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Belle Fourche Gets Empowered!

Blog, News & Events on January 25th. Comments Off on Belle Fourche Gets Empowered!

“The community has really embraced this. I’ll be the first to say I was nervous about learning a new way of doing things,” says Hollie Stadler, Executive Director of the Belle Fourche Development Corporation. “But Empower! has brought people to gatherings that we haven’t seen before.


Community engagement night showcases Hot Springs

Blog, News & Events on May 4th. Comments Off on Community engagement night showcases Hot Springs

Hot Springs Star | Isaac Zarecki | May 2, 2018

Three years of process, development and improvement was recognized last Tuesday evening in the Mueller Center Gymnasium. The Hot Springs Community Engagement hosted an annual report on community projects and initiatives, with almost 100 people in attendance

Read the Hot Springs Report of Accomplishments here

In May of 2015, Hot Springs partnered with Dakota Resources community coach, Kristi Wagner, and launched the community engagement process with the purpose of, “unifying Hot Springs for a sustainable future.”

For the rest of 2015 was filled with listening sessions. In total, over 700 people participated. In January of 2016 five key initiatives were born: housing, business and economic development, health and wellness, recreation and tourism.

At the event Tuesday, each initiative team gave a report on their accomplishments over the past couple … Read More »


Youth Advisory Board Developed in Centerville

Blog, News & Events on January 16th. Comments Off on Youth Advisory Board Developed in Centerville

Look around the small community of Centerville and you’ll see a success story in the making.

According to Jared Hybertson, the community’s Economic Development Coordinator, much of the progress and innovation happening in Centerville was sparked by RuralX.

“Almost everything we’ve done in the past two years goes back to RuralX,” he says. “It’s an event that really re-energizes us and makes us think outside the box.”

Here are just a few of the things Centerville has been doing to improve and enhance their community:

After being encouraged by youth engagement stories at RuralX, the community is in the process of setting up a Youth Advisory Board that reports to the Centerville Development Corporation.
Deb Brown and Becky McCray’s RuralX presentation about finding opportunities in empty downtown buildings inspired Centerville to host pop-up businesses inside a vacant building that is for sale. The pop-ups helped … Read More »


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