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“When I look around a town and see neglected property, I see an opportunity. The first step is simply to see if the property can be purchased directly without any government involvement. A nice conversation is a good place to start.” stated Craig Johnson
After learning about the role of code enforcement officers
at a RuralX breakout session in 2016, Anita Holan decided to pursue the idea in
her own community of Kimball, where she serves as the Economic Development
“The more attractive a town is, the easier it is to recruit
and retain businesses,” she explains. “Quality housing is important to the
vitality of a community, and therefore
becomes important to my job in economic development.”
While at RuralX, Anita heard about Mike Olsen, a code
enforcement officer contracted in several rural communities around the area. She
talked with Mike about the needs in Kimball, and a few months later, he presented
his information to the City Council. In August 2017,
he was officially hired.
The first step in the code enforcement process involved having
Mike assess all the properties within the Kimball city limits and writing up a
list of homeowners in violation of various … Read More »
Flexibility and creativity are key components to rural
housing development, where a lack of affordable housing can often hamper
economic development efforts and deter new families from moving to town.
Centerville has been striving to meet the needs of families
by providing housing solutions through the Centerville Economic Development
“The first project that comes to mind started before I came
on board,” explains Jared Hybertson, Economic Development Coordinator in
Centerville. “The Economic Development Corporation identified a young man
living in poor conditions. This young man was about to have a family, so they
worked to get them into a Governor’s House. The Governor’s House was moved onto
the lot of a home that had previously been condemned and torn down.”
In a creative twist, the dilapidated home being lived in by
the young man was not torn down. Instead, the Economic Development Corporation
received funding through the South Dakota Housing Authority … Read More »
Tyndall, South Dakota is on a roll.
This rural community of just under 1,100 people is seeing new growth in many areas, including an influx of new businesses, a beautiful new baseball field, a new 4-H building/community center and upgrades at the fire station and local park, among other things. Many of the improvements were made possible with the help of grants from the Hoch Foundation and The South Dakota Community Foundation.
With all of the new opportunities available in Tyndall, housing development has become an even bigger priority.
“It’s like a domino effect. When people see positive change, they want to be part of it, so they jump in and start something new too,” explains Ron Wagner, Chairperson of the Tyndall Development Corporation. “But without enough quality housing, we have people driving from 40 miles away just to work here. We need … Read More »
With a population of about 600 people, Stuart, Nebraska is so small it’s considered a village by Nebraska standards.
Yet this village is thriving, thanks in part to innovative housing development efforts that have been underway since the early 80s. It was then that Stuart was deemed a “blighted” community by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and grants from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development created some creative new opportunities.
Today, of the 250 residences in Stuart, 108 homes have been completely rehabilitated and 40 new homes have been built.
This amazing success story just miles from the South Dakota border led Dakota Resources to invite John Madsen, Chairman of the Stuart Development Corporation, to host a Housing Development Knowledge Camp at RuralX this past summer. John’s insight has since “rippled” into many rural South … Read More »