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Connecting small towns with big ideas during two-day event in Mitchell
This June, Dakota Resources and Dakota Wesleyan University are partnering to bring ruralX to Mitchell for a two-day economic and community development event. RuralX is designed to bring rural champions together from across the region together to discover and share new ideas, tools and processes for rural development.
While this is the third year ruralX will be held in South Dakota, it is the first year the event will be located at DWU.
“We are excited to bring RuralX to our campus and to partner with Dakota Resources,” says Fredel Thomas, Dean of Admissions and Marketing at DWU. “We are a rural university, with unique offerings like our Rural Nursing Initiative and our Rural Pastor Project. We have a passion for rural that is echoed in the mission and values of Dakota … Read More »
Hot Springs Star | Isaac Zarecki | May 2, 2018
Three years of process, development and improvement was recognized last Tuesday evening in the Mueller Center Gymnasium. The Hot Springs Community Engagement hosted an annual report on community projects and initiatives, with almost 100 people in attendance
Read the Hot Springs Report of Accomplishments here
In May of 2015, Hot Springs partnered with Dakota Resources community coach, Kristi Wagner, and launched the community engagement process with the purpose of, “unifying Hot Springs for a sustainable future.”
For the rest of 2015 was filled with listening sessions. In total, over 700 people participated. In January of 2016 five key initiatives were born: housing, business and economic development, health and wellness, recreation and tourism.
At the event Tuesday, each initiative team gave a report on their accomplishments over the past couple … Read More »
SiouxFalls.Business with Jodi Schwan
May 1, 2018
This piece is presented by the Minnehaha County and Lincoln County Economic Development Associations.
Joe Bartmann believes now is the time for rural communities to be bold.
And, as the new leader of Dakota Resources, he’s willing to help them achieve those visions.
Bartmann has a history of assisting communities of all sizes in economic development efforts and will be especially focused on those in rural South Dakota.
We recently learned more about his organization and how it can assist the communities in Minnehaha and Lincoln counties.
Congratulations on your new role. For those who aren’t familiar with Dakota Resources, what exactly does your organization do?
Thank you very much. We are a nonprofit that empowers rural people to shape their local communities and economies. Together with our partners, we invest in community leaders who are investing in themselves, connecting them … Read More »
Each year, ruralX organizers comb the country looking for dynamic keynote speakers to help motivate rural change makers attending the two-day event. Past speakers set the bar high, as evidenced by their continued impact on rural communities across South Dakota.
Towns like Miller, Wall, Wagner, Kimball, Tripp and Redfield have taken what they’ve learned from ruralX and moved forward with action.
A few rural leaders were so inspired by last year’s keynote speakers that they invited them back to give presentations in their own communities.
In fact, the idea for a Better Block project in Aberdeen was sparked by ruralX speaker Jason Roberts, who was asked to help launch the effort in the Aberdeen community last November. He spoke at a public event and will be returning on May 11th to officially kick off the project.
Jason Roberts was also asked to give a … Read More »
Nine months after being inspired by ruralX, what’s next for the small community of Tripp?
“We have a lot of ideas and needs in Tripp right now,” says Shawn Bietz, who founded the Tripp Action Group after attending ruralX along with her husband, Bryan. “We just need to figure out our priorities and keep moving forward.”
Shawn says the biggest challenge after several successful community events is just keeping the momentum going and finding people to take the lead on projects.
“Despite the cold weather, we had a huge turn-out for our Easter egg hunt and school backpack program. It is great to see so many families get involved. Our next task is to kick-off something fun and new so that people stay interested and connected.”
Most of the activities planned by TAG are designed to bring families together, provide entertainment or to help … Read More »