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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 »
In a rural community, a lack of available housing can be a deal breaker.
“When potential teachers, daycare providers or business owners turn down jobs because they can’t find a suitable place to live in town, you have a problem,” explains Margot Gillette, Executive Director of Beadle and Spink Enterprise Community (BASEC). “BASEC is working hard to ensure the communities we serve have quality housing options. Then the dominoes fall and those communities become instantly more desirable.”
Beadle and Spink Enterprise Community (BASEC) serves seven communities across rural Beadle and Spink counties—an area that spans 1,000 square miles. The organization is dedicated to helping these rural communities help themselves through economic and community development efforts. Having access to flexible, unrestricted loan capital is vital to the success of these efforts, which is why BASEC utilizes the Dakota Resources Capital Investment … Read More »
Wall, South Dakota’s tagline is “Window to the Badlands.” Thanks to the efforts of a forward-thinking city council and a progressive economic development corporation, that window is opening to dozens of new opportunities for this tourism-based community.
One of those opportunities includes a strategic focus on housing development to help overcome Wall’s dire lack of available housing. To help generate new ideas and access more housing resources, the Wall Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) joined the Dakota Resources Home Address Plus learning network in 2016 to help connect with other rural communities and learn from their successes. The network offers online support for housing questions, monthly webinars, access to tools and resources and bi-annual Home Address Plus learning network gatherings.
“We were invited to try the network before we joined. The first gathering we attended was very inspiring. We could see the … Read More »