The economy in West River South Dakota is being affected by depressed grain and energy prices. Hear about how major layoffs in the coal fields of eastern Wyoming, declining oil production in North Dakota and and plummeting farm incomes in eastern South Dakota will ripple through the Black Hills region from economist Jacob Mortenson.
Mortenson, a consulting economist with the Black Hills Knowledge Network and South Dakota Dashboard, will speak at noon, Monday, June 27, at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology's King Hall in Rapid City. Tickets are $25. You can register online.
Mortenson, a native of Fort Pierre, has worked for a non-partisan agency in the U.S. Congress forecasting federal income tax revenue. His research, primarily on tax policy, has appeared in academic journals, as part of the Federal Reserve Board's working paper series, and has been featured by the Wall Street Journal. He lives in Sioux Falls.
Mortenson’s presentation is made possible with funding from Regional Health, Security First Bank, Black Hills Community Bank, West River Electric, Golden West Telecommunications, Wells Fargo Bank, the City of Rapid City, Rapid City Economic Development Partnership and the Bush Foundation.