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Past RuralX Speakers Continue to Make an Impact

Blog, News & Events on April 22nd. Comments Off on Past RuralX Speakers Continue to Make an Impact

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 »


RuralX17 Encourages Rural Communities to Take Small Steps

Blog, News & Events on July 27th. Comments Off on RuralX17 Encourages Rural Communities to Take Small Steps

RuralX17, a rural economic and community development summit hosted by Dakota Resources and 34 sponsors, brought rural “movers and shakers” from across the Midwest together for two days of motivational learning, idea sharing and networking. The event was held July 18-19 at the Dakota Events Center in Aberdeen and included national and regional speakers, a block party dinner, OpenX break-out sessions and more. Vision sponsors of the event included The Bush Foundation, Horizon Health Care, Inc. and Touchstone Energy Cooperatives through the REED Fund.

RuralX stands for “Rural Experience” and was dedicated to helping connect rural change makers to valuable resources and like-minded people across the Midwest. The summit was inspired last year by Dakota Resources, a statewide organization dedicated to stimulating financial and human investment in communities that are invested themselves.

“We had a lot of people … Read More »


National Speakers Urge You to Bring your Crowd to RuralX17

Blog, News & Events on June 30th. Comments Off on National Speakers Urge You to Bring your Crowd to RuralX17

“There have been too many years of no love for rural America. You’ll find all kinds of love for rural at RuralX.”

These are the words of Deb Brown, a national advocate for rural communities. Brown is one of the keynote speakers at RuralX17, a two-day summit being held July 18-19 in Aberdeen, SD, designed to bring rural champions together from across the region to boost rural economic and community development. RuralX17 is organized by Dakota Resources, an organization dedicated to enriching communities and empowering people across rural South Dakota.

Last year was the inaugural RuralX Summit, with over 220 attendees and 57 sponsors. The success of the event immediately prompted organizers to begin planning for this year’s event, which brings back some favorite highlights while adding some fresh new twists.

“We had an overwhelmingly positive response to our first RuralX Summit,” explains … Read More »


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