Despite the rainy weather in Rapid City on Tuesday, we had a successful groundbreaking event for our new corporate headquarters. More than 80 community, state and Black Hills Corp. leaders attended a brief ceremony out at the intersection of Catron Boulevard and U.S. Highway 16. This groundbreaking represents the tremendous leap in size that our company has seen over the past decade, as well as growth that is expected in the coming year.
What began as an upstart energy provider in the 1880s mining town of Deadwood, South Dakota, is today home to 2,000 employees, serves 792,000 utility customers in seven states and generates wholesale electricity and produces natural gas, oil and coal.
“We are one of the largest publicly traded companies headquartered in South Dakota,” said Black Hills Corp. Chairman, President and CEO David Emery. “We’re proud to call Rapid City our home. By choosing to build our new corporate headquarters in Rapid City, we are reaffirming our commitment to Rapid City and the state of South Dakota.”
We are consolidating 500 Rapid City corporate employees from five locations into the new headquarters, creating efficiencies to benefit customers, employees and shareholders.
“The building’s design reflects more than a century of pride and community service in a state-of-the-art facility that incorporates LEED-based sustainability measures and features practical, comfortable and flexible workspaces,” Emery said.
Following the program, David Emery, Mayor Steve Allender and Benjamin Snow, president of the Rapid City Economic Development Partnership headed out into the gray day and officially broke ground at our new corporate headquarters site.
Emery said employees will begin moving into the new headquarters when construction is completed in fall 2017.
You can watch the entire groundbreaking ceremony below.