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Rita Anderson, Executive Director of the De Smet Economic Development Corporation, was recently honored with the Economic Development Professional Mentor Award by Dakota Resources.
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 »
Touchstone Energy Cooperatives and the Rural Electric Economic Development (REED Fund) became a Leadership Partner with Dakota Resources in June 2018. As part of their valued partnership, they receive recognition across all of Dakota Resources six core leadership programs, an annual complimentary membership to the Dakota Resources Learning Network, and tickets to events like ruralX and more.
“Changing from a sponsor to a partner made a lot of sense to us,” explains Linda Salmonson, Economic Development Manager. “A partnership allows us to more fully engage in Dakota Resources and the communities they serve. It’s better for both parties.”
As a representative for the cooperatives on the Learning Network, Linda is able to get a better pulse on the rural communities they serve, and can then share that information with their cooperative members. She is also able to lend expertise on topics such as funding, housing, rural … Read More »
Breanna Beebe of Castlewood and her colleague, Heidi McBride, were sent to RuralX17 by their employer and one of the event’s Rural Inspiration Sponsors, First Premier Bank. That “inspiration” turned out to be the real deal. Breanna left RuralX17 with her inaugural idea of a Castlewood Main Street beautification project in the form of a “shop local” mural painted on the side of the community grocery store. She was able to get approval from the grocery store owner. The Arts Council agreed to paint it. The City Council paid for supplies.
Since our last check in with Breanna, the community of Castlewood has formed an Economic Development Board of Directors. With new goals focused on developing Castlewood, the group took their first step as a board to invite local business owners to a Shop Local … Read More »
Imagine you live in a small community and your town’s only dentist wants to retire. The closest dental clinic will now be at least forty minutes away. It’s a problem many rural areas face—and it’s one of the reasons Horizon Health Care exists in South Dakota.
“We currently provide medical, dental and mental health care services to 31 clinics in 22 communities across South Dakota,” explains John Mengenhausen, CEO of Horizon Health Care. “Just like decent housing and good paying jobs, having access to medical and dental services is important, especially if that access is in danger of going away.”
In the case of Wessington Springs, Horizon Health Care was able to help the community’s longtime dentist transition into retirement by providing two full-time Horizon dentists to the area.
“It’s generally easier to work with an existing clinic that needs our … Read More »