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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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Nov 02

South Dakota Remote Works November Workshop

Are you trying to master working from home?

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Nov 05

2020 South Dakota Local Foods Conference

Would you like to learn more about new opportunities brought to local small-scale and specialty producers?

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Nov 09

Multi-State Community Entrepreneurship Conference

Eight state University Extension teams are collaborating to offer a week-long virtual conference in November 2020.

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Date TBD

ENERGIZE! Exploring Innovative Rural Communities Conference May 2021

SDSU Extension will host a conference in May 2021 about rural communities held in a rural community in the Milbank community.