Dakota Resources partners with DWU to bring RuralX to Mitchell

Posted on February 21, 2018

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This June, Dakota Resources and Dakota Wesleyan University are partnering to host RuralX in Mitchell, South Dakota. The event is designed to bring rural champions together from across the region to boost rural economic and community development. While this is the third year RuralX will be held in South Dakota, it is the first year the event will be located at DWU.

“We are excited to bring RuralX to our campus and to partner with Dakota Resources,” says Fredel Thomas, Dean of Admissions and Marketing at DWU. “We are a rural university, with unique offerings like our Rural Nursing Initiative and our Rural Pastor Project. We have a passion for rural that is echoed in the mission and values of Dakota Resources. It feels like a natural collaboration.”

While initial plans for this year’s RuralX are underway, the team at Dakota Resources says attendees can expect a dynamic experience that includes keynote speakers, breakout sessions, networking, creative solutions and youth involvement. Past attendees have gone back to their communities energized and motivated to launch new initiatives, pop-up businesses, city beautification projects, fundraisers, citywide events, economic development groups and more.

“The ripple effect from RuralX keeps coming back to us in success stories across the region. If you are a person who cares about your rural community and you want to connect to smart, motivated people who are doing great things in rural places, then you belong at RuralX,” says Joe Bartmann, Vice President of Innovation at Dakota Resources. “We feel our partnership with DWU and their added rural expertise will make this our best year yet.”

RuralX will be held June 27 and 28 in Mitchell on the campus of DWU. Registration will be available online later this spring at www.dakotaresources.org/ruralx and any questions can be directed to Dakota Resources at cheryl@dakotaresources.org.

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