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Strong local economies are the financial backbone of our communities. Businesses of all types and sizes provide us with the things we need and want, while creating income and wealth for the individuals they employ.
As the population of nearly every
rural community in the region is aging, it’s vitally important for these
communities to enhance their rural livability so seniors can stay in their
homes for as long as possible.
This is one reason why AARP South
Dakota is proud to partner with Dakota Resources and RuralX as a Vitality Sponsor.
AARP is a national organization dedicated to empowering people to choose how
they live as they age.
“RuralX is an opportunity to
identify potential partners who are working on the same things we are,”
explains Erik Gaikowski, State Director of AARP South Dakota. “There are many
different groups working on rural livability but the more we can connect and
work together rather than in individual silos, the better.”
Erik attended last year’s RuralX conference
in Mitchell and was impressed by the event and by the people he met.
“I thought the event was excellent.
I … Read More »
It’s a chilly day in December and cars and buses are lining the streets of Hoven, population 400. From a distance you can see the majestic church spires piercing the pale blue sky, a beacon to people traveling here from near and far. Affectionately known as the “Cathedral on the Prairie,” St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Hoven attracts many visitors throughout the year—but today over one thousand people will flock here to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season with “Christmas on the Prairie,” featuring glorious music from a variety of highly regarded choirs and the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.
“A former priest, Father Lance Oser, started this tradition in 2003 when he reached out to the South Dakota Symphony and they agreed to come,” explains Mary Keller, lifelong Hoven resident and the event’s Choral Coordinator. “It is a work … Read More »
I stood with a blue marker in my hand writing on the white flip chart paper as I facilitated a community group that was brainstorming all the factors that needed to be true to accomplish their purpose of building stronger community connections. As they named multiple statements, I wrote them on the flip chart – “strong communication, hosting hard conversations … and lastly, people must have their own thoughts and ideas.” That last statement had me curious and I needed some clarity from the group. I asked for an example of why people currently aren’t thinking for themselves. A member of the group spoke up, “When the negative voices in our community start to make noise it pulls us away from our purpose and each other… pretty soon people start believing what is the loudest rather than search for the … Read More »
In a nutshell, the Dakota Resources Learning Network is a way for rural community leaders to connect with one another, find valuable resources, make confident decisions and help their communities thrive. Leaders can also turn to experts on topics such as housing, entrepreneurship, community engagement and managing an economic development organization. Dakota Resources brings network members together through:
A vibrant online community with a resource library
Two expert webinars per month
Four face-to-face gatherings
Six peer-to-peer video conferencing
“Obviously, it’s always best to gather face-to-face, but technology allows us to stay connected between these gatherings,” explains Mike Knutson, Dakota Resources Coach. “I am impressed with how much time and energy people put into connecting with one another. People don’t like working in a vacuum.”
The Dakota Resources Learning Network was officially launched in November 2017. Prior to the Learning Network, Dakota Resources managed separate networks for … Read More »