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There’s No Place Like Home for Kimball’s Economic Development Director
By: Carey Grosdidier
Walk into Anita Holan’s Economic Development office in Kimball and you’ll find it decorated with items from the Wizard of Oz.
No, she’s not a die-hard Oz fan. She was simply inspired to make a difference in Kimball after hearing John Beranek, a Community Coach at Dakota Resources, give a Wizard of Oz analogy at the RuralX Summit last summer.
“He came out and talked about having the courage, the heart and the brains to make a difference in a rural community,” remembers Anita, who serves as Kimball’s Economic Development Director. “It really hit me. Before I came to RuralX, I wished we had an Economic Development Board to help me make decisions. I went home and pushed for it. I used the Wizard of Oz analogy and told the City … Read More »
On Saturday evening, Oct. 8, eight new Fellows were announced at the Dakota Rising Gala, held in Spearfish. Curt Lout, owner and proprietor of Mammoth Signs and Awnings in Hot Springs, was among the candidates chosen for the fellowship.
The Dakota Rising Fellowship Program is a personal and professional program for accelerated business growth. The statewide program focuses on second stage entrepreneurs who have been in business at least one year, have worked through the survival stage of business ownership, are growth-oriented, and able to sustain one or more employees.
What is an entrepreneur? An entrepreneur is someone who exercises initiative by organizing a venture to take benefit of an opportunity and, as the decision maker, decides what, how, and how much goods or services will be produced. As a rule, entrepreneurs greatly value self-reliance, strive for excellence, are highly … Read More »
What’s possible: Quarterly gatherings help economic developers help one another
Guest Blogger: Anna Jauhola, Dakotafire Freelance Writer
Read more at http://dakotafire.net
Illustration: Jason Uphoff
Economic development in the Dakotas often extends beyond the boundaries of a single community, either for financial or geographical reasons, but sometimes even those groups benefit from further collaboration.
Approximately 15 years ago, a group of economic development leaders came together for the first meeting of the Northeast Regional Developers group. They have met quarterly ever since, to share ideas and best practices.
“A portion of the meeting is a regional round table,” said Lori Finnesand, CEO of GROW South Dakota and organizer of the group. “It’s a time to share what their community may need or want and ask for ideas on the project or where to get money” for local projects.
Finnesand said many communities … Read More »
Published by Marshall County Journal
Britton native Hillarey Holland is hoping to take her business to the next level, and she wants to help inspire others to do the same thing.
Holland, a 2010 Britton-Hecla graduate, was one of 10 new rural entrepreneurs from around the state to receive a Dakota Rising Fellowship earlier this month. She started HH Designs, a graphic design business, in Britton two years ago.
A Dakota Rising Fellow is a person who has taken a startup business to a viable, profit-earning stage and is poised for the next level of growth. After successfully completing the application process, and being chosen, Fellows are connected to a community of statewide resources, mentors and financial experts.
Personal and business growth strategies are developed while working in a small group where Fellows help one another, despite vastly different industries and experiences. After one … Read More »
By Heidi Marttila-Losure
What does a network of rural change-makers look like?
Hugh Weber of OTA helped to answer that with a visualization of the network of RuralX participants—a map that, by the end of the event, Weber described as a “pretty good start” to understanding where the connections between these rural change-makers are strong, and where they need to be improved.
The computer-created visualization started with a circle filled with evenly spaced dots—the default after the list of RuralX participants was uploaded. Each of the participants was asked before the event to list three people who influence their work in rural communities; not everyone responded, but when the answers from those who did were added to the visualization, the picture changed. Some dots connected to just the others they named; some had been named by many others, and so they formed … Read More »