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What was Your Rural Xperience?

Blog, News & Events on July 27th. Comments Off on What was Your Rural Xperience?

Below are quotes captured from the participants of RuralX17:

“There is great power in our rural connections. I don’t take for granted the awesome resources available to rural communities in our state, but it takes some digging to know where to find them. That’s why an event like RuralX is so valuable. Just last night I needed help with a grant project and Beth Davis got out her phone, pushed a few buttons and this morning I got a call from someone willing to help me. That’s powerful. That is the beauty of a rural connection.” – Emily Firman Pieper, Flandreau Community Advocate

“We were doing research on rural development or rural resources on Google and we stumbled across RuralX17. There was so much good talk and so many great ideas! Now we are ready to go back home and turn the talk … 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 »


RuralX helps to overcome rural’s challenge: The distances between us

Blog, News & Events on June 29th. Comments Off on RuralX helps to overcome rural’s challenge: The distances between us

By Heidi Marttila-Losure, Dakotafire Media

For those of us who choose to live on the Great Plains, the wide-open spaces are both our greatest opportunity and our greatest challenge.

The opportunity isn’t obvious to everyone—the ones who call our home “flyover country” aren’t seeing it—but many of us who live here can feel it when we take in a long view toward the horizon: There is possibility in that open space between ground and sky, and part of the meaning of our lives is imagining what that space could be and doing the work we are called to do to make those beautiful visions real.

And here is where RuralX shows its power. 

The first RuralX Summit brought together 222 participants from across South Dakota and beyond. Many of us who attended are pretty good at looking at open spaces and imagining beautiful … Read More »


RuralX is a success for rural South Dakota

Blog, News & Events on June 20th. Comments Off on RuralX is a success for rural South Dakota

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

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Networking with key organizations, resources and rural leaders

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A farm-to-fork dinner celebration with entertainment

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Breakout sessions focused on rural agendas

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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.

Two high school boys from Miller, Dylan Fulton and Camden Breitling, attended the RuralX Summit with the help of a scholarship from Dakota Resources. The two boys, who are Youth Leaders … Read More »


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