The Alliance 2017 Annual Meeting | Hotel & Travel


Leaders Facing Change:
Asking the Right Questions

April 8-10, 2015
Rapid City, SD


Conference Hotel and Travel

Hotel Alex Johnson
523 6th St.
Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone: (605) 342-1210
Fax: (605) 342-9326

The Hotel Alex Johnson is a historic hotel in Rapid City, South Dakota, having opened in 1928. Please make your room reservations by calling (605) 342-1210 and asking for the Western Alliance for Community College Academic Leaders discounted rate of $69.00 for the standard room or $79.00 for the deluxe king room. The cut-off date for the discounted rate is March 5, 2015, unless the block fills earlier. Room costs are the responsibility of the meeting attendees.

Airport Information

The Rapid City Regional Airport is served by most major airlines. It is approximately 10 miles from the Hotel Alex Johnson.

Transportation options

The Hotel Alex Johnson offers a complimentary shuttle service from the hotel to the Rapid City Regional Airport. Please go to the baggage claim exit and look for a white and blue Airport Express van with the Alex Johnson logo. Return shuttles will need to be scheduled in advance with the front desk.

If you prefer to take a taxi, please call Rapid Taxi at (605) 348-8080. You may also book online at Taxi service is approximately $27 one-way.

Driving instructions to Tempe Mission Palms from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

  • Start out going northwest on Terminal Road.
  • Keep right at the fork to continue on Terminal Rd.
  • Turn left onto Airport Rd.
  • Turn right onto E Highway 44/SD-44. Continue to follow SD-44 for 8.4 miles.
  • Turn left onto East Blvd.
  • Take the 2nd right onto Main St.
  • Turn left onto 6th St.

The Alex Johnson has complimentary parking in an offsite parking garage located down the block from the hotel at the corner of 6th and Rapid Streets.

What to Wear

Dress for the meeting is business casual. The average temperature in the Rapid City area in April is 56 degrees.

Local Attractions

Only a short drive from many well-known Rapid City attractions such as Mount Rushmore and the Reptile Gardens, the historic Hotel Alex Johnson is also in a prime location for guests to visit other areas of the Black Hills. Travel back in time 2.5 billion years at the Journey Museum, escape into the 144 miles of nature on the Mickelson Trail, or view the beauty of the Black Hills from a new perspective on an 1880 Steam Train.

After the program concludes on Friday, we hope you will stay and explore the spectacular Rapid City area. The South Dakota tourism website is

  • Crazy Horse Memorial - Crazy Horse Memorial is the world's largest sculpture-in-progress, and frequent drilling and mountain blasts make each visit unique. When completed, Crazy Horse Memorial will stand 563 feet tall by 641 feet long.
  • Badlands National Park - Walk where ancient animals such as the rhino, horse, and saber-toothed cat once roamed at this 244,000 acre park filled with astounding geologic deposits containing one of the world’s richest fossil beds.
  • Broken Boot Gold Mine - The Broken Boot Gold Mine, located on upper Main Street in Deadwood, provides underground tours of an authentic 100-year-old gold mine. Courteous and informed guides show you where miners pursued gold ore veins with black powder and candlelight.
  • Rushmore Cave - Explore the stalactite-filled caverns of this amazing natural wonder, soar through the sky on the new Soaring Eagle Zipline Ride or try your skill at the New Gunslinger 7-D Interactive Theater.
  • Reptile Gardens - Reptile Gardens, located six miles south of Rapid City on Hwy 16, offers 50,000 flowers, exotic birds, great shows, minerals and fossils. The world's largest reptile collection is on display along with Tropical Orchids in an indoor jungle, giant tortoises and birds of prey. Now featuring Komodo Dragons, Reptile Gardens was listed as a top 10 roadside attraction by USA Today.
  • Spearfish Canyon - Black Hills beauty at its finest, Spearfish Canyon is one of the most scenic landscapes in the state. With over 1300 plant species, various types of animals and Bridal Veil Falls to explore, this area is one that sightseers, picnickers, bikers, and families do not want to miss.
  • Mammoth Site - Located in Hot Springs, SD, the Mammoth Site offers visitors a window into the Ice Ages with an active paleontological dig site and exhibited fossils for all ages to enjoy.