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Spearfish Offers a Surprising Array of Shopping Choices

As a “micropolitan” community, Spearfish offers big city shopping and services in a small town environment, boasting over 40 unique specialty shops. Shopkeepers in Spearfish are well known for going the extra mile with friendly, personal service. Browse through inviting antique shops and gift stores, or examine the handiwork of area artists and crafters. As a “micropolitan” community, Spearfish offers a complete package of professional services. For a small city, Spearfish also offers a surprising array of shopping choices including novelty and specialty shops, cards and gifts, home décor, home improvement, hardware, electronics, furniture and appliances, apparel, sporting goods, office supplies, automobiles and recreation vehicles, groceries; the list is too vast to cover. Shopping local offers benefits For great shopping, Spearfish is the place! And shopping Spearfish keeps money in the local economy; dollars spent in locally-owned businesses have up to three times the impact on the community as those spent on the Internet. There is a strong multiplier effect within the community for every dollar spent locally, whether it is for retail goods or services. Supporting local businesses by shopping in the Spearfish trade area helps fund and maintain jobs. Local ownership means that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions. Spearfish area businesses help build strong communities and neighborhoods, linking citizens and nurturing local causes. When businesses are owned by members of the community, the owners have a better reason to become engaged in decisions that effect local growth and development. Shopping locally gives citizens options. When small companies compete with one another,...

Hospitality, Variety Abounds with Lodging and Dining

Options exist for lodging Spearfish and the surrounding Black Hills area offer many beautiful lodging options for your visit. Whether you are looking for the coziness of a bed and breakfast or the privacy of a vacation home or cabin, a hotel in town, or a place to camp in the hills, there is a place for you to rest from the day’s activities. Spearfish has over 800 hotel rooms, boasting nine well-known chain properties. For a community this size, it is great to have three bed and breakfasts from which to choose. Variety of great meals can be found in Spearfish When in Spearfish looking for a great meal, the only problem is choosing where to go! If you are looking for a great cup of coffee or a nice dining experience you won’t have to look far. If a sizzling steak, cooked to perfection sounds like the perfect meal, Spearfish has several great steak houses. In addition to home cooking American style, Spearfish also boasts international cuisine including Chinese, Italian, and Mexican. If a meal with a flare of Cajun or Mediterranean suits your fancy, Spearfish has that as well. Don’t forget to try some of the local dishes – trout, buffalo, or Indian tacos. Are you planning an event or gathering here? Grocery markets, caterers and food services can help provide your meals. And if you want to kick back at a pub or bar, you have choices, including the only brewery in South Dakota to can and distribute their own brew. Spearfish Travel Facts In 2011, the BBB (Bed Board and Booze) tax generated approximately...

Serving the Community through Worship and Services

A community known for reaching out to its neighbors, Spearfish is spiritually and socially active. Spearfish is home to over 30 different houses of worship that represent most major denominations and include numerous independent congregations, each working toward the better-ment of the community through faith. Church buildings in the city and area are as varied in their external architecture as are the styles of worship, prayer and music their parishioners enjoy during religious services. Traditional to contemporary worship options Citizens who choose to worship in a church community can find traditional liturgy as well as contemporary, spontaneous worship. Area residents and visitors have ample opportunities to strengthen their faith through worship services, Sunday school, Bible study groups, choir, musical outreach and many other fellowship activities. The local newspaper, the Black Hills Pioneer, maintains a current list of various worship services. Pastors of local congregations have joined together not only to support each other in their spiritual missions, but also to make a difference in the everyday lives of residents and visitors through the Spearfish Ministerial Association. The association sponsors several events each year to raise money for an emergency fund to help local families facing financial difficulties like medical, food, rent or utility bills. The Ministerial Association plays an instrumental part in staffing and stocking the local food pantry. In addition to assisting local families, the association is also there to offer help to those passing through the community who may need assistance with food, lodging or gas expenses. Agencies, clubs also serve community Churches in Spearfish support other social service agencies in our community. That support provides assistance...

