New Business Opens in Faith; Approved for County Loan Fund

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STURGIS (12/16/2015) – Bailly Enright, a recent graduate of the Sturgis-based Desiree and Company School of Beauty, opened Sage Brush Salon in Faith in December. The new business is located in the Keffeler Kreations building at 115 North Avenue West. In addition to cuts, colors and retail products for the entire family, she specializes in nail enhancements and operates full time. To make an appointment, call 605-515-3915. Walk-ins are always welcome.

Bailly utilized the Meade County Economic Development Loan Fund and the services of the Sturgis Economic Development Corp (SEDC) to start her business. Bailly states, “Working with the County and SEDC has been enjoyable. They helped to make starting my business a fun and rewarding experience. I encourage other small business owners to consider this funding resource.”

Meade County Commissioners established the Meade County Economic Development Loan Fund in 2012. Today, the total loan fund value is over $140,000. These revolved loan funds are available to private businesses – both large and small – to stimulate economic development growth in Meade County. There is no set minimum or maximum loan amount. Terms are flexible. Loans are funded in partnership with lending agencies, and are based on job and/or service creation. While the Meade County Economic Development Loan Fund is administered by the Sturgis Economic Development Corp (SEDC), all loans require final approval from the Meade County Commission. For more information on the loan fund or the application process, contact Pat Kurtenbach, SEDC, at 605-347-4906 or pat@sturgisdevelopment.com.

SEDC President Pat Kurtenbach adds, “SEDC is proud to represent the County in this new small business project. As the Sage Brush Salon grows, we hope Bailly will be able to eventually employ a staff of stylists and continue to serve the Faith area for many years to come.”

Sturgis Economic Development Corp December Newsletter

The SEDC annual board retreat provided a timely opportunity to review progress made in 2015. While we determined that one word cannot sum up the growth experienced by Sturgis and Meade County in 2015, a few starters would be: “Astonishing.” “Incredible.” “Unbelievable.” “Amazing.” The strides made in residential, commercial, and industrial development appears to be breaking previous records. Although the City’s 2015 sales tax revenue and new construction permit numbers are not yet final, both of these indicators point to healthy economic growth. In some cases, this growth is leading not only the region, but also the state. The County’s discretionary formula numbers that capture new commercial construction information will be available in March. It appears this growth trend will continue into 2016 as several commercial projects are in development stages. 

SEDC is proud to be a part of this growth explosion, and appreciates the relationships with our development partners and public and private contributors that help make this happen. Through cooperation and a mutual desire to enhance our community, everyone benefits. Thank you for your partnership. 

Below are a few examples of the growth Sturgis and Meade County have experienced in 2015.

 

BUSINESS GROWTH

10 Businesses – 128 total jobs.   66 retained/expanded.   62 new jobs

$5.4 million estimated annual payroll

DiversityFood/retail services, Manufacturing, Automotive, Motorcycle

Locations – Main Street, Junction, Lazelle, Exit 32, Industrial Park      

 

STURGIS INDUSTRIAL PARK GROWTH

Landsport built an 11,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility.

SEDC built the 5,100 sq. ft. industrial incubator.

The Meade School District’s new machinist training program started there in September with 15 students.

3,300 sq. ft. still available for lease through SEDC.

Colorado-based Lockwood Engineering DBA Black Widow Cams purchased a 1-acre lot.

Only 5 acres remain in the Sturgis Industrial Park.

 

RESIDENTIAL GROWTH

Sierra Vista Sturgis apartment homes on Ball Park Road opened November 1 and have been filling quickly. Only five of the 16 apartments remain available for lease. The apartments remaining are spacious 2-bedroom/1-bath units that lease for $780 per month, including water, sewer and garbage. They feature all major appliances, a private deck/patio and are pet friendly. Spearfish developer Baron Properties, LLC expects to begin construction on the next 16 units in Spring 2016. Sierra Vista will have 48 market rate rental units when the project is complete. For more info, contact the Sturgis Help-U-Rent office at (605) 722-7368 or http://sturgisapartments.homesandland.com.

DOLAN CREEK ESTATES, located at the west end of Dolan Creek Road in Sturgis, is a 106-unit single family development that broke ground in June. The infrastructure for Phase 1 is in place. It already has 23 lots under construction, which far outpaces the developer’s initial expectations. Lots start at $35,250. The developer encourages local realtors and contractors to participate in marketing and constructing this project. The City of Sturgis provided TIF financing for the project to Rapid City developer Dolan Creek Estates, LLC. For more information, contact managing member Brad Hammerbeck at (605) 381-4577 or bradhammerbeck@gmail.com.

