Make It A Road Trip or Connect Over Lunch!
Interested in some pre-conference fun? Explore some real rural success stories with a road trip experience that allows you to explore hidden gems along major highways leading to Aberdeen on July 19 from 9 a.m. – 1p.m. These rural communities and Dakota Resources partners are truly “ruralizing their potential” in South Dakota. Choose your route and make a stop in Faulkton, Webster or Redfield for a guided tour that highlights some of our favorite rural successes while making your way to The RuralX Summit! You also have the opportunity to experience Blind Dining in Aberdeen for your lunch on Tuesday.
Pre-Conference registration is $20 for each event. A majority of the proceeds from registration will go to the sponsoring community organization.
Connect Over Lunch with a Blind Dining Experience
An additional option for Tuesday, July 19 is enjoying your lunch over Blind Dining in Aberdeen. We will send you to one of several favorite local establishments where you will enjoy lunch with a group of three other #ruralX Summit attendees from around the region. You can get to know each other before the summit begins!
Registration is $20 and covers your meal, drink, tax and tip. Register now!
RuralX Road Trip #1: Faulkton, Hwy. 212
Since working with Dakota Resources in 2010, Faulkton has seen a taxable sales increase of 51% (and steadily rising)! The community “believes in possible” and has seen significant building and growth in recent years, including the construction of a community center, a medical center, a retail center and a revitalized Main Street. The city is looking forward to new projects and buildings now under bid and continues to make anything possible. Registration is $20 – register now.
Faulkton Highlight Tour
*Rolls and coffee at Faulkton Area Economic Development at 9:00 a.m.
*Discuss Faulkton growth and success
*Tour departs at 9:15 a.m. on July 19 and includes:
1. Pickler Mansion
2. Faulkton Area Medical Center
3. Faulkton Nursing Home and Assisted Living Center
4. Site of West Side Addition Housing Development
5. Faulkton Retail Center (New in 2014)
6. Eight-Unit Apartment Building (Built in 2015)
7. Faulk County Courthouse
8. Site of new Faulk County Jail
9. Site of new Faulkton Industrial Park
10. Faulkton Carousel
RuralX Road Trip #2: Redfield, Hwy. 281
Redfield is currently experiencing housing revitalization thanks to projects designed to clean up dilapidated areas of town and replace them with high, moderate and low income housing developments. These projects have increased the city’s tax evaluation and given an opportunity for people of all income levels to live in a nice place. Registration is $20 – register now.
Redfield Highlight Tour
*Meet at Crystals Bar at 9:30 a.m., July 19
*Discuss Redfield housing development and community success
1. Prairie Winds Addition (moderate-high income housing)
2. Packard’s Addition (moderate-low income housing)
3. Sunrise Addition (moderate-low income housing)
4. A zero-entry apartment building designed for elderly needs
5. Main Street businesses
6. Redfield Park
7. South Dakota Development Center
8. Industrial Park
9. Redfield Lake
10. Have-A-Rest Campgrounds
RuralX Road Trip #3: Webster, Hwy. 12
Webster is an example of a strong community working to make itself even stronger. Education, healthy living, recreation and ample opportunities to get involved in community life make this rural community a star of northwest South Dakota. Registration is $20 – register now.
Webster Highlight Tour
*July 19th – Meet at Isaak Walton Building (500 East Highway 12) at 9 a.m.
*Enjoy coffee and muffins/rolls while viewing vision boards of improvements to Webster
*Discuss Webster opportunities and rural success
*Tour Departs at 9:15 a.m. and includes:
1. Webster Industrial Park
2. Webster Golf Course
3. New Track/Football Field
4. Upcoming sculpture designed by SDSU Architecture students
5. New Swimming Pool
6. Webster Area High school
7. Main Street Webster (showcase of new and upcoming local businesses)
8. Drive by of Museum of Wildlife, Science & Industry on HWY 12 on your way to Aberdeen. (Stop back on your way home!)