Monument Health

Montana-Dakota Utilities Co.

Golden West Technologies

Coca-Cola High Country

Pioneer Bank & Trust

Phase Technologies

Great Western Bank

Dacotah Bank


Riddle’s Group

Western Dakota Insurors

VRC Metal Systems

Tri-Tech Manufacturing

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Sound Pro

Sentinel FCU

SDN Communications


Lynn, Jackson, Shultz, & Lebrun

Ketel Thorstenson

Innovative Systems

Immutrix Theropeutics

GCC Dacotah, Inc.

Compete Property Solutions

Black Hills Reptile Gardens

Black Hills Insurance

Assurant Solutions

Aspiring Business Consulting









Black Hills Surgical

City of Rapid City

Four Front


Security First Bank

First Interstate Bank

Box Elder

Black Hills Harley Davidson

Black Hills Federal Credit Union


Western Dakota Tech

Black Hills Energy

Nerdy Nuts, Netflix, and Chill

March 2021

Build Dakota Grant Creates Opportunities

Rosemary Harvey puts in the time to become business owner after filling in for daughter

WAVI continues to support victims and educate community

Celtic Connection provides luck of the Irish to downtown

Military Advisory Coalition connects military to community

Gold Key Realty & Auctions - Business Spotlight

With Help of Elevate Rapid City, B&T Manufacturing Expands to Rapid City


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Titan Machinery - Business Spotlight

44th Beef Bust recognizes Youth Day participants

Revitalizing downtown, one façade at a time

Front Porch Coalition - Business Spotlight

Jeremy Thomas finds ‘the right people’ for Innovative Systems

New programs roll out to Elevate the Rapid City region for everyone


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Childcare center to bring new life to vacant church

Downtown food co-op raises over $17,000 for Feeding South Dakota

Western Dakota Tech truck driving students follow road to passion

Black Hills Stock Show expects 200,000 attendees

February 2021

Elevate Rapid City to host hybrid crackerbarrels

Preparing Businesses for the B-21 Beddown

Economic Indicators: January 2021

Founders Only Town Hall: January 28, 2021

Government Affairs Connection

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.

View the GAC video archive



Crackerbarrels provide the opportunity for Elevate investors and the Black Hills community to hear directly from area legislators and ask questions concerning issues of the 96th South Dakota Legislative Session.

Bring your questions about legislative bills or issues to submit to a panel of Representatives and Senators from Districts 30, 32, 33, 34, and 35. Don’t have a question? Consider tuning in to the livestream to hear the discussion about key topics for this year.

2021 Crackerbarrel: Key Things to Know

All Crackerbarrels will be held 9:00 to 11:00 am in the Event Center on the campus of Western Dakota Tech. Per Western Dakota Tech campus policies, masks are required for this event.

We continue to prioritize our community’s health and safety as we monitor the impact of COVID-19. Homeslice Media Group has partnered with Elevate Rapid City to offer a virtual attendance option. You will be able to watch the livestream and submit your questions in advance through the form below

In Person attendance

In accordance with the CDC’s recommendation for Social Distancing:

  •  Attendance will be limited to 50 people.
  • Chairs will be set up 6 feet apart.
  • We ask all attendees to wear masks per Western Dakota Tech campus policy.

Questions must be pre-submitted either through our online form (below) or written on the printed forms provided that day. Some pens will be provided, but we would encourage you to bring your own to limit contact and exposure.

Attend Online

Homeslice Media Group will be providing a livestream of the crackerbarrel. You can find it on the Dakota Town Hall Facebook page.


Have a question you want to ask a legislator?
Submit it through the form below! Questions submitted after 5 pm the Friday before will be held until the next Crackerbarrel.

2021 Public Policy Guide

Grants & Loans

Current applications available from Elevate Rapid City:


Stillwater Hospice of South Dakota - Business Spotlight

TerraSite Design - Business Spotlight

Software engineer helping connect IT community

January 2021

Economic Indicators: December 2020

Rushmore Mall reinvents itself to attract new shops

Self serve South Dakota specials on tap at Pour 54

New Rapid City arena expects to be fully enclosed by late April

New Year, New Outlook: Nichole Yost

New Year, New Outlook: Jessica Ibanez

New Year, New Outlook: Jerry Sailer

New Year, New Outlook: Larry Larson

New Year, New Outlook: Don Hedrick

New Year, New Outlook: Ericka Amborn

New Year, New Outlook: Steve Allender

New Year, New Outlook: Kory Hammerbeck

Best GEN - Business Spotlight

SD CARES Business Grant: Round Two

SoDak Marketing LLC - Business Spotlight

Coach Tetrault continues to invest in his community and team

SD CARES Business Grant Update