Business Advocacy

Elevate Rapid City serves as a voice in the legislature for all of our member businesses and their employees, advocating for policies and business interests at all levels of local, state, and the federal government.

We’re dedicated to building and fostering the kind of community that not only offers an outstanding quality of life for its residents but also instills a positive climate for businesses and economic development, and we’ll work diligently with government representatives to achieve those goals.


2021 Legislative Scorecard

Infrastructure, schools, safety, and amenities all play a crucial role in creating a community people want to live in. Without sound public policy to support growth and improvement in these areas a community cannot thrive. This is why Elevate maintains a full-time presence in Pierre advocating for the region’s business community.

The second annual 2021 Pro-Business scorecard tracked the votes of area legislators on 16 key bills that Elevate took a stance on. These bills focused on public policy, funding, and preparing for the B-21 mission.

Please refer to the South Dakota Legislative Research Council website for the full bill texts and voting records from the 2021 Session.

View the 2021 Legislative Scorecard


2021 School Board Election

The school board election for Rapid City Area Schools will take place June 8. Elevate Rapid City filmed the ten candidates to help families make informed decision at the polls. In these videos, candidates share their campaign platform and perspective on economic development as it relates to the future of education in Rapid City. Watch the videos and connect with the candidates.

Area 1 // Watch Video
Deb Baker  //  Natalie Slack

Area 2 // Watch Video
Breanna Funke  //  Tatewin Means  //  Curt Pochardt

Area 3 // Watch Video
Gabe Doney  //  Kara Flyn

Area 7 // Watch Video
Megan Collier  //  Jennifer Read  //  Kate Thomas

The Elevate Government Affairs Connection

Government Affairs Connection is a forum focusing on timely topics of local interest in our community. It’s imperative that the business community hears from local government leaders to ensure that we understand the status of our economic climate. So much can be improved, supported, or mitigated by engaging with discussions that surround policy changes. Building upon the foundation of the Elevate Governmental Affairs Committee, Elevate wants to share these important updates to our investors on a larger scale.

Learn more about Government Affairs Connection

Request for Support

We encourage our members to make us aware of issues that may affect local businesses. If you have an issue that you would like to bring forward for consideration by Elevate Rapid City please fill out the public policy request form and submit it to Anna Hays. The form will then be given to the Public Policy Committee for review with final consideration by the Board of Directors.

If you have any questions, please contact Anna Hays, 718-8480

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