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The RuralX Summit, organized by Dakota Resources with the help of 57 generous sponsors, was a rural economic and community development summit held in July of 2016 to help rural innovators connect with new ideas, innovative people and forward-thinking collaborations. The two-day event was attended by 222 people who were motivated by:
National rural advocates and celebrated speakers
Networking with key organizations, resources and rural leaders
A farm-to-fork dinner celebration with entertainment
Breakout sessions focused on rural agendas
Inspirational success stories
The following rural successes were a direct result of the 2016 RuralX Summit and can be attributed to the hard-working, visionary people who came to us representing their communities, their organizations and their dreams.
Get Your Tickets Early!
Registration is now open for RuralX17! Early bird pricing is available until June 23, so be sure to take advantage of the ticket savings and get it on your calendar now. RuralX17 will be held July 18-19, 2017 at the Dakota Events Center in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Our website is full of event information about this year’s dynamic speakers, the event schedule and our Better Block Party evening social.
What They Said…
Last year’s inaugural RuralX Summit brought people together from across the region to share innovative ideas, learn about rural resources and network like never before. Here are just a few of the great things they said about the event:
Troy McQuillen, Owner McQuillen Creative and former Dakota Rising Fellow, Aberdeen
“As a former Dakota Rising Fellow, I am really interested in youth and … Read More »
Federal community development funding, as measured as a share of GDP, has declined by 75 percent over the least 40 years. Federal policy has increasing relied on private-sector resources to fill the gap. Through the NMTC and CDFI programs, community development organizations are filling the yawning credit gap encountered in many communities, creating jobs improving housing and community facilities and creating economic opportunity. This is especially true in rural America where opportunity to access the capital necessary to build businesses and community services is limited.
On April 11, 2017, Dakotas America hosted the Upper Great Plains Rural Finance Gathering in Harrisburg, South Dakota. In all, there were over 30 attendees representing more than 20 economic development groups from across the region, as well as other areas around the country. The stated purpose of the gathering was for participants to learn from … Read More »
Author – Carey Grosdidier, freelance writer
Nichole Cross volunteered at RuralX last summer intending to learn a little more about hosting an open space and collecting actionable feedback from a community gathering.
She left with so much more.
“I met Joe Bartmann (VP of Innovation at Dakota Resources) when I attended an ‘Art of Hosting’ event in Sioux Falls that he put on in November of 2015, and I was intrigued by the methodologies taught,” she explains. “He invited me to be part of the team at RuralX. As an industrial designer, I feel gathering and analyzing feedback is an important skill to practice, so I came to RuralX ready to help Joe gather and distribute participant feedback so attendees could take what they learned back to their communities to analyze and act upon.”
Nichole explains that while she was volunteering at … Read More »
Author, Paula Jensen, Dakota Resources
The 1964 classic song lyrics from Wishin & Hopin by Dusty Springfield say, “Wishin’ and hopin’ and thinkin’ and prayin’, Plannin’ and dreamin’ each night of his charms, That won’t get you into his arms…”
So my curiousity asks, “Is there a distinction between wishing and hoping?”
Wishing is feeling or expressing a strong desire for something that is not easily attainable. It’s like wishing to win the lottery but you don’t buy a ticket.
Hoping is to look forward with desire and reasonable confidence that something can happen. You can hope that you win the lottery because you have purchased a ticket.
Dusty Springfield continues in her song lyrics, Wishin & Hopin, “…So if you’re thinkin’ how great true love is, All you gotta do is, Hold him and kiss him and squeeze him and love him, … Read More »