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When was the last time you heard someone say, “We tried that before and it didn’t work!” In my early days as a local leader those words spoken by an experienced leader often stopped me in my tracks. Their words indicated to me that they had the experience of knowing what worked and what didn’t work in the community. Sometimes I would ask, “Why?” and rarely get a strong explanation about the failure that occurred, which left me determined to learn more.
My confidence as a leader has grown over the years and I have gained much more experience. Now when someone says, “We tried that before and it didn’t work!” my response is…”and, what did you learn from that?”
Learning about failed attempts, missed opportunities, and community history requires honest and focused conversations with local leaders. I strongly believe that as … Read More »
#thinkbigandtakeaction — Something big is happening in the small town of Tripp, South Dakota.
The ball started rolling when Bryan Bietz attended his first Tripp Area Community Foundation meeting.
“Bryan came home and told me he had been elected President, and we both kind of laughed because it had been his very first meeting. Neither of us had experience with community development, however, we both knew we wanted to do more for our community,” explains his wife, Shawn, a local veterinarian. “I started Googling rural development in South Dakota and Dakota Resources popped up, which led me to the RuralX event in Aberdeen. After exploring the website, reading reviews and watching the RuralX video, we knew we needed to go.”
Becoming a Community Leader
They call him “The Instigator.”
It’s a title Brian Spitzer never imagined for himself, but after four years as a Resource Team member with Dakota Rising, he is proud to be a positive influence on his hometown of Hot Springs.
“I’ll admit I was skeptical at first,” he says. “It was hard to fathom how it would all work. As time went on it became apparent that Dakota Resources DOES work. It isn’t just a bunch of people talking, it is a bunch of people connecting and making things happen.”
Brian grew up in Hot Springs and has been the owner of Spitzer Construction for twenty-two years. As a local businessman, he figured “people knew me and that was good enough.” It wasn’t until he was invited to a Dakota Rising meeting in 2012 that he began to realize his … Read More »