Rapid City underwent big changes in 2019

RAPID CITY, S.D. – News and developments this final year of the decade will prove for exciting times ahead in Western South Dakota.

Box Elder and the surrounding area will continue to soar for decades to come with the announcement that Ellsworth Air Force Base will become the first home of the B-21 Raider and house the formal training unit. In March NewsCenter1 broke the news from Washington DC with Senator John Thune.

The advanced stealth bomber will bring families and business to the area, with lasting economic impacts after its arrival in the mid-2020s. As for the  B-1 the area has grown to embrace, its roar is expected to continue into the mid-2030s.

With more families expected to flock to the area Rapid City Area Schools are asking the public to support a $190 million bond. The price down from the originally proposed $250 million.

The bond addresses decades-old facilities by closing some schools, building new ones, and updating many of the existing campuses. Voters will have their say on February 25th.

The school district isn’t the only area looking for development.

The 500 block of Saint Joseph Street in downtown Rapid City is hoping for a new breath of fresh air after failing to become Presidents Plaza years back. In November, Elevate Rapid City settled on the Lloyd company, of Sioux Falls to develop the plot of land to bring living, visiting and shopping space to downtown. Now we wait for a development agreement to go before the Common Council.

Later in the year, an announcement of monumental proportions was made when Regional Health Rapid City announced their transition to Monument Health in January 2020.

But their name change wasn’t the only change up their lab coat sleeve. With the name comes a partnership with the Mayo Clinic, which expands resources for doctors and patients.

The excitement didn’t stop there.

Days after their new name and partnership were unveiled, leaders unveiled the new name to be given to the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in 2021: The Monument.

Inside, the arena will feature free or low-cost health screenings which aim to make health care both convenient and available.

The future Monument is now underway. Its building permit breaking records in being the most expensive permit ever issued by the city at $111.5 million. This brings the year’s issued building permit valuation to $315 million, the fourth highest in the city’s history, setting the bar high to aim even higher in 2020.

Something to watch for in the new year in Rapid City? Home rule.

The city has sights on putting together a committee to look at the potential shake up for our local government.

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