BELLE FOURCHE — Belle Fourche Development Corporation (BFDC) held its annual meeting Wednesday where member businesses and regional champions came together to celebrate achievements and learn about the organization’s goals for the year ahead.
Hollie Stalder, BFDC executive director, welcomed guests to the annual meeting, held at Grap’s Burgers and Brews in Belle Fourche, before holding a board election for three seats being vacated. Stan Harms, Butte County Commissioner, Kelly Milliken, with the Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce, and Jim Doolittle, longtime member and past board president, were thanked and gifted plaques to recognize their service to the community. Following a brief election, Chad Pelster, Karen Wagner, and Julie Wingen were voted to fill the three seats.
15 new businesses recognized
Fifteen new businesses made their way into Belle Fourche in 2019 and Stalder recognized them for their contribution to making Belle Fourche a better place to live. Those companies include: American Ag Video Auction; Belle Boutique; Belle Fourche Flight Center; Belle Fourche Beacon; Denim & Opal; Designs by Daphne; Highmark Federal Credit Union; Keller Williams Real Estate – Skyler Massie; Leaky Pot Café; Moxie Marketing; Old Hickory Sheds; Prairie Hills Pharmacy; Red Sun Studio; State Home Services; and Venue 519 Business Complex.
Looking toward the future
BFDC leases the Belle Fourche Industrial Rail Park where a rail spur offers local and regional businesses the opportunity to utilize rail for shipping and receiving. Stalder said the corporation has two local customers and four prospective customers.
Although the rail spur has been an asset to the industrial park, Stalder said the corporation realized more space was needed to attract more customers. Currently, only 27 cars can fit on the spur that veers off the main line, making it a tight squeeze for some businesses. With that in mind, BFDC applied for a $2 million grant to assist with funding a rail expansion to accommodate more rail cars and customers. Stalder said BFDC has been told that the grant application passed the requirements and they are waiting for the final approval, hopefully able to make the announcement in the next few weeks.
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