Community Highlights - July Newsletter
30 Jun 2022
Wall Economic Development held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the Wall Industrial Park.
Wednesday, May 23,2022 was a special day. After two years of work towards future growth and development Wall Economic Development and the City of Wall held a Ground Breaking Ceremony at the site of the Wall Industrial Park.
The May 23rd ceremony commemorated the start of construction of the infrastructure that will service the Wall Industrial Park, which is located on the north side of Wall’s municipal airport, near I-90 and encompasses 84 acres.
The Wall Industrial Park has been ongoing project for over two years.
In February 2020 Wall City Council approved a designated area for industrial uses. WEDC provided assistance with planning, environmental assessment and certification of the Wall Industrial Park.
“We’ve been working towards this day for couple years and we couldn’t be more excited to get construction underway” stated Mayor and WEDC Board President Mary Williams.
Mary added that Wall Industrial Park is greatly needed and will provided an opportunity for many businesses and residents in the area.
“Projects like this requires an all-hands-on-deck approach, and we’ve been very fortunate to have a team of partners working to help bring this project to fruition” said Liliya Stone, former Executive Director of WEDC.
Wall Economic Development Corporation is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to be a catalyst to encourage, facilitate, and empower community members to generate growth in our community.
Construction of the infrastructure is scheduled to be completed in August 2022.
Main Street Business lost to Fire
Cactus Cafe and Lounge, located on the Main Street was lost to a fire Monday night, June 20th. The third generations business was operating for almost 70 years on the Wall Main Street.
Wall Economic Development is proud to have Board mebers representing High School.
Sierra Hilgenkamp, High School Board representative graduated in May 2022.
"As a junior in high school, I was presented with the opportunity to join the Wall Economic Development Corporation. With my mother's involvement in our community, I thought this would be a great opportunity to step up and do something too! I eagerly filled out the application and before I knew it, I was a high school representative on the board among many other outstanding individuals.
Saying “yes” and deciding to try something new has been the most beneficial experience for me and my young life. Being a part of this corporation has taught me so much about my community and what makes our little town of Wall special. There is so much work being done behind the scenes to improve the quality of life here for me, my friends, family, and community. I have been blessed to take part in many different projects to benefit those around me. By being active on this board it has given me a new perspective and has taught me to appreciate the people working to make changes for the betterment of our community.
In the Fall, I plan to attend college in Sheridan, Wyoming. Here, I will pursue a degree in nursing and continue my education to receive a BSN certification. I will also be a member of the Sheridan Generals rodeo team. After completing my education, I intend to work as a travel nurse to explore new places. While I am excited for my future and seeing the world, I know my home will always be here in Wall, South Dakota" said Sierra.
Wall Economic development awarded Sierra with $500 scholarship for her dedication to the Board.
Message from former Executive Director Liliya Stone
On April 19,2022 Liliya Stone left Wall Economic Development to pursue another opportunity.
"I have enjoyed my tenure, and I appreciate having had the opportunity to serve this community. I am grateful to the Wall Economic Development Corporation for the time and training invested in me. This is an incredible organization, and I feel fortunate to have been a part of it for these past three years.
I was grateful to represent Wall community at the Governor's Office of Economic Development Annual Conference right before I left, and participate in the panel discussion about successes and lessons learned in economic development.
The Industrial Park development is the biggest success for this organization.
I am excited to get started a new phase of my career, and I will continue cherish and support the work that Wall Economic Development Corporation doing".
Wall elects new Mayor
On May 5, 2022 Mary Williams was sworn in as the mayor of Wall, SD.
Wall Economic Development Corporation continues search for a new Executive Director.