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Belle Fourche’s story begins in 2013 after a housing study done by Community Partners Research out of Faribault, Minnesota revealed a dire lack of adequate housing. The results were worse than expected, and the Economic Development Corporation decided to step in to see what they could do to help.
“The first thing we did was speak to the high school,” says Hollie Stalder, Director of Economic Development in Belle Fourche. “Each year, the technical students build a home with the help of trained professionals. Those homes were being sold and often times, moved out of town. We wanted to help our housing situation by keeping these well-built home in the community.”
The next step was finding lots for the homes.
They found a few empty lots in town that worked, but the last three properties were acquired through demolition of older dilapidated homes. … Read More »
Mission Statement: Connecting capacity and capital to empower rural communities.
Some of South Dakota’s most influential rural community leaders recently came together to participate in a strategy planning retreat for Dakota Resources, a non-profit rural community and economic development organization working to help small towns thrive.
The three-day retreat brought Dakota Resources community coaches and staff together with the Board of Directors to map out a plan for the future, including the creation of new mission statement that encapsulates the spirit of Dakota Resources: Connecting capacity and capital to empower rural communities.
“Each word was carefully chosen by the Board to drive the vision of Dakota Resources,” explains Joe Bartmann, President of Dakota Resources. “We are first and foremost connectors, we connect rural people to each other and to valuable resources. We also help build local capacity by providing the capital needed to … Read More »