Spearfish Positions itself for Dynamic Growth, Earns ‘Micropolitan’ Label

BROAD-BASED ECONOMIC CLIMATE Heralded as one of the fastest growing “Micropolitan” communities in the Midwest, Spearfish is quickly earning the reputation as the destination of choice for new businesses and residents alike who are looking for a high-quality place to live and work. Located in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, Spearfish is conveniently located on Interstate 90, approximately 45 miles north of Rapid City, SD. Positioned as a regional trade center, the Spearfish labor market continues to expand with over 60,000 workers living within a 30-minute commute. Spearfish features broad-based economy Spearfish represents one of the broadest economies in the upper Midwest; with roots in higher education, retail, tourism, healthcare, financial services and manufacturing. Abundant natural resources, a well-educated workforce, access to major transportation routes and an ideal business climate have all helped to fuel the community’s large, dynamic growth. Since 1980, Spearfish Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) has worked hard to create a business environment that welcomes new business, cultivates existing business and supports creative entrepreneurial opportunities. In the past 15 years, SEDC has assisted in the creation and/or retention of more than 1,200 jobs in the Spearfish area which provides a direct economic impact of nearly $50 million annually.  Along with the support of the business community, the Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce, Black Hills State University, K-12 school system and elected leaders, Spearfish’s economy has experienced record growth. Progress built on the word “no” How has Spearfish transformed itself from what once was a small agrarian community, to what is now a “micropolitan” rich area, fueled by a diverse mix of business and industry? It’s...

Natural Beauty and Unique Scenery Highlight Spearfish Area

SPEARFISH CANYON Spearfish Canyon has a beauty unique to each season. Fall dazzles with great colors when the aspen and birch turn golden yellow and the oak and sumac flame shades of red. The Canyon is equally awe-inspiring in winter when heavy wet snow piles up on the tree branches and canyon ridges. The season wraps the canyon in quiet and serenity. In springtime, the canyon renews itself, becoming fresh and alive all over again. It is a favorite time for hikers, fishers, nature lovers and photographers of all ages. Summer brings sightseers, picnickers, and bird watchers. Bikers, of both the motorized and peddled versions, find the canyon one of the best rides anywhere in the world. Hike, view waterfalls Three waterfalls are on the must see list for canyon goers. Bridal Veil Falls is located 5.8 miles into Spearfish canyon from the north and is visible right along the highway. Spearfish Falls is accessible by a short moderate hiking path located in Savoy. Roughlock Falls has parking and bathroom facilities and is handicap accessible. Take Roughlock Road a short distance along graveled FS 222 or hike a level easy distance from the trailhead at the back of the lodge’s parking lot. The first commercial transportation through Spearfish Canyon was by train in 1893. Several early attempts to lay a road failed, so most travelers accessed the canyon by horseback or train. When a flood damaged the rail line in 1933, it was abandoned. Eventually, a road was laid directly on the old railway bed. Later, US Highway 14A was constructed allowing more people access to this breathtaking, scenic...

District Increasing Enrollment and Educational Experiences for Youth

The educational infrastructure in Spearfish helps attract people to the community, but according to one local administrator, the educational system itself has benefited from those who have relocated here. “Spearfish is a great place to live and because of that, we are able to attract talented staff for our school district,” said Superintendent Dave Peters. “People like to be a part of a successful system, and our reputation is great. People know that.” The Spearfish School District consists of four schools, 150 certified teachers, 100 non-certified, non-teaching staff, and nearly 2,100 students. Student enrollment had remained fairly stable for the past ten years with an average 1,975 students per year. Over the past year, however, the district has experienced a five percent increase in enrollment. “We have had 24 new students over the past two months and I think we will continue to see that growing trend throughout the school year, and even into next year,” he said. While the cause of this year’s increase cannot be precisely identified, Peters said at least half of the new students are directly connected to the Bakken Oil Boom in North Dakota. Affordable housing options have also contributed to the increase. The school structures are feeling the pressure from the increased enrollment. School administration and school board members are considering options for expansion at current schools and reconfiguring what grades are served in each building. Creekside Elementary School, the district’s newest school, was completed in 2011; it houses third, fourth, and fifth grades. University Influences District Each year nearly 4,500 traditional and non-traditional students choose Black Hills State University for continued education,...

