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BH Symposium

The Black Hills Defense and Industry Symposium is coming to The Monument April 12- 13, 2023.

This annual event will bring leaders of academia, research, industry, military and the Black Hills communities together for meaningful dialogue on the importance of defense investment in western South Dakota. Leaders will discuss how attendees can contribute to solutions for stronger national defense and bolstered regional economic development.

The 2023 Symposium will feature high level discussion and breakout sessions regarding PFOS/PFOA and Critical Minerals from South Dakota Mines, Design and Construction Opportunities from the Defense Industry in the Region, SBIR Successes, helpful information about doing business with the Government, along with important information regarding the B21 status. We encourage all Black Hills residents to register and attend.

The Symposium will kick off at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, April 12, with featured speaker, Nancy Balkus, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Environment, Safety, and Infrastructure (SAF/IEE), followed by the PFOS working group, along with an opening reception sponsored by South Dakota Mines. Opening session and vendors begin on Thursday, April 13 at 8am with the MAC Chow Hall luncheon at 12pm followed by the afternoon sessions resuming at 1:30pm.

Featured speakers will include:
Congressman Dusty Johnson; Senator Mike Rounds; Major General Scott Vander Hamm, USAF, Retired, Vice President and Corporate Lead Executive at Northrop Grumman Corporation; Major General John Allen, USAF, Commander, Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas

Be a part of the Vendor Showcase! Vendor/Sponsorship includes two full registrations to the event on April 13th.

Online registration is required and will close on April 7, 2023.

There is no fee for students or any active military and civilian personnel at South Dakota National Guard, Camp Rapid, and Ellsworth Air Force Base.

Anyone planning to attend must register for the event and lunch is NOT included. View all available ticket options and register via the link below.

* Professional development hours available.

For more information contact: Tiffani Robertson,

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Symposium Agenda

2023 BH Symposium Track Agenda