CANYON VIEW ESTATES, located on Pine View Drive in Sturgis, is a 5-acre, 19-unit residential development that broke ground in October. Site work began immediately in order to have utilities in place this fall for paving and construction to begin in the spring. The development consists of a cul-de-sac with five single family homes at the rear and seven twin homes flanking the sides. Prices will start at $175,000. It adjoins the Black Hills National Forest and will have a public access recreational trail leading directly from it to forest service land. The City of Sturgis provided TIF financing for the project to Rapid City developer Sharaf 2 Properties, LLC. For more info, contact Project Manager Kyle Treloar at (605) 348-0538 or kylet@dreamdesigninc.com.

Canyon View Estates Residential Development Breaks Ground

STURGIS, SD (10/26/2015) – A ribbon cutting and groundbreaking ceremony for Canyon View Estates will be Tuesday, October 27, at 1:00 pm at the site located at 952 Pine View Drive, Sturgis. The public is invited to attend and meet the developer’s representative Jack Hattervig and Project Manager Kyle Treloar from Dream Design International, Inc. to learn more about this exciting residential community.

The 19-unit, 5-acre development consists of a cul-de-sac with five single family homes, as well as, seven twin homes. Prices will start at $175,000. It adjoins the Black Hills National Forest and will have a public access recreational trail leading directly from it to forest service land. Site work will begin immediately to have utilities in place this fall in order to have paving and construction begin in the spring. Finished homes will be available in late summer or early fall 2016.

The City of Sturgis provided TIF financing for the project to Rapid City developer Sharaf 2 Properties, LLC. Developer Hani Shafai states, “Canyon View Estates would not happen without cooperation between the City of Sturgis and the Sturgis community. Through the City and SEDC, we learned of the local housing shortage. We immediately began working with them to create a residential project that is both visually pleasing and price conscious. We are excited to bring our years of development experience to Sturgis, and anticipate that this will be the first of many Sturgis projects for us.”

Sturgis City Manager Daniel Ainslie adds, “Canyon View Estates will be a great addition to Sturgis. The high-quality houses conveniently situated in the high growth area of Exit 32 will offer much needed homes for our growing community.”

SEDC President Pat Kurtenbach states, “Canyon View Estates promises to be a unique, well-designed residential development ideally suited to our growing community. We thank the developers for their investment in Sturgis.”

Directions to the site: From Exit 32, take Junction Avenue south to Pine View Drive. Turn right. Site is located at 952 Pine View Drive.

Sierra Vista Ribbon Cutting and Open House Tour

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STURGIS, SD (10/21/2015) – The public is invited to attend a Chamber ribbon cutting, open house and tour celebrating the new Sierra Vista Apartment Homes and Help-U-Rent in Sturgis. The event will be held Thursday, October 29th, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at 1104 Ball Park Road, Sturgis.

This 16-unit property is the first phase of a 48-unit multi-family residential complex developed by Dane Goetz, owner of Baron Properties. Sierra Vista is a 2-story facility featuring 2-, 3-, and 4-bedroom units ranging in size from 800 – 1,800 sq. ft. The apartment homes offer an open floor concept, several of which are ADA accessible. These upscale, market-rate lease units are furnished with all major appliances including dishwasher, garbage disposal, electric range, microwave hood, side-by-side refrigerator with water & ice dispenser, full size washer and dryer. Each unit also features individually controlled heat and air conditioning, outdoor living space with either a back patio or deck, and granite countertops in the bath. Monthly lease rates range from $780 – $1,000 and include all utilities except electricity and communications. The entire facility is pet-friendly. Over half of the units are already pre-leased.

The property will be managed by Jenni Tucker, owner of Help-U-Rent, a professional rental property management company located at 1238 Main Street, Suite 3, Sturgis. For leasing information contact Jenni at 605-722-7368 or jenni@help-u-rent.net.

Baron Properties has over 12 years of real estate rental experience in Spearfish. Developer Dane Goetz states, “Our goal is to provide a clean, comfortable, and safe living environment for our tenants. We see the growth going on in Sturgis and believe the Sierra Vista complex will be a very good fit for the community.”

Baron Properties purchased the property from the Sturgis Economic Development Corp (SEDC) in 2014 after learning the results of a housing study commissioned by the City and SEDC that outlined the housing shortage in Sturgis. SEDC President Pat Kurtenbach states, “Sierra Vista Sturgis will be a great asset to our community. It will help fill a gap identified by the recent housing study. Its location near the elementary school, as well as, easy access to amenities and I-90, make it a perfect spot to welcome new families to our community.”

Maverik Coming to Sturgis

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Sturgis, SD (10.13.2015) – A new 5,046 sq. ft. Adventure’s First Stop – Maverik store will soon be under construction at 2426 Junction Avenue, Sturgis. The chain started in 1928 as a 2-pump gas station in Afton, Wyoming. Maverik now has more than 270 stores in 10 states, making it the largest independent fuel marketer in the Intermountain West.

