Rapid City Chamber of Commerce

Chamber Public Policy Principles

The Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce supports public policies that promote the following core principles:

Free markets: A free and competitive market is the most effective means of ensuring high levels of service, innovation and competitive pricing. Regulations, although sometimes necessary, should be subject to cost/benefit analysis to ensure compliance costs and requirements will not stifle private enterprise and are based on incentives rather than mandates.

Economic Growth and Opportunity: Proactive business development and economic policies create a positive business climate for our members to create economic growth and opportunity for the region.

Responsible, Effective Institutions: Responsible, efficient and effective government and public institutions that are transparent, accountable and fiscally responsible lead to  stable, predictable government requirements, a responsible tax structure, sound growth policies.

Quality of life: Efforts to cultivate a high quality of life allow our community to retain and attract entrepreneurial activity, private investment, and a quality workforce.

Business Property Rights: Protecting strong business property rights allows businesses to operate efficiently and effectively.

Public Policy Manual

The Chamber's Public Policy Manual is used to communicate to our members, community, and elected officials the position the Chamber has on business related issues. 

Rapid City Chamber Public Policy Manual

Legislative Agenda

Annually, the Chamber reviews the previous year’s legislative agenda and any positions adopted by the board during the year to determine whether each policy remains applicable/viable, needs to be modified or has been completed. Additionally, new policy suggestions, which are received and examined by the Pulic Policy Committee, may be recommended for adoption to the Chamber Board of Directors as a public policy position. This annual process concludes with the adoption of the Legislative Agenda.

2017 State Legislative Agenda