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“There have been too many years of no love for rural America. You’ll find all kinds of love for rural at RuralX.”
These are the words of Deb Brown, a national advocate for rural communities. Brown is one of the keynote speakers at RuralX17, a two-day summit being held July 18-19 in Aberdeen, SD, designed to bring rural champions together from across the region to boost rural economic and community development. RuralX17 is organized by Dakota Resources, an organization dedicated to enriching communities and empowering people across rural South Dakota.
Last year was the inaugural RuralX Summit, with over 220 attendees and 57 sponsors. The success of the event immediately prompted organizers to begin planning for this year’s event, which brings back some favorite highlights while adding some fresh new twists.
“We had an overwhelmingly positive response to our first RuralX Summit,” explains … Read More »
First National Bank has provided a $2 million Equity-Equivalent Investment to the Dakota Resources Capital Investment Fund, announced Jeff Jones, Market President, First National Bank.
The $2 million investment, which includes the renewal of an existing $700,000 Equity-Equivalent Investment from the bank plus an additional $1.3 million, reflects First National Bank’s commitment to building strong local economies in the South Dakota rural market.
The investment will be used as loan funds to support businesses, affordable housing and other community development projects in the rural South Dakota counties of Yankton, Bon Homme, Beadle, Davison, Sanborn and Hanson through Dakota Resources Capital Investment Fund loans to development organizations serving those markets.
“At First National Bank, we believe that a successful community is one that is home to local businesses of all sizes and types that produce a variety of goods and services. That’s why we … Read More »
By Heidi Marttila-Losure, Dakotafire Media
For those of us who choose to live on the Great Plains, the wide-open spaces are both our greatest opportunity and our greatest challenge.
The opportunity isn’t obvious to everyone—the ones who call our home “flyover country” aren’t seeing it—but many of us who live here can feel it when we take in a long view toward the horizon: There is possibility in that open space between ground and sky, and part of the meaning of our lives is imagining what that space could be and doing the work we are called to do to make those beautiful visions real.
And here is where RuralX shows its power.
Margot Gillette attended the RuralX Summit last summer and couldn’t wait to go back. In fact, the Economic Development Director for Beadle and Spink Enterprise Community (BASEC) is on a mission to recruit more people to attend from her community, starting with the BASEC Board of Directors.
“Last year’s RuralX was a great experience. BASEC’s staff was able to attend several sessions that directly impact our work in our small communities. I was able to talk with small town developers from all over the state about their work as well as talk with individuals representing some of South Dakota’s larger industries – agriculture, banking and health care. Based on last year’s experience I couldn’t wait to get signed up again,” she says.
Margot grew up in Redfield but moved away to attend college and law school. She practiced law in Colorado before moving … Read More »
The RuralX Summit, organized by Dakota Resources with the help of 57 generous sponsors, was a rural economic and community development summit held in July of 2016 to help rural innovators connect with new ideas, innovative people and forward-thinking collaborations. The two-day event was attended by 222 people who were motivated by:
National rural advocates and celebrated speakers
Networking with key organizations, resources and rural leaders
A farm-to-fork dinner celebration with entertainment
Breakout sessions focused on rural agendas
Inspirational success stories
The following rural successes were a direct result of the 2016 RuralX Summit and can be attributed to the hard-working, visionary people who came to us representing their communities, their organizations and their dreams.