The store will offer a large selection of ‘made fresh daily’ convenience foods as well as popular convenience items and fuel. The store is scheduled to begin construction this fall and is expected to open in late spring of 2016.

Reprinted courtesy of the City of Sturgis.

2015 Student Enrollment Up

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Sturgis, SD  (10.9.2015) – Enrollment for the 2015-16 school year is up in Meade School District 46-1.

This year’s official count is 2,687 – 45 more students than last year. At a per student allocation of $4,877, this increase equates into almost $220,000 more in state aid.

Meade Superintendent Don Kirkegaard said the 2015-16 budget was built based on anincrease of 30 students. “Naturally, we are a bit relieved,” he said. 

The largest increase in enrollment is at Sturgis Williams Middle School where there are 30 more students than last year for an enrollment of 497 in grades six, seven and eight.

The rural schools have 16 more students for an enrollment of 103 in kindergarten through eighth grade. 

Six more students are enrolled at Piedmont Valley Elementary for a total of 569 in grades kindergarten through sixth. 

The official enrollment for Sturgis Brown High School is 677, two more than last year.

Sturgis Elementary School has the same number of students as last year – 716 in kindergarten through fifth grade, while Whitewood Elementary School has 17 fewer students for an enrollment of 106 in kindergarten through sixth grade.

The enrollment also includes 18 out-of-district students.

Reprinted courtesy of Meade School District

Sturgis Trail Project Reaches Significant Milestone

Sturgis, SD 10.9.2015 – The City of Sturgis has secured $250,000 in funding through the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) to construct a three mile trail around the Fort Meade Veterans Administration Hospital (VA). The trail will be handicapped accessible and will tie into key existing facilities and points of interest spanning an area over 100 miles long. 

The new trail will enrich the experience of hospital guests and create a new recreation opportunity for VA staff and area residents by connecting the Fort Meade Trailhead including the Fort Meade Recreation Area Trail System and Centennial Trail. The new trail will also link the Sturgis Bike Path, Barry Stadium, and Fort Meade Museum. 

The Bureau of Land Management, VA, the City of Sturgis, Sturgis Parks Department, and area non-profit Black Hills Trails have been collaborating on the development of an extensive stacked loop recreational trail system in and around the City of Sturgis since 2013. This new accessible loop trail is a significant milestone in that collaboration. 

Future goals of this group initiative include connecting these trails with proposed trail systems on Deadman Mountain and in the Sturgis Watershed, and ultimately to connect area communities. 

To get involved please subscribe to the Black Hills Trails email list onhttp://www.blackhillstrails.org/. Future news and opportunities to collaborate and volunteer will be announced on this website, as available.

Black Widow Cams, Sifton to Relocate to Sturgis

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Sturgis, SD 9/18/2015 – Lockwood Engineering, DBA Sifton Racing Cams & Black Widow Cams, announces plans to relocate from Littleton, Colorado. In July, owners Craig and Vikki Lockwood purchased a 1-acre parcel in the Sturgis Industrial Park where they will construct a building to house their camshaft and machining services, offer complete Harley-Davidson tuning services and Harley-Davidson and S & S engine re-manufacturing. They will also bring the renowned S & S Pro Tuning Center banner to the region, as well as, vintage automotive and motorcycle engines. They will join the growing number of businesses choosing to relocate to the business-friendly Black Hills region.

BH Federal Credit Union Breaks Ground in Sturgis

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Sturgis, SD 9/10/15 – Black Hills Federal Credit Union and community representatives officially broke ground Thursday, September 10 at the construction site at the corner of Lazelle and Junction. Several local businesses and individuals were on hand for the noon ceremony to hear remarks from Roger Heacock, BHFCU President/CEO, as well as, welcomes from Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen and Meade County Commissioner Bob Bertolotto. 

Demolition of the existing building is currently underway, with a 28-week construction timeline expected. The 4,500 sq. ft. building will employ eight when it opens.

Jerry Schmidt, BHFCU Senior Vice President of Operations, states, “Black Hills Federal Credit Union is excited to serve the Sturgis community with our new location.  We have a sizeable member base local to Sturgis and believe Sturgis is a robust and growing community.  The City of Sturgis is putting a great deal of effort and investment into the growth of the community.  It is evident with the new plaza and the Business Improvement District that the community leaders want to serve the citizens better, and we want to be a part of that growth as well.”

Photo courtesy of the City of Sturgis.

