can bring with them novel perspectives and fresh ideas.”

Childcare Challenges Discussed at SEDC Lunch and Learn

SEDC hosted a Child Care Panel Discussion at our quarterly Lunch and Learn on May 19. The panel of local experts included Karley LaFountain, Director of Prairie Hills Child Care; Barb Cline, Executive Director of Prairie Hills Transit; Kayla Klein, President and CEO of Klein Visioneering Group; Kirk Easton, Superintendent of the Spearfish School District; and Lyndsay Schreiber, Director of Human Resources at Pioneer Bank and Trust.

The panel discussion centered around the growing childcare needs of the Spearfish community, how they relate to workforce, and ways in which such needs can be addressed. The event concluded with community input in which healthy and construction conversation about potential solutions was had.

The insights shared will greatly help SEDC and our community partners to identify opportunities to resolve the issue of a lack of available child care options in Spearfish.