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Each year, ruralX organizers comb the country looking for dynamic keynote speakers to help motivate rural change makers attending the two-day event. Past speakers set the bar high, as evidenced by their continued impact on rural communities across South Dakota.
Towns like Miller, Wall, Wagner, Kimball, Tripp and Redfield have taken what they’ve learned from ruralX and moved forward with action.
A few rural leaders were so inspired by last year’s keynote speakers that they invited them back to give presentations in their own communities.
In fact, the idea for a Better Block project in Aberdeen was sparked by ruralX speaker Jason Roberts, who was asked to help launch the effort in the Aberdeen community last November. He spoke at a public event and will be returning on May 11th to officially kick off the project.
Jason Roberts was also asked to give a … Read More »
In a rural community, a lack of available housing can be a deal breaker.
“When potential teachers, daycare providers or business owners turn down jobs because they can’t find a suitable place to live in town, you have a problem,” explains Margot Gillette, Executive Director of Beadle and Spink Enterprise Community (BASEC). “BASEC is working hard to ensure the communities we serve have quality housing options. Then the dominoes fall and those communities become instantly more desirable.”
Beadle and Spink Enterprise Community (BASEC) serves seven communities across rural Beadle and Spink counties—an area that spans 1,000 square miles. The organization is dedicated to helping these rural communities help themselves through economic and community development efforts. Having access to flexible, unrestricted loan capital is vital to the success of these efforts, which is why BASEC utilizes the Dakota Resources Capital Investment … Read More »
Margot Gillette attended the RuralX Summit last summer and couldn’t wait to go back. In fact, the Economic Development Director for Beadle and Spink Enterprise Community (BASEC) is on a mission to recruit more people to attend from her community, starting with the BASEC Board of Directors.
“Last year’s RuralX was a great experience. BASEC’s staff was able to attend several sessions that directly impact our work in our small communities. I was able to talk with small town developers from all over the state about their work as well as talk with individuals representing some of South Dakota’s larger industries – agriculture, banking and health care. Based on last year’s experience I couldn’t wait to get signed up again,” she says.
Margot grew up in Redfield but moved away to attend college and law school. She practiced law in Colorado before moving … Read More »