Community, military leaders discuss future of Ellsworth & support for military families

Img 4332RAPID CITY, S.D. — Community leaders met in Rapid City Thursday to discuss the issues facing our military community.

State legislators discussed bills passed to help military families and advocated for a continuing relationship.

With the incoming B-21 bomber, and the influx of thousands of military personnel, local legislators say we have a lot to look forward to, as well as, work to do.

“Education is key,” says State Sen. David Johnson of District 33. “We’re going to have 7,000 new people living in our community, and you know what? A third of that is going to be children who are going to be attending our school district of Rapid City Area Schools. Education is key for those families that are moving in here.”

Johnson says the recent changes in administration for Rapid City Area Schools have him optimistic. With those gains, there are still infrastructure concerns for the Box Elder area, like the availability of housing, road improvements, and water.

“There’s been a lot of discussion in Pierre and $600 million allocated to a pipeline to get water from the Missouri River out to Western South Dakota,” Sen. Johnson says. “Now that isn’t just Rapid City by itself or Ellsworth. We’re talking about regional; entire western region of South Dakota.”

State legislators encouraged the community to take action, speak out, and advocate.

Thursday’s meeting is part of a series called “Chow Hall Luncheons,” which are designed to bring the public, the military, and local leaders together. The next luncheon is scheduled for November.

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