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Imagine a 2,475 square foot building filled with all the
tools, resources and technology necessary to build, design, create and invent
to your hearts content. Your key card gives you full access to the building from 6 am until midnight, seven
days a week. You’ll often find workshops, classes, demonstrations and great
networking opportunities inside.
If this sounds like a dream come true, that’s because it is.
The Brookings Area Maker Space celebrated its third birthday this month and is just one more example of the endless possibilities available to an innovative rural community.
The Maker Space got its start through a USDA rural
development grant used to help purchase equipment and tools. Empty warehouse
space in the Brookings Innovation Center houses the project. The maker space is
also supported by the Brookings Office of Economic Development.
“We wanted a way to help people bring great ideas … Read More »
Author – Carey Grosdidier, freelance writer
Nichole Cross volunteered at RuralX last summer intending to learn a little more about hosting an open space and collecting actionable feedback from a community gathering.
She left with so much more.
“I met Joe Bartmann (VP of Innovation at Dakota Resources) when I attended an ‘Art of Hosting’ event in Sioux Falls that he put on in November of 2015, and I was intrigued by the methodologies taught,” she explains. “He invited me to be part of the team at RuralX. As an industrial designer, I feel gathering and analyzing feedback is an important skill to practice, so I came to RuralX ready to help Joe gather and distribute participant feedback so attendees could take what they learned back to their communities to analyze and act upon.”
Nichole explains that while she was volunteering at … Read More »