Rapid City Chamber of Commerce

Workforce Development



This committee usually meets the fourth Thursday of each month in the Chamber Boardroom (room 207). Call the Chamber to confirm date and time.

Chair: Dustin Baertsch, Workforce Development Coordinator, Associated General Contractors of South Dakota
Vice Chair: Ryan Harris, Workforce Development Coordinator, Rapid City Economic Development Partnership

Staff Liaison: Debbie Leber

Mission Statement

Connecting employers and educators for the development of Rapid City's present and future workforce.

We believe that one of the keys to a strong community is a strong workforce. Our committee is dedicated to converging K-16 education with current business trends and needs. We focus on two elements: Business Partnerships and Education & Career Development.

Objectives: Host the Business to Business Expo/February Mixer, host lunch and learns and other learning opportunities, partner with Chamber businesses who are working toward the same goals, connect businesses and educators towards the common goal of workforce development.

Program Of Work (pdf)


Scholarship Availability: Click Here!

These scholarships are available each year around February or March. 

Committee Members

Suzi Aadland
Dustin Baertsch
Hugh Boyle
Wes Brown
Heidi Bulman
Sandy Burns
Casey Carmichael
Taylor Davis
Terri Davis
Tony DeMaro
Michael Deveraux
Catherine Greseth
Jacob Hamik

Ryan Harris
Jesse Herrera
Tamie Hopp
Kevin Jackson
Aaron Jacobs
Sam Kerr
Melissa Miller Kincart
Debbie Leber
Ronda Lynch
Kevin Maher
Patricia Mahon
Samantha McGrath
Melissa Miller Kincart
Jeff Nelson



Deborah Reynolds
Stephanie Rittberger
Liddy Rohrbach
Keryn Rowland
Peggy Schlechter
Mark Schreiner
Stephanie Seljeskog
Lisa Senecal
Gayle Steiger
Wes Storm
Jerome Wickersham

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Chamber Events

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Community Events

February 16

Children's Theater Play "Tune Kaboom in The Cave of Doom"to be Performed in Lead

When:  2:00pm / Historic Homestake Opera House-313 W. Main Street, Lead

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February 16

Sweetheart Dinner & Dance

When:  5:30pm / South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

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February 17

High Plains Live! Presents: Lyle Berry Band

When:  2:00pm / High Plains Western Heritage Center

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February 21

Salary Negotiation Skills “Work Smart” Workshop for Women presented by the American Association of University Women (AAUW)

When:  8:30am / Black Hills State University - Rapid City

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