Month Six | Tripp Partners with SD Community Foundation & Dakota Resources
Tripp Community Engages in Empower! Dakota Community Coaching
What a difference a few great connections can make. After attending RuralX17 last July just to “get some ideas,” Bryan and Shawn Bietz used what they learned to formed the Tripp Action Group. Since then, the entire Tripp community has made significant strides in bringing people together to help make their home a better place to live. The latest achievement includes applying for and receiving a $10,000 Community Innovation Grant from the South Dakota Community Foundation. This grant will be used to help fund a partnership with Dakota Resources and the organization’s Empower! Community Coaching program, which will guide the community through a comprehensive coaching process designed to help empower local people and organizations to lead action. (Tripp is one of several rural development corporations using SD Community Foundation grants to partner with Dakota Resources, including Wagner, Eureka, Kimball, Hoven, Custer, Hot Springs and Frederick.)
In addition to focusing on stronger community collaboration in Tripp, the rural community is also becoming more involved with surrounding communities and change makers across the state. Tripp is hosting a group of about 40 individuals from Leadership South Dakota on Thursday, January 18, which was a great opportunity to connect with leaders from various towns in South Dakota, share ideas and learn from each other.
Tripp was also awarded a collaboration grant with the SDSU Landscape Architecture Program to have their senior level students conduct a community assessment and provide feedback on things they can do to make their community better.
Finally, a Healthy Hometowns presentation is being hosted by Wellmark about opportunities that are available to help improve the health and well-being of the Tripp community.