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.

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 monthly updates to our investors on a larger scale. Join the discussion the first Thursday of each month.

Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020 // 8-8:45 a.m.

It’s that time of year! We again have the pleasure to welcome David Owen, President and Lobbyist for the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce for his annual pre-legislative session presentation. Mr. Owen has extensive experience working with the South Dakota Legislature on a wide spectrum of issues, many of them related to promoting and protecting the South Dakota business community. Prior to the start of each Session he meets with local Chambers and business communities to give an overview of:

  • What to expect in the months to come
  • Who was elected and how does that shift the balance of power in the legislature?
  • Which hot-button topics are returning this year?
  • What issues should businesses and industries anticipate?

Please join Elevate for a lively Zoom discussion with Mr. Owen to prime your mind (and expectations) for the activity in Pierre beginning on January 12.

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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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