SEDC was at the epicenter of the outdoor recreation industry yet again this past month at the Outdoor Retailer Tradeshow in Denver, Colorado. The Outdoor Retailer Tradeshow is North America’s largest tradeshow in the outdoor industry, drawing thousands of attendees from across the globe each year. This year’s show included more than 140 new exhibitors. SEDC worked to promote the many benefits of living, working and playing in Spearfish with aims to attract not only outdoor recreation businesses to the Spearfish area, but workers with interest in our outdoor recreation lifestyle as well.
SEDC hosted the inaugural EndZone Club at the first Black Hills State University football game of the 2021 season against Dickinson State on September 2. The new EndZone Club provided field-level views of the game, easy access to food and drink vendors, and the opportunity to socialize underneath the EndZone Club tent. One-hundred and fifty complimentary tickets were shared with SEDC members and other economic development partners to witness and enjoy the new BHSU football experience. The event was not only a great way to say “Thank You” to the SEDC membership, but also an expression of community support for our colleagues at BHSU.
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.