Call to Action
Ninety-five percent of the communities in South Dakota have populations of less than 5,000 residents. Many of these small communities lack the human and financial capacity to hire local economic development professionals or sustain vital businesses and jobs. However, with grit, collaboration, and financial support from the Building South Dakota Fund many of these small communities are reversing the trend of decline and outmigration. Since the 2010 census, the net migration rate of rural counties in South Dakota has grown to a positive 4.59%, which is evidence that the hard work and growing capacity of local economic development corporations is having an effect on our State. The success stories surfacing from the Building South Dakota legislation of 2013 are worth their weight in gold for small communities and for South Dakota as a whole.
The various programs and resources awarded by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and South Dakota Housing Development Authority are significant to the future of our small communities and the advancement of housing, community, and economic development. However, the Building South Dakota Fund is at risk of not being funded at the current and necessary level in the Governor’s 2017 budget. Many communities have already stepped up to tell their story of how these funds in the past three short years have impacted their communities and we all are critically aware of the future need for additional resources focused on housing and economic development.
We are asking you to write, call or email your local Legislators by Friday, December 9, 2016, to show your support for future funding of the Building South Dakota Fund at its current level of $10 million annually for an additional five years. Together we can make a difference!
Together we can make a difference!