What was Your Rural Xperience?

Posted on July 27, 2017

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Below are quotes captured from the participants of RuralX17:

“There is great power in our rural connections. I don’t take for granted the awesome resources available to rural communities in our state, but it takes some digging to know where to find them. That’s why an event like RuralX is so valuable. Just last night I needed help with a grant project and Beth Davis got out her phone, pushed a few buttons and this morning I got a call from someone willing to help me. That’s powerful. That is the beauty of a rural connection.” – Emily Firman Pieper, Flandreau Community Advocate

“We were doing research on rural development or rural resources on Google and we stumbled across RuralX17. There was so much good talk and so many great ideas! Now we are ready to go back home and turn the talk into action.” – Bryan and Shawn Bietz, representing Tripp Area Community Foundation

“I have been inspired to connect some of our older entrepreneurs with some of the new young entrepreneurs in the area. I think my biggest take-away from RuralX17 was to empower people in a grassroots way rather than making everything so formal.” – Cindy Meyer, Executive Director Platte Chamber of Commerce

“If you are passionate about something you have everything it takes to be a leader.” – Jason Roberts, The Better Block Project

“I wish my whole community could come to this. I think that one of the most important things that inspired me was that progress doesn’t have to be something huge. Ten little things can have a huge ripple effect.” – Kelsey Doom, Executive Director Wagner Economic Development

“I have been inspired by the younger people I see here at RuralX17. This venue is a great way to get our younger people connected and get them involved.” – Jon Farris, Dakota Resources Board of Directors

“I love that this is an event that’s intentionally for rural communities and not something that’s been retrofitted to fit a rural crowd. You can see the one-on-one impact of people coming together in a creative environment, with the common desire to make rural a better place to be.” – Hugh Weber, The Potluck Society

“People should come to RuralX to connect with others, learn new things and exchange ideas. There are so many great things happening in our rural communities and this is a place where we can inspire one another with our successes.” – Kenneth Sherin, Program Director for the SDSU Community Vitality Program

“The people here (RuralX17) are intrigued by us. They want to talk with us and get our perspectives. We have been well received here and I think it’s because the older people realize our younger generation is going to have to step up and eventually take over. They’re asking a lot of questions and I think some of them are surprised that we have pretty good answers.” – Abby Breitling, Junior at Miller High School

“RuralX is your chance to see that you’re not the only crazy person with big ideas in a small town.” – Becky McCray, SaveYour.Town

“No matter who you are—a volunteer, a leader or an advocate—I think it’s important to come together and learn from one another to make our rural communities better.” – Deb Brown, SaveYour.Town

“OpenX is fascinating and I think it shows what groups of people can do when they come together.” – Janna Farley, Avera Rural Health

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