The South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority was created by the South Dakota Legislature
in March of 2009 with the following mission:

  • To make sure that the Great State of South Dakota is always a Great Place for the U.S. Department of Defense to conduct its essential national defense mission at Ellsworth Air Force Base.  
  • To work hand in hand with local governments, the private sector and property owners to promote the health and safety of those living or working near the base.
  • To protect and promote the economic impact of Ellsworth Air Force Base and associated industry.
  • To work with the Base and local communities to prepare for additional growth in missions at Ellsworth Air Force Base.

For more information, please contact the Authority Information Line at or call 605-719-3844.

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