Economic development officials believe the southwestern South Dakota city of Rapid City is in a prime spot to lure more energy-related industries - even though it's not in the heart of energy territory.
Rapid City Economic Development Center President Ben Snow said during an energy conference that the region has a quality of life that is superior to northwestern North Dakota and Montana, where the oil business is booming.
Other attributes touted during the conference included Rapid City's location on an interstate, its pleasant weather and a business-friendly climate. Snow said Rapid City will be courting energy businesses or businesses that service the oil industry, such as steel and plastic manufacturers.
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