Sturgis Economic Development Corp August Newsletter

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SEDC Incubator nears completion in the Sturgis Industrial Park – The Sturgis Brown High School’s new machinist training program will open in SEDC’s new industrial incubator in September. The first class of 15 students will begin their school day at 7:30 am in the Sturgis Industrial Park under the instruction of Cyle Miller. This Career Technical Education (CTE) course will provide students dual credits through Western Dakota Tech. Upon graduation, this could allow them to fast track into the job market, or greatly reduce the cost and training time if they choose to further their technical education. The building and program were made possible by match grants from USDA Rural Development and the SD Future Fund, as well as, an educational partnership with the Meade School District, Sturgis Industrial Park manufacturers, and SEDC.

The incubator building has three individually metered units available for lease to start-up companies. These units will be completed to suit each tenant. For more info, contact Pat at 347-4906 or pat@sturgisdevelopment.com.

Black Widow Cams, a subsidiary of Lockwood Engineering, announces plans to relocate from Littleton, Colorado. In July, owners Craig and Vikki Lockwood purchased a 1-acre parcel in the Sturgis Industrial Park where they will construct a building to house their camshaft and machining services, offer complete Harley-Davidson tuning services and Harley-Davidson and S & S engine re-manufacturing. They will also bring the renowned S & S Pro Tuning Center banner to the region, as well as, vintage automotive and motorcycle engines.

Landsport DBA Advanced Aluminum Structures is up and running in their new 11,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility at 1220 Sturgis Street, Sturgis Industrial Park. They made the move from their Lazelle Street location in July. Their new building has allowed them the opportunity to grow their business and expand their employees from 13 to 18.

Sierra Vista Sturgis apartment homes located on Ball Park Road are quickly being leased. Although they will not be ready until November, five of the 16 units are already leased. These spacious apartments feature all major appliances, a private deck/patio, and are pet friendly. Water, sewer, and garbage are furnished. These 2-, 3- and 4-bedroom apartments are “market rate”, with rates ranging from $780 – $1250 per month. For more info, contact the Sturgis Help-U-Rent office at 722-7368 or http://sturgisapartments.homesandland.com/.

Domino’s is hiring delivery drivers for all shifts. Drivers can average $15.00 per hour with tips. To apply, go to Domino’s on Main Street Sturgis or call 605-561-0555 for an application.

Scott Peterson Motors and Indian Motorcycle Sturgis are planning a Grand Opening Weekend for both stores Sept 11th and 12th. They are giving away over $100,000 worth of cool with a custom truck, trailer and motorcycle prize going to one lucky winner. There will be music, food, and fun events happening all weekend. For all the info, go to http://scottpetersonmotors.com/sweepstakes/                             

Black Hills Federal Credit Union is expanding to Sturgis! Please join their groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, September 10, noon – 1:00 pm at the construction site at the corner of Lazelle and Junction. Demolition of the existing building is currently underway, with a 28-week construction timeline expected. The 4,500 sq. ft. building will employ eight when it opens. Jerry Schmidt, BHFCU Senior Vice President of Operations, states, “Black Hills Federal Credit Union is excited to serve the Sturgis community with our new location.  We have a sizeable member base local to Sturgis and believe Sturgis is a robust and growing community.  The City of Sturgis is putting a great deal of effort and investment into the growth of the community.  It is evident with the new plaza and the Business Improvement District that the community leaders want to serve the citizens better, and we want to be a part of that growth as well.”

Daycare – The City of Sturgis and SEDC have been exploring ways to meet childcare and pre-kindergarten needs of our community. Over the next three years, 217 new housing units in four residential developments are planned for Sturgis. With this growth will come an increased demand for childcare. Under consideration is a large facility that would provide full-time, year-round certified care for infants and children 6 weeks old and up. When the location is finalized, a formal Request for Proposal will go out to individuals and agencies interested in providing these services.

Sturgis Revenue and Construction Growth – Sturgis continues to experience increased sales tax revenues in 2015, out-performing the state average by more than double. Additionally, new construction permits issued in Sturgis are topping $10.9 Million YTD. This is also expected to increase significantly by year end with the residential and commercial projects currently planned.

H-D Rally Point ribbon cutting and Post-rally community picnic – Over 800 gathered for the celebration and festivities which included a movie, picnic, ribbon cutting ceremony and live band. Our long-range vision for a downtown community plaza has finally been realized.

Focus groups involved with Future Sturgis as far back as 2008 brought forth the concept of a community gathering point. In 2011, the Sturgis Comprehensive Plan recommended establishing Main Street public accommodations that are functional and aesthetically pleasing. In June 2012, the Downtown Revitalization Committee began to meet regularly with FourFront Design and elected officials to bring forth a series of changes designed to reshape the future of downtown Sturgis.

Over the past seven years, hundreds of community residents, local organizations and elected officials have invested an incredible amount of time, work and financial resources to make our community plaza a reality. Thanks to this dedication, our plaza is no longer a dream, but a gathering point that can be enjoyed by our families for generations.