The Black Hills: Your Backyard Playground

From hiking, biking and climbing to skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing, the Black Hills National Forest offers recreational activities for all ages, stages and interests. “We are lucky enough that we can go skiing, ice climbing and biking all in one day living in the Black Hills,” said Perry Jewett, outdoor enthusiast and Black Hills native. From a very young age, Jewett has taken full advantage of the backyard playground that the Black Hills provides. “Spearfish makes a great training ground for biking and hiking before moving on to larger, more difficult adventures,” Jewett said. Adventure is Never Far Away Within a 10-mile radius of Spearfish, residents have easy access to three main recreational areas, according to Bonnie Jones, US Forest Service Recreation Specialist. “Spearfish Canyon, Big Hill and Crow Peak are the main areas that residents and visitors hit for scenic drives, hiking, biking, fishing, horseback riding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and cross country skiing,” Jones said. Spearfish Canyon is a beautiful scenic drive year-round, but nationally known for its beauty when the leaves change in the fall. An observation deck and resting benches allow residents and visitors to view Bridal Veil Falls year-round, while walking paths, decks, and picnic areas allow for time to soak in Roughlock Falls’ scenic beauty. Spearfish Canyon has also been featured in national rock climbing magazines for its well-pocketed routes and overhangs. Many enjoy fly-fishing in the creeks and streams throughout the canyon and Spearfish area. Spearfish Creek hosts thousands of wild rainbow and brown trout. Anglers can enjoy year-round fishing in this blue ribbon trout stream, named this because of the population of fish...

Progressive Community Exceeds your Expectations

When Tony Schavone moved to Spearfish with his wife Alyce in 1957, to teach at Black Hills State University, there were only three paved roads – Highway 16 (Colorado Boulevard/North Main) passing through town, Jackson Boulevard to University Street, and University Street to the college. “We had passed through South Dakota on vacation the year before, and South Dakota was one place we said we would never live,” said Alyce Schavone. But her husband’s position was just temporary, so she agreed to come. And thanks to many forward thinkers like long-time Spearfish resident and developer, Joe Jorgensen – the community has come a long way in the 55 years Schavone has made it her home. With a 20% overall growth in the past 10 years, according to city officials, the city of Spearfish is constantly expanding, changing and improving. Spearfish has been noted as a progressive community by other cities and businesses because of its ability to provide a high level of service while thinking outside the box to provide amenities for all citizens. “Spearfish has three prominent things that set it apart from other towns: our recreation center, affordable housing initiatives and open space conservation areas,” said Cheryl Johnson, Public Works Administrator. In 2007, a group of investors and developers purchased the old Wal-Mart facility from the company after a new Super Wal-Mart was built on the east side of Spearfish. This group then transferred ownership to the city and renovated the structure into a 71,000 square foot recreation and aquatics center, complete with gym space, walking track, training room, fitness area, indoor batting cages, game room and...

Main Street Project Helped Downtown Strive

Streetlights, people, flowers and traffic; these are all in abundance in downtown Spearfish. Day or night, Main Street is a bustling place. “The Main Street Project really helped encourage business owners to come and fill any void we had,” said Downtown Business Association President Corey Brost. The revitalization project, which was completed in 2011, transformed the decades old Main Street into an upscale comprehensive downtown area for both businesses and shoppers. The complete rebuild of three city blocks spanned from storefront to storefront. The project included new stoplights, signage, historic light fixtures, wider sidewalks, a clock tower, fire pit and resting benches at the intersection of Main and Hudson Streets. Long time resident and previous small business owner, Karen Pummel credits the project for Main Street’s current appeal.   “The Main Street project really did what it was supposed to do,” Pummel said. “It made Main Street shopper friendly from crossing the street to the plants and flowers along the sidewalks.  We have it all.” The Downtown Business Association’s mission is to increase the vitality of downtown businesses and keep it interesting for shoppers and business owners alike. The association works to provide events and activities throughout the year as well as keep the small town feel of the current Main Street. “Many small community’s downtown districts are fading and we wanted to avoid that,” said Brost.  “The downtown shopping experience is a thing of the past, but Spearfish has maintained that experience,” said Pummel. The association was formed about nine years ago to keep the integrity of Spearfish’s downtown district. “We get a lot of locals and people from...

