Business and tourism is strong and growing in Belle Fourche. Sales tax collections were up 8.5 percent in 2012 over the previous year. So far results for this year are positive as well.
Businesses are popping up, tourists are going to the museums, and many trucks are stopping in town on their way through to North Dakota. Chamber of Commerce officials say about 20,000 people stop at the visitor center each year. They expect the trend of more people coming to Belle Fourche to continue.
"I really think our sales tax increases is happening because of the traffic that is coming through Belle Fourche. We have a lot of trucks carrying products and providing services to the oil patch in North Dakota," said Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce Director.
"There's a lot to Belle Fourche that people don't know of, there's little stores that you don't even think of that are around here that are interesting to go into," said Alicia Anderson, who works at the Visitor Center.
Within the next couple of weeks two new businesses, a pipe line plastics company and a fiber glass tank company, are opening in Belle Fourche. That will create about 50 new jobs.