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Platte brings youth and community together.

Blog, News & Events on December 1st. Comments Off on Platte brings youth and community together.

If you want to see what a little creativity, youth involvement and community-building can do for a rural town, Platte is an excellent case study. The community is alive with ideas and plans for the future, and Cindy Meyer, Executive Director of the Platte Area Chamber of Commerce, gives a healthy dose of credit to Rural X.

“We were inspired to connect our youth and our business community at Rural X, and so many other ideas we had were made better after we attended,” explains Cindy. “My only complaint about Rural X is that isn’t held twice a year!”

Since attending RuralX17 last July, the community of Platte has formed five different Community Action Teams to help improve and enhance the quality of life in the Platte area. Teams are designated for events, youth, green space, housing and The Arts. Each team … Read More »


Two-Year Program To Help Boost Rural Communities

Blog, News & Events on November 30th. Comments Off on Two-Year Program To Help Boost Rural Communities

Tyra Gefroh Photography of Britton is one of eight South Dakota businesses that have been selected for a 2017 Dakota Rising Fellowship.

Over 100 entrepreneurs across rural South Dakota applied for the opportunity to be part of the unique Dakota Rising Fellowship, an experience designed to help rural business owners discover new ways to grow their businesses, themselves and their communities. A Dakota Rising Fellow is a person who has taken a start-up business to a viable, profit-earning stage and is poised for the next level of growth.

Gefroh’s two-year experience with the impactful rural entrepreneur development program will allow her to be part of a vibrant network of Dakota Rising fellows and alumni. She will also have access to leadership coaching, valuable tools and resources, empowering fellowship retreats, strategic business advice, and a $10,000 grant to use for … Read More »


Wagner Hosted its first Community Awards Gala

Blog, News & Events on November 30th. Comments Off on Wagner Hosted its first Community Awards Gala

Wow! Wagner.

It’s been three years since Wagner’s Economic Development Director Kelsey Doom took on a leadership role in her hometown community. In that time, the changes have been almost unbelievable. While Kelsey is extremely determined and has a deep passion for the Wagner area, she credits part of Wagner’s success to her involvement with Dakota Resources, the mentorship of people like Beth Davis and Joe Bartmann and the inspiration behind events like RuralX.

This past year, businesses opened in Wagner at an impressive pace. New families moved to town and young professionals came back after college. School enrollment hit 1,000 students, with a kindergarten class three times the size of the senior class. Wagner has become a regional hub with quality medical facilities, shopping, dining and entertainment options. For a rural community of just over 1,500 people, Kelsey felt this was … Read More »


Month four: Tripp comes together for good!

Blog, News & Events on November 30th. Comments Off on Month four: Tripp comes together for good!

It’s amazing what can happen when people work together.

Four months ago, Bryan and Shawn Bietz of Tripp launched The Tripp Action Group (TAG) after attending RuralX17. Since then, the group has successfully hosted a kickball tournament/fundraiser and a yard-clean up project. A Tripp Area Mom’s Group was also formed to help bring women together. As we follow TAG over the next year, we can’t help but notice that projects are becoming more ambitious as new volunteers step up to take a lead. This is the “ripple effect” we talk about so often! Here are some of the latest highlights from our spotlight community:

As the town’s only grocery store finds itself in danger of closing, the community is coming together to try to save it. A volunteer grocery delivery service has been established and approximately twenty community members are on … Read More »


Month three: Tripp kicks it out of the park!

Blog, News & Events on October 17th. Comments Off on Month three: Tripp kicks it out of the park!

The Tripp Action Group (TAG) formed after RuralX as a way to help bring the community together and enhance the quality of life in Tripp. Since then, the group—informally led by Bryan and Shawn Bietz–has been busy with a list of community events and projects that continues to grow. We are following the group over the next year with updates in the Rural Xchange. Here are the highlights since your last issue:

A kickball tournament/fundraiser was held September 29 and raised over $1100 not including tee shirt sales.
A home was nominated for a volunteer clean-up project and a group of ambitious volunteers (including several youth) came together on October 15 to do a little yard makeover. The results are awesome (see photos below)!
There is a community can collection being done as an additional TAG fundraiser.
Community members are coming together to … Read More »


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