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Elevate's Critical Issues Luncheon Series:
Housing Strategies for Economic Development
Join us for our first forum of our new event series: the 2021 Critical Issues Luncheon Series. During the July forum you will hear from an influential panel to discuss Housing Strategies for Economic Development. As we witness the explosive growth of Rapid City’s population, community partners identified the need for affordable housing support workforce and promote the quality of life in the Black Hills.

Those joining the panel will be:
  • Liz Hamburg, Black Hills Area Community Foundation
  • Alan Solano, John T. Vucurevich Foundation
  • Vicki Fisher, City of Rapid City
  • David Lust, consultant for the Strategic Housing Initiative
  • Scott Engmann, Black Hills Habitat for Humanity

During this forum, the panelists will touch on the following:
  • An overview of the need for housing across all income and need levels.
  • Discussion of housing as it relates to workforce development and the growth of a healthy, vibrant economy.
  • Collaboration efforts across the community to identify innovative solutions, and the future of these partnerships to make substantial impact.
2021 Legislative Summer Study: Workforce Housing
A legislative interim study committee will be in town on July 14 to listen to testimony and discuss our region’s need for workforce housing solutions. This team of legislators have volunteered their time this summer to research and coordinate strategies that can ease the pressure on housing availability and costs.

We encourage you to tune in and hear local experts and advocates share the progress made by community partnerships, and the potential for collaboration with the state.

Housing is one of today’s most pressing economic development topics, and future growth will not happen without continued discussions with all partners. Keep an eye out for the agenda with the official time and location of the meeting.
2021 Legislative Scorecard
If you haven’t checked it out yet, find the 2021 Elevate Legislative Scorecard at
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