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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 how to get them more … Read More »
In April, more than 20 rural economic development groups gathered in Harrisburg, South Dakota, for the “Upper Great Plains Rural Finance Gathering.” The members of this diverse group work to increase access to education, healthcare, jobs, and other key services in rural communities across the nation. The group shared insights, success stories, and tackled many of the challenges facing rural community development. The hot topic? Protecting key federal community development programs most effective at supporting rural communities.
Congress finally passed an omnibus bill last week to fund the federal government for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2017. Now, Congress quickly turns to its work on 2018, which is presently underway. In addition, both President Trump and Congress are working to move along tax reform.
Community development organizations are watching these processes from the edges of their seats—and with good reason. The Administration’s … Read More »
Story by Carey Grosdidier, Freelance Writer
When guest speaker Emily Pilloton came to RuralX last summer, she opened the gathering with stories of Studio H, an innovative program she launched in California that integrates design skills and building projects into high school classrooms. Emily closed her conversation by saying, “Everyone has it in them to start something—whether it’s a business, a Bible study or a book club. Just start something. The rewards are worth the risk.”
Karla Brozik, Executive Director of the Winner Area Chamber of Commerce and the South Central Development Corporation, took those words to heart. Inspired by Emily’s words and the work being done through Studio H, Karla wondered if something similar to Emily’s program was possible in Winner.
“Students in Winner don’t go to school on Fridays, so I thought a program similar to Studio H might give kids … Read More »
Sometimes, confidence is everything.
That was the case with Nate Welch, who claims the confidence he gained by working with Dakota Resources helped in his ability to problem solve and dream for the Vermillion community.
“We had a plan for a seventy lot housing development that wasn’t quite working out,” he admits. “I had some great professional and frank discussions with Dick and Jay, who had been a part of the project through Dakota Resource’s Capital Investment Fund. Thanks in part to their support and belief in us, the Vermillion Chamber and Development Company was able to take another look at the project from a different perspective. In the end, we were able to accelerate the project and come up with more forward-thinking solutions.”
That experience is just one reason Nate is grateful to have Dakota Resources on his side. While he appreciates … Read More »
“My first Home Address meeting, I found myself sitting in a circle looking at a rock,” laughs Cathy Evans, Executive Director of the Lemmon Housing Authority.
“I was very intimidated and uncomfortable. I am a back row, last chair kind of person. So sitting in a circle talking to a group was hard. But, by the third meeting I was totally comfortable. Now I conduct all my own meetings in a circle!”
Cathy began her journey with Home Address in 2012, and while she admits to initial fears, she now realizes that being pushed out of her comfort zone was a path to her personal growth.
“Each time I met with the Home Address group, I found we all had an equal voice and no idea was a bad idea,” she says. “I met wonderful people from other communities that have the … Read More »