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We believe South Dakota communities are worthy of our earnest effort to bring the best evidence-based and relevant resources to them. We help local leaders think through complex challenges by engaging, coaching and facilitating groups.

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SDSU Extension’s community vitality team supports citizens in their efforts to enhance the qualities that make their community special.

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We work with boards, businesses and organizations of all shapes and sizes.

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Is your business established, new or somewhere in between? Our team has resources for every stage.

“During the Horizons program, SDSU Extension coaches encouraged us to open a Community Savings Account through the SD Community Foundation. Through the foundation we have contributed to projects, such as a city park picnic shelter, ball fields, remodeling of the local legion hall, swimming pool improvements, equipment for the volunteer fire department/first responders, the community-wide vacation bible school program and scholarships. These funds definitely improve our community. Without the assistance of SDSU Extension, it is highly unlikely we would have ever created this lasting endowment.”

— Connie Smith, Montrose

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Upcoming Events

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Jan 27

Money Talk for Women Program

Are you a woman that would like to become more confident in making financial decisions to improve long-term financial security? Join us to learn more!

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Feb 01

South Dakota Remote Works February Workshop

Are you trying to master working from home?

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Feb 09

Small Business Basics Training

Are you an existing business owner? Are you starting a new business? Just exploring a business idea?

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Mar 01

South Dakota Remote Works March Workshop

Are you trying to master working from home? Join us for a remote works program.