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When was the last time you heard someone say, “We tried that before and it didn’t work!” In my early days as a local leader those words spoken by an experienced leader often stopped me in my tracks. Their words indicated to me that they had the experience of knowing what worked and what didn’t work in the community. Sometimes I would ask, “Why?” and rarely get a strong explanation about the failure that occurred, which left me determined to learn more.
My confidence as a leader has grown over the years and I have gained much more experience. Now when someone says, “We tried that before and it didn’t work!” my response is…”and, what did you learn from that?”
Learning about failed attempts, missed opportunities, and community history requires honest and focused conversations with local leaders. I strongly believe that as … Read More »
#thinkbigandtakeaction — Something big is happening in the small town of Tripp, South Dakota.
The ball started rolling when Bryan Bietz attended his first Tripp Area Community Foundation meeting.
“Bryan came home and told me he had been elected President, and we both kind of laughed because it had been his very first meeting. Neither of us had experience with community development, however, we both knew we wanted to do more for our community,” explains his wife, Shawn, a local veterinarian. “I started Googling rural development in South Dakota and Dakota Resources popped up, which led me to the RuralX event in Aberdeen. After exploring the website, reading reviews and watching the RuralX video, we knew we needed to go.”
Wall, South Dakota’s tagline is “Window to the Badlands.” Thanks to the efforts of a forward-thinking city council and a progressive economic development corporation, that window is opening to dozens of new opportunities for this tourism-based community.
One of those opportunities includes a strategic focus on housing development to help overcome Wall’s dire lack of available housing. To help generate new ideas and access more housing resources, the Wall Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) joined the Dakota Resources Home Address Plus learning network in 2016 to help connect with other rural communities and learn from their successes. The network offers online support for housing questions, monthly webinars, access to tools and resources and bi-annual Home Address Plus learning network gatherings.
“We were invited to try the network before we joined. The first gathering we attended was very inspiring. We could see the … Read More »
In 2010, the Faulkton area began rewriting its story with an “all-in” dedication to growth and a positive community atmosphere. The ambitious rural community has been adding exciting new chapters to their story ever since. Their latest ends with Faulkton being named the 2016 Dakota Rising Innovative Site of the Year, which was awarded for a long list of community accomplishments as well as innovative plans for the future.
“All of our growth and development started with Dakota Rising,” says Trevor Cramer, Economic Development Director for Faulkton. “We are far from done…in fact, we’re just getting started. Our latest venture is the collaboration between the Faulkton Business and Professionals Association and the Business/Entrepreneurship pillar of the Faulkton Area Economic Development Corporation (FAEDC)—which comes directly from Dakota Rising.”
That collaboration grew from a brainstorm session being led by Dakota Rising Community Coach … Read More »