Rapid City mayor reflects upon 2017, looks forward to 2018

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RAPID CITY, S.D. -

As 2017 wraps up, city leaders are reflecting upon the work completed and what lies ahead.

The year, which city leaders say was brimming with economic development, also brought growth and change. Mayor Steve Allender says local construction projects have brought jobs and growth to Rapid City.

One of the greatest challenges, says Allender, was trying to please all his constituents.

"[Constituents] generally remain quiet until something really aggravates them, and then they come out,” Allender says. “That makes the job very challenging.”

Allender also says that getting everyone to agree on something can be a challenge for him and members of the city council.

“You have to know how they feel, you have to know what they would support, you have to know the difference what’s right and wrong, and you have to know how to implement your plans and goals,” he says.

A major decision is ahead for Rapid City on how to deal with the controversial Don Barnett Arena in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. The mayor will hold public presentations in January 2018. DETAILS.

Allender also looks forward to the eastward expansion of downtown, and the development of a proposed small business incubation center.

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