Shaping History

Prior to the Black Hills Gold Rush of 1876, the Dakota Territory area, now known as Spearfish, was used by Native Americans (primarily bands of Sioux but others also ranged through the area) who would spear fish in the creek, hence the name of the creek and subsequently the town. Once the gold rush started, the city was first settled in 1876 at the mouth of Spearfish Canyon, and Spearfish grew as a supplier of foodstuffs to the mining camps in the hills. Even today, a significant amount of truck farming or market gardening still occurs in the vicinity. In 1887, the accepted history of gold mining in the Black Hills was thrown into question by the discovery of what has become known as the Thoen Stone. Discovered by Louis Thoen on the slopes of Lookout Mountain, the stone purports to be the last testament of Ezra Kind who, along with six others, entered the Black Hills in 1833 at a time when whites were forbidden by law and treaty from entering the area. Kind etched on the stone, “got all the gold we could carry” in June 1834, and were subsequently “killed by Indians beyond the high hill.” While it may seem unlikely that someone who has “lost my gun and nothing to eat and Indians hunting me” would take the time to carve his story in sandstone, there is corroborating historical evidence for the Ezra Kind party. Canyon impresses Frank Lloyd Wright In the 20th Century, the history of Spearfish was tied very closely to mining and tourism. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who visited Spearfish Canyon located...

Spearfish Arts and Attractions

A vibrant arts and cultural community, Spearfish is home to many artisans. From world renown to local talents, there are sculptors, potters, woodworkers, painters, photographers, jewelers, singers, song-writers, actors and dancers, all working to make Spearfish a hub for the visual and performing arts. Patrons of the arts support a variety of art venues including art galleries, studios, workshops, shows, and festivals. On any given weekend, performers gather in local pubs and eateries to entertain guests with music, both original and seasoned. There are many performing arts events throughout the year in Spearfish. These include dance recitals, vocal and band concerts and ensembles, local and professional theater and musical events. Arts on display everywhere Visual arts abound in this community. Besides art galleries, festivals and markets, artisans display their works in nearly every restaurant and public building throughout the community. Often, businesses will host artists in residence, giving locals and visitors a chance to see their creativity firsthand. Attractions a big lure The community is rich in quality, family-friendly attractions. From one end of town to the other, Spearfish offers history, entertainment, education and experiences that enrich lives. Find out how cattle were driven from the southwest along various routes to this area or listen to the poignant prose of a cowboy poet at the High Plains Western Heritage Center. Catch a play or musical event at the historic Matthews Opera House on Main Street, or head west on Jackson to the campus of Black Hills State University for an intimate recital or a main stage theatre production. Learn about the fisheries culture and view thousands of trout at...

