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Faulkton: A Model of Community Possibility

Blog, News & Events on January 14th. Comments Off


At a recent community meeting to inform and celebrate Faulkton’s development successes, leaders speak to how Dakota Resources has assisted in expanding community engagement and supporting development initiatives.

Faulkton is a Dakota Rising Site, a Home Address Site and has been engaged in the Regional Systems Engagement pilot.  Community Coaches and technical assistance providers have been working with five initiative teams: housing, economic development, leadership, quality of life and philanthropy.  The goal of the work has been not just to get projects done, but to practice a more effective way of addressing community issues and ceasing opportunities.

Watch the video here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYV-MtX8_q0&list=TLiuBcq8DlskjJTQtKRiTVSmXiYLVSnBGH


GROW South Dakota makes housing a development priority

Blog, News & Events on January 13th. Comments Off

From its roots as the Northeast South Dakota Economic Corporation, established in 1978 to serve just ten counties, GROW South Dakota has evolved to bring community development success to the entire state.

In 2012 the decision was made to unite three initiatives:  housing, community and economic development under the GROW South Dakota name. The organization strives to improve the quality of life in South Dakota communities—and housing programs are a key element in the GROW strategy.

“Most people know us for economic development,” said Lori Finnesand CEO of GROW South Dakota, “but we’ve seen a need for housing in every community we serve. Really, housing and economic development go hand in hand.”

Among the programs GROW features are loan products available for veterans and other low to moderate income South Dakota residents to assist with home purchase and home improvement financing. The veterans … Read More »


What are we learning by coaching communities in Home Address?

Blog, News & Events on January 13th. Comments Off

By Joe Bartmann and Mike Knutson, with Dr. Jim Beddow
Photo credits to Dakotafire

We’ve enjoyed the honor of coaching four community teams participating in the Home Address program over the last year. Together as a network of eight local teams, a dozen resource providers and our team of coaches, we’re learning great lessons for rural communities who want to take action in a strategic, lasting way. Here are just three of the many lessons that are emerging: 

Improving the condition of existing properties and neighborhoods is a high-leverage opportunity. Maybe the biggest tactical “ah-ha!” through this pilot has been the realization that the highest leverage point—the spot that can create the biggest impact with the smallest effort—for every Home Address community is understanding the natural flow of housing property conditions. If you have ever owned a home, … Read More »


Making a List and Checking it Twice

Blog, News & Events on December 31st. Comments Off

The houses are decorated, the air is chilly and the kids are vibrating with excitement throughout our community by now. The holidays are here, with their full-speed ahead pace and a background of familiar music. As we look for the perfect gifts for friends and relatives, it’s also time to make a shopping list for this place where we all live. Here are a few things you can do this year:

1.         Sing the praises of our town to everyone who will listen. Many of us will be talking to folks who live in other places. Tell them the reasons you live here, and let them know about the great lifestyle we enjoy.

2.         Light your house, your neighborhood and the entire town—not just with electricity but with enthusiasm for making our community a better place to live. Let your kids see … Read More »


Coalition Puts Spotlight on Home Ownership in Tribal Communities

Blog, News & Events on December 17th. Comments Off

The challenges faced by Native communities in providing and maintaining an adequate housing inventory and preparing families for home ownership will be addressed by a new South Dakota statewide coalition. Six of the state’s nine Indian reservations, including six representatives of housing authorities, gathered in July of 2013 to discuss housing issues and needs. In addition to USDA Rural Development, federal stakeholders included the Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Veterans Affairs and Indian Health Service. About 50 people gathered for a daylong working session to provide critical input on the goals and priorities of a proposed coalition.

“This meeting was a historic first step toward collectively working toward increased home ownership opportunities in Indian country,” said Elsie Meeks, USDA Rural Development State Director. “A coalition could support the partners on the ground; housing authorities; state, federal and tribal … Read More »


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