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It seems to me the only voices being heard in this world are from big companies, big cities and big government. The news blasted on my car radio as I drove across the prairie a few weeks ago, “the nation’s Gross Domestic Product growth has risen to a booming 4.1 during the second quarter of 2018 and consumer confidence is high as we go into mid-term elections.” I wanted to yell at the car radio, “What about the news that is affecting rural communities!”
That brief tantrum brought a question to mind for me. Where are the voices willing to explore and discuss issues facing rural communities?
There is an online news feed called The Daily Yonder that understands rural and puts our issues in perspective, but I’m guessing since it’s not one of the national news mediums, not many are looking … Read More »
Look around the small community of Centerville and you’ll see a success story in the making.
According to Jared Hybertson, the community’s Economic Development Coordinator, much of the progress and innovation happening in Centerville was sparked by RuralX.
“Almost everything we’ve done in the past two years goes back to RuralX,” he says. “It’s an event that really re-energizes us and makes us think outside the box.”
Here are just a few of the things Centerville has been doing to improve and enhance their community:
After being encouraged by youth engagement stories at RuralX, the community is in the process of setting up a Youth Advisory Board that reports to the Centerville Development Corporation.
Deb Brown and Becky McCray’s RuralX presentation about finding opportunities in empty downtown buildings inspired Centerville to host pop-up businesses inside a vacant building that is for sale. The pop-ups helped … Read More »
Tripp Community Engages in Empower! Dakota Community Coaching
What a difference a few great connections can make. After attending RuralX17 last July just to “get some ideas,” Bryan and Shawn Bietz used what they learned to formed the Tripp Action Group. Since then, the entire Tripp community has made significant strides in bringing people together to help make their home a better place to live. The latest achievement includes applying for and receiving a $10,000 Community Innovation Grant from the South Dakota Community Foundation. This grant will be used to help fund a partnership with Dakota Resources and the organization’s Empower! Community Coaching program, which will guide the community through a comprehensive coaching process designed to help empower local people and organizations to lead action. (Tripp is one of several rural development corporations using SD Community Foundation grants to partner … Read More »
By Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan, RANDY TRAMP P&D Correspondent
Dakota Rising is a free comprehensive Fellowship experience that seeks out, celebrates and inspires rural entrepreneurs. The 24-month program is designed to provide rural entrepreneurs with the tools, resources, and connections to help them reach their greatest potential.
The program works with entrepreneurs from anywhere in South Dakota, excluding Sioux Falls and Rapid City.
Dakota Resources, the non-profit that organizes the Dakota Rising Fellowship, has a core mission to enrich rural communities and empower rural people. Dakota Resources offers programs that are available to the community and economic development leaders across South Dakota and beyond.
“Our goal with the Dakota Rising Fellowship is to help business owners grow in a way that allows them to work on their company instead of in it,” said Joe Bartmann, community coach/VP of Community Innovation of Dakota … 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 »