Health and Wellness in Spearfish

Plenty of lifestyle choices promote As lives grow busier, the need to make time for exercise, eating right and spending time with family and friends becomes more important. The Spearfish area is home to an eclectic blend of choices for a healthy lifestyle. It’s been proven that healthy food, regular activity, a good night’s rest, family involvement and community work will help maintain a fit and healthy body. From community coalitions that exist to promote healthy choices for youth, to active bicycle coops and a community garden, Spearfish is practicing wellness. In terms of healthy diet, the roots of Spearfish run deep. When the town was formed, it served as the agrarian community for the northern Black Hills, supplying produce to Deadwood, Lead and Belle Fourche. There is a complex network of irrigation lanes, engineered and established in 1876, that follow the natural contours of the community. The “lower valley” area on the northwest side of town still produces organic and locally grown produce which can be purchased at roadside stands and markets or sampled at many local restaurants. City promotes environmental friendliness Spearfish has been called “naturally inviting” and that term can be attached to the area’s outlook on health and wellness. Planning standards are reviewed as necessary and amended to promote neighborhoods that allow for healthy lifestyles. City of Spearfish officials have established a goal to research recycling programs and implement stronger Green Initiatives today and into the future. LEED certified buildings and residences are more prevalent as citizens become more energy conscious. These efforts are directed to lessening the need in the use of fossil fuels...

Education Options Span Lifetime

From preschool to primary and secondary to higher to continuing education Quality Education is a corner stone of the Spearfish community. Since the settling of the town, citizens have placed high emphasis on education, as witnessed by the founding of the Black Hills Normal School just a few years after the first homesteaders arrived. K-12 school district sets, meets high standards The Spearfish School District serves approximately 2,000 students from the Spearfish community and surrounding area. The district’s mission statement, “Empowering All Students to Succeed in a Changing World” is taken very seriously. The Spearfish School District provides quality programs for all ranges of academic learners.  The district is a positive, productive institution with a history of high expectations and student success.  Its staff is experienced, talented and dedicated to student achievement.  The school system and community of Spearfish place high value on the education of its youth, and that expectation serves as a catalyst for student success in a rigorous learning environment. The following is data from the District’s 2011 Annual Report: Enrollment by building West Elementary, K-2                                   501 Creekside Elementary, 3-5                         440 Middle School, 6-8                                         418 High School, 9-12                                           603 Student attendance rate                              95% High School advanced placement courses are offered in History, Language and Literature Dual credit courses are offered simultaneously at Spearfish High School and Black Hills State University, with credit received in both institutions. ACT scores Spearfish High School average                    22.8 South Dakota average                                     21.8 National average                                               21.1 SHS graduates 71% pursuing post-secondary studies 27% directly to the workforce 2% entering the military 35% of...

Dining in Spearfish

When Bonnie and Bob Dardis opened the McDonald’s on North Avenue in Spearfish in August 1981, they were a little nervous. “They knew it was a small town for a McDonald’s,” explained their son, Calvin Dardis. “My dad kept his job as a milkman for Brown & Swiss for a year until they knew it was going to work.” Calvin began working at McDonald’s on the very first day as he attended college. Within a year, the Dardis family was adding on to the restaurant, and 20 years later they sold the Spearfish restaurant to Calvin who remains the owner. The Spearfish restaurant was so successful that the family opened a second McDonald’s in Sturgis in 1986, which is owned and operated by Calvin’s brother Kelley Dardis. “The community has been good to us, and hopefully we’ve been good back to the community,” Calvin said about his family’s long tenure with McDonald’s. But McDonald’s wasn’t the first national franchise to settle in Spearfish. That honor may belong to Dairy Queen.  “It was a really big deal when Dairy Queen opened on Jackson,” said Alyce Schavone. Alyce and her husband Tony Schavone came to Spearfish when her husband was offered a temporary teaching position in 1957. Alyce began teaching in Lead in 1958 when Tony’s position became more permanent. “Since we both worked we went out to eat often,” Alyce said.  She recalled wonderful bygone eating establishments such as the Valley Café on the east side of Main, and the Hillcrest Drive Inn, which was a converted Texaco Station from the 1930s that stood where the Hood & Nies building...

