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Oct 30, 2017

Economic Impact: Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment

The Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF) will be the world's flagship science project to unlock the mysteries of neutrinos, the particles that could be the key to explaining why matter exists in our universe.  It will house the infrastructure and particle detectors for the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) located in Lead, SD.  About 1,000 scientistes from more than 160 laboratories and universities in 30 countries are contributing to this international mega-science project.  The projected economic impact to the state of South Dakota is estimated at $952 million in total economic output with $340 million income for South Dakota households. 

Apr 21, 2016

Deadwood- Lead Housing Study

DL Economic Development  (DLED) recognizes that quality housing for all residences is an important component for our communities to thrive and grow.  In Fall 2015 DLED hired Community Partners Research, Inc. to complete a housing study for the cities of Deadwood and Lead.  A copy of the completed study is attached.  Please contact Deadwood-Lead Economic Development if you have any questions or inquiries regarding the study.   Contact info:  605-722-6939  or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Mar 3, 2016

Deadwood Welcome Center set to open May 2017

A new $6.3 million Deadwood Welcome Center, currently under construction near the gateway to the city’s historic downtown district, will begin greeting visitors in May 2017. Deadwood-Lead Economic Development, the city of Deadwood and the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce broke ground in January for the project.

The new center, located in the Main Street parking lot where more than half of the city’s visitors park their vehicles, will be the first thing visitors see when they arrive in Deadwood. The building will house interactive displays on Deadwood history and attractions, meeting space for events such as farmers markets and community meetings and the offices of the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce/Convention & Visitors Bureau.

“Gaming and tourism are the biggest drivers of Deadwood’s economy. This Welcome Center will strengthen these industries, creating more jobs for Lawrence County residents,” said Lori Frederick, executive director of the Deadwood-Lead Economic Development.

In addition to the new Welcome Center building, the project involves beautification and improved pedestrian access to nearby Whitewood Creek, including a foot bridge connecting the Welcome Center to the walking path on the other side of the creek.

The Welcome Center project is one of several initiatives in the works for Deadwood. The list includes a recently completed $1.3 million remodeling of the Days of ’76 Rodeo Grounds and plans for Outlaw Square, an outdoor venue for concerts and community events.

Mar 2, 2016

Dakota Shivers Brewing

Dakota Shivers Brewing, 717 W. Main Street in Lead, is a labor of love for Linda and Steve Shivers. The couple opened their nanobrewery -- even smaller than a microbrewery -- in 2015.

Originally from Hood River, Ore., Linda and Steve have lived in Alaska, Virginia and other places. Steve works for the U.S. Geological Survey. Their travels took them to Lead eight years ago, where they plan to stay for some time.

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The Lead-Deadwood area is near the geographic center of the United States. It’s close to major transportation routes such as Interstate 90 and the Ports to Plains route from Canada to Mexico. We have a well-educated workforce, and our people know the value of hard work.