2024 Governor's Conference on Economic Development

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Lead - Small town charm

Small town charm with large potential is what Lead boasts about itself. Nestled in the northern Black Hills, this unique mining town has a population of 3000, having seen an uptick the last couple of years.

From new visions to new ideas, Lead is working to grow opportunities, housing, and its workforce.

Lead does all of this while being on the forefront of cutting edge science research as the home to the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF). The facility, nearly a mile underground, hosts world-leading research experiments in physics, biology, geology, and engineering. The creation of the lab provides not only a local impact, but an impact across the world.

The Deadwood/Lead Economic Development Corporation works to promote growth and development of existing businesses while attracting quality new businesses and jobs the community.

Executive director Emma Garvin explained that the community is working on plans for both housing and affordable spaces for businesses.

“Economic development is important to Lead because we have a lot to offer in this town. We are staying focused on expansion in Lead because we want to be on the forefront,” she said.

South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development

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