Town, Park, Creek and Canyon

Recently National Geographic’s Adventure Magazine selected Spearfish as one of the “Top 50 Best Places to Live and Play” and also one of only eight cities selected as a “Hot Spot” in America. Spearfish takes pride in its extensive and progressive parks and recreation programs. When compared to communities of its size, Spearfish ranks near the top in acres of parks and green space per capita. Bike path, park system anchor city A 7.75-mile scenic bike and recreation path winds along Spearfish Creek through town. The Spearfish Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department maintains a total of 130 acres of parkland encompassing 26 developed parks, “pocket” parks, and sports field areas. In addition, Spearfish is home to the 756 acre mountain park land of Lookout Mountain. Spearfish City Park is a large and very popular cultural and recreation spot. Situated along Spearfish Creek, it provides young and old with hours of recreation, on land and in the water. Younger, more adventurous residents and visitors, enjoy the 9,600-square-foot Skate Park. Sports complex offers baseball, softball, soccer Local softball teams and soccer teams practice and play on many well-maintained fields. A large local sports complex is host to city and regional events in baseball, softball and soccer. The most recent development has been the construction of the Spearfish Rec and Aquatics Center. The 2-acre outdoor pools have slides and other outdoor water features. This new 60,000-square-foot facility is an added highlight to an already active sports community. National forest serves as backyard playground Spearfish also encourages a variety of fishing and hunting. Adjacent to town is a rifle range, an archery range,...

Economic Growth of Spearfish

People live in Spearfish for its quality of life, diverse economy, good transportation system, comprehensive health care offerings, and strong educational system, including the university presence. “We have the beauty of the Black Hills as a background, as well,” said Bryan Walker, executive director of the Spearfish Economic Development Corporation (SEDC). Since 1980, SEDC has worked to create a business environment that welcomes new business, cultivates existing business and supports creative entrepreneurial opportunities. The community has grown significantly, in part, due to SEDC’s efforts. The population of Spearfish increased more than 40 percent since 1990 from 10,342 to 14,660 residents in a 5-mile radius, with just over 20 percent of that growth occurring in the last decade alone. The Spearfish labor market added more than 1,500 new jobs since 2000 as well, Walker said, which provides a direct economic impact of nearly $50 million annually.  SEDC focuses on attracting and growing businesses of all sizes. “The average sized business in Spearfish is just over eight employees,” Walker said. “In the last two or three years, most of the job growth that has occurred has been organic growth – existing businesses adding one, two or three people,” Walker said. Those smaller growths often go unnoticed. Yet when Premier Bankcard opened a facility here in 2001, it was hard to miss. The company employed 600 people at its peak. But following federal regulatory changes in the credit card industry, Premier retracted its workforce and ultimately closed its Spearfish location in 2011. It was one of the community’s top five employers at the time. “It was devastating to see Premier Bankcard go,...

Spearfish Serves as Health Care Hub

Spearfish’s geographic location has served the community well – and not just for tourism. For folks living in western South Dakota, northeastern Wyoming and southeastern Montana, quite often Spearfish is the closest option for health care, according to Larry Vietz, chief executive officer of Spearfish Regional Hospital. Patients in this area can sometimes travel well over 100 miles to Spearfish for medical care. And while many communities across the country have struggled to simply maintain, much less grow health care options, the industry has thrived in Spearfish. “We have a great array of health care services that you don’t normally find in a community of this size,” Vietz said. He cited orthopedic care, MRI imaging, and OB-GYN services as examples. In fact, the only two hospitals with maternity wards in all of western South Dakota are in Spearfish and Rapid City; although other delivery options are available. “To have that variety not only of specialties, but to have choices of physicians within those specialties is attractive,” he said. Vietz said most medical services are available in Spearfish with the exception of invasive cardio and radiation therapies. But even in those areas, some follow up work is done here. “Spearfish Regional Hospital has experienced tremendous growth in outpatient services,” Vietz said. “Yet the number of beds have remained stable over the years, perhaps even experienced slight growth.” The hospital has been able to increase its number of in-patient beds, as more complex surgeries are being done here, Vietz explained. In the last year alone there has been a 33 percent increase in the volume of orthopedic surgeries done in Spearfish,...
  • Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce shared their event.

    It's almost time! Will we see you there?

