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Story by Carey Grosdidier, Freelance Writer
When guest speaker Emily Pilloton came to RuralX last summer, she opened the gathering with stories of Studio H, an innovative program she launched in California that integrates design skills and building projects into high school classrooms. Emily closed her conversation by saying, “Everyone has it in them to start something—whether it’s a business, a Bible study or a book club. Just start something. The rewards are worth the risk.”
Karla Brozik, Executive Director of the Winner Area Chamber of Commerce and the South Central Development Corporation, took those words to heart. Inspired by Emily’s words and the work being done through Studio H, Karla wondered if something similar to Emily’s program was possible in Winner.
“Students in Winner don’t go to school on Fridays, so I thought a program similar to Studio H might give kids … Read More »
Guest Author, Becky McCray
Now is the perfect time to Take Small Steps.
We’ve just passed the first of the year with all its resolutions and renewed commitments. It’s also been six months since the first RuralX Summit, and that makes it the perfect time to remember, review and renew some of the ideas you left with.
If you weren’t at RuralX last year, you can join in now, and get excited about the upcoming RuralX17 on July 18-19, 2017.
Now, let’s not make this overwhelming. Let’s stick with the key piece of advice that Deb Brown and I shared with you in our keynote: Take Small Steps. Keep thinking “small steps” while you decide what you want to act on in the next six months.
Here’s the plan to get you renewed and re-excited.
The first small step is to watch this … Read More »
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 10:23 pm
By Shauna Marlette, Yankton Press
“What do you celebrate about downtown Yankton?”
With that simple question, the design:SD Project Downtown Yankton began on Tuesday.
According to Joe Bartmann, the vice president of Programs for Dakota Resources and facilitator of Tuesday’s listening events, the project is focused on helping small rural towns like Yankton shape their future through design.
“Today is really where we press ‘go’ for this whole process,” he said. “These are really small group conversations where we are bringing together different groups of people who have some kind of affinity. We have had a group with human resource directors; we had a group of realtors this morning.”
Dakota Resources is a non-profit based in Renner that works with small communities that want to create a better future and make the place where they … Read More »
Kelsey Doom may be the only Economic Development Coordinator around with a zoology degree. But instead of pursuing a career as a veterinarian, she took a little side path that led to a full blown passion.
“I didn’t get into vet school right away, so I came home to Wagner for a few months to figure things out,” she said. “My plan was to apply to vet school again, but in the meantime, I took a job with an insurance company and volunteered with the local Home Address effort. I started putting together a grant and helped bring in some local investors. I got a high off writing that first grant and just fell in love with this kind of work. It was pretty much game over for vet school.”
After her work with Home Address, Kelsey got a taste of Read More »
Sometimes, confidence is everything.
That was the case with Nate Welch, who claims the confidence he gained by working with Dakota Resources helped in his ability to problem solve and dream for the Vermillion community.
“We had a plan for a seventy lot housing development that wasn’t quite working out,” he admits. “I had some great professional and frank discussions with Dick and Jay, who had been a part of the project through Dakota Resource’s Capital Investment Fund. Thanks in part to their support and belief in us, the Vermillion Chamber and Development Company was able to take another look at the project from a different perspective. In the end, we were able to accelerate the project and come up with more forward-thinking solutions.”
That experience is just one reason Nate is grateful to have Dakota Resources on his side. While he appreciates … Read More »