Economic Development, a Division of Elevate Rapid City, has an extremely active, focused program in place working to attract quality, primary jobs to the Rapid City area. Primary jobs are described as those jobs that bring new wealth into the community. Manufacturing, processing and service exporting are excellent examples of primary job creating industries, and the Division focuses its programs on attracting those types of industries. The Division also works to help local companies expand and retain jobs.
Efforts include marketing strategies, investment missions to specific geographic areas, targeted marketing mailings, joint ventures with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the Black Hills Business Council (other Black Hills communities).
The Division has also established itself as an effective one-stop center for business related information and referral services. We have developed a strong information resource base and pride ourselves on demonstrating a comprehensive understanding of the various agencies and personalities in the community that best assist you. The Division believes that there is truly no other point of contact in the community that can match the level of information provided. Contact us with your questions regarding demographic statistics, local or nationwide; quality of life information – climate, education, cost of living, transportation, health services, etc.; and business climate information – tax structures, wage comparisons, state-to-state comparisons, labor information, etc.