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At a recent community meeting to inform and celebrate Faulkton’s development successes, leaders speak to how Dakota Resources has assisted in expanding community engagement and supporting development initiatives.
Faulkton is a Dakota Rising Site, a Home Address Site and has been engaged in the Regional Systems Engagement pilot. Community Coaches and technical assistance providers have been working with five initiative teams: housing, economic development, leadership, quality of life and philanthropy. The goal of the work has been not just to get projects done, but to practice a more effective way of addressing community issues and ceasing opportunities.
Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYV-MtX8_q0&list=TLiuBcq8DlskjJTQtKRiTVSmXiYLVSnBGH
From its roots as the Northeast South Dakota Economic Corporation, established in 1978 to serve just ten counties, GROW South Dakota has evolved to bring community development success to the entire state.
In 2012 the decision was made to unite three initiatives: housing, community and economic development under the GROW South Dakota name. The organization strives to improve the quality of life in South Dakota communities—and housing programs are a key element in the GROW strategy.
“Most people know us for economic development,” said Lori Finnesand CEO of GROW South Dakota, “but we’ve seen a need for housing in every community we serve. Really, housing and economic development go hand in hand.”
Among the programs GROW features are loan products available for veterans and other low to moderate income South Dakota residents to assist with home purchase and home improvement financing. The veterans … Read More »
By Joe Bartmann and Mike Knutson, with Dr. Jim Beddow
Photo credits to Dakotafire
We’ve enjoyed the honor of coaching four community teams participating in the Home Address program over the last year. Together as a network of eight local teams, a dozen resource providers and our team of coaches, we’re learning great lessons for rural communities who want to take action in a strategic, lasting way. Here are just three of the many lessons that are emerging:
Improving the condition of existing properties and neighborhoods is a high-leverage opportunity. Maybe the biggest tactical “ah-ha!” through this pilot has been the realization that the highest leverage point—the spot that can create the biggest impact with the smallest effort—for every Home Address community is understanding the natural flow of housing property conditions. If you have ever owned a home, … Read More »
With the coming of the New Year many of us make some personal resolutions, like trimming the waistline and spending more time with family. This is also a great time to resolve to make our community even better. Our challenge is to make economic development work in our community, and once we realize that a successful future for all is the goal, we can concentrate on some simple strategies for prosperity.
1. Make the most of what we’ve got. Maximize our advantages, such as vacant buildings, good highway access, existing industry, excellent educational facilities, local craftspeople and retired military professionals. Let’s take the time to analyze our strengths and promote them.
2. Focus on what we do best. Value-added agriculture is still a solid bet in ag-oriented communities. This is a great example of building on an existing industry. We can encourage … Read More »