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Get Your Tickets Early!
Registration is now open for RuralX17! Early bird pricing is available until June 23, so be sure to take advantage of the ticket savings and get it on your calendar now. RuralX17 will be held July 18-19, 2017 at the Dakota Events Center in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Our website is full of event information about this year’s dynamic speakers, the event schedule and our Better Block Party evening social.
What They Said…
Last year’s inaugural RuralX Summit brought people together from across the region to share innovative ideas, learn about rural resources and network like never before. Here are just a few of the great things they said about the event:
Troy McQuillen, Owner McQuillen Creative and former Dakota Rising Fellow, Aberdeen
“As a former Dakota Rising Fellow, I am really interested in youth and how to get them more … Read More »
In April, more than 20 rural economic development groups gathered in Harrisburg, South Dakota, for the “Upper Great Plains Rural Finance Gathering.” The members of this diverse group work to increase access to education, healthcare, jobs, and other key services in rural communities across the nation. The group shared insights, success stories, and tackled many of the challenges facing rural community development. The hot topic? Protecting key federal community development programs most effective at supporting rural communities.
Congress finally passed an omnibus bill last week to fund the federal government for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2017. Now, Congress quickly turns to its work on 2018, which is presently underway. In addition, both President Trump and Congress are working to move along tax reform.
Community development organizations are watching these processes from the edges of their seats—and with good reason. The Administration’s … Read More »
Federal community development funding, as measured as a share of GDP, has declined by 75 percent over the least 40 years. Federal policy has increasing relied on private-sector resources to fill the gap. Through the NMTC and CDFI programs, community development organizations are filling the yawning credit gap encountered in many communities, creating jobs improving housing and community facilities and creating economic opportunity. This is especially true in rural America where opportunity to access the capital necessary to build businesses and community services is limited.
On April 11, 2017, Dakotas America hosted the Upper Great Plains Rural Finance Gathering in Harrisburg, South Dakota. In all, there were over 30 attendees representing more than 20 economic development groups from across the region, as well as other areas around the country. The stated purpose of the gathering was for participants to learn from … Read More »
RuralX17 keynote speaker Jason Roberts
Jason Roberts wants you to build a better block in your rural community. And he’s just the guy to tell you how to do it.
As the co-founder of The Better Block Project, a neighborhood revitalization effort that won him the Champions of Change award from the White House in 2012, Jason’s ideas and visions for bringing life back into dying neighborhoods have become a national movement around the globe.
“It all started when some friends and I decided to build our dream neighborhood block in 24-hours using less than $1,000,” he explains. “Simply by adding things like a bike lane, string lights, flowers, outdoor tables, pop-up shops and incorporating local art and music, it became a place people wanted to be.”
From there, The Better Block initiative became an international movement and has been featured in the NY … Read More »
OpenX brings women to the table for an exciting new event in Aberdeen
What started as an OpenX topic at last summer’s RuralX Summit has evolved into the inaugural Northeast Women’s Business Conference next spring.
The idea to host the women’s conference was inspired by Helen Merriman, Director of SD Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO) at Black Hills State University. Helen was attending RuralX as a way to connect with more resources and entrepreneurial thinkers across the state.
“As director of the only Women’s Business Center in South Dakota, I am always looking for new ways to connect with more people,” she explains. “I hosted an OpenX table conversation to see if there was any interest in holding a women’s business conference in northeast South Dakota, and the women at my table showed significant interest. We were able to identify nine women … Read More »