    Join us for our August Gone Fishin' Mixer at Great Peaks Realty! A'viands will be catering :)

    Join us for our August Gone Fishin' Mixer at Great Peaks Realty! A'viands will be catering :)

  • Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce at Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce

    Join us at the Chamber from 1:00-3:00 PM for some cake (yummy carrot cake) and punch. Today is the day we congratulate Mr. Bryan Walker on his new venture!

    Spearfish Economic Development Open House

    On Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 1:00-3:00 PM, the Spearfish Economic Development Board of Directors will host an open house at the Spearfish Chamber of Commerce for exiting SEDC Executive Director Bryan Walker.

    After 19 years as the Executive Director of Spearfish Economic Development, Bryan Walker has accepted a new position as Senior Relations Manager with Highmark Federal Credit Union. "My tenure with SEDC has been a time of great excitement, personal growth and satisfaction," said Walker.

    In his years with the organization, Spearfish has attracted many new businesses, assisted in the growth of existing businesses and has seen a positive impact on people's lives by creating economic opportunities. "It has been a truly rewarding experience to work with the businesses in Spearfish. Although I am leaving my position with SEDC, I will continue to be a part of the Spearfish business community, merely in a different capacity," Walker continued.

    The Spearfish Economic Development Board of Directors is very grateful for the dedication Mr. Walker has had to the organization and invites the business community to join them August 27 as a thank you and congratulations on his new venture.

    Join us at the Chamber from 1:00-3:00 PM for some cake (yummy carrot cake) and punch. Today is the day we congratulate Mr. Bryan Walker on his new venture!

Spearfish Economic Development Open House

On Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 1:00-3:00 PM, the Spearfish Economic Development Board of Directors will host an open house at the Spearfish Chamber of Commerce for exiting SEDC Executive Director Bryan Walker. 

After 19 years as the Executive Director of Spearfish Economic Development, Bryan Walker has accepted a new position as Senior Relations Manager with Highmark Federal Credit Union. "My tenure with SEDC has been a time of great excitement, personal growth and satisfaction," said Walker.

In his years with the organization, Spearfish has attracted many new businesses, assisted in the growth of existing businesses and has seen a positive impact on people's lives by creating economic opportunities. "It has been a truly rewarding experience to work with the businesses in Spearfish. Although I am leaving my position with SEDC, I will continue to be a part of the Spearfish business community, merely in a different capacity," Walker continued. 

The Spearfish Economic Development Board of Directors is very grateful for the dedication Mr. Walker has had to the organization and invites the business community to join them August 27 as a thank you and congratulations on his new venture.

  • Remember that push to name Spearfish as #1 with Outdoor Magazine? The whole community coming together and voting their hearts out? Well, we made it to #12 which is an amazing accomplishment :)

    We began our 2015 Best Towns competition with a bracket of 64 favorites, then let you vote until one dream burg emerged. Here, we present the 16 finalists—the places you say are the top spots in the country to work, run, eat, sail, paddle, drink, ride, and climb. The winner? A southern gem that surp…

    We began our 2015 Best Towns competition with a bracket of 64 favorites, then let you vote until one dream burg emerged. Here, we present the 16 finalists—the places you say are the top spots in the country to work, run, eat, sail, paddle, drink, ride, and climb. The winner? A southern gem that surp…

  • Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce shared Spearfish Young Professionals Group's event.

    Join us for our Young Professionals Meeting next Tuesday!

    Join us for our monthly YP meeting on September 1st! Dr. David Czerny will be discussing topics of Personal Healthcare Management - Eye care. As people in front of the computer and telephone screens most of the day, there are things we can make sure we do to keep our eyes healthy! 

Hope to see you there!

    Join us for our monthly YP meeting on September 1st! Dr. David Czerny will be discussing topics of Personal Healthcare Management - Eye care. As people in front of the computer and telephone screens most of the day, there are things we can make sure we do to keep our eyes healthy! Hope to see you there!

  • Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce created an event.

    Join us for our August Gone Fishin' Mixer at Great Peaks Realty! A'viands will be catering :)

    Join us for our August Gone Fishin' Mixer at Great Peaks Realty! A'viands will be catering :)