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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 »
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 »
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 »
STUDENTS ENJOY THE SPICE OF LIFE IN SOUTH DAKOTA THANKS TO GRANTS IN PLACE
Reposted from http://ruralschoolscollaborative.org
We love to hear about the progress of our Grants in Place across the country – and this fall we are getting some fantastic stories from the Dakotas, where RSC and Dakota Resources have partnered in the “Growing Better Together” Grants in Place program.
In McIntosh, South Dakota, LaKisha Jordan, family and consumer science teacher at McIntosh High School, has led a student-centered effort in her classroom that promotes local foods and how to prepare them in a healthy, delicious and nutritious manner.
She and her students have titled the initiative, Unboxed! which aims to encourage and educate students and families about the benefits of local food sources. The program is summarized on the home page of the website (shown at right):
“Home … Read More »