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Vision: SDSU Extension Community Vitality is a prominent leader in empowering South Dakotans with the motivation, knowledge and skills to create stronger communities.

Mission: We inspire South Dakotans to create vibrant communities.

By offering continuous learning opportunities, innovative processes and coaching directly to people in their communities, we work together toward positive change. Our national network of resources, backed by experience, research and data, give us tools to build capacity in leaders in a way that is uniquely South Dakotan. We offer communities direction and ideas, make sure they use inclusive decision-making, and help them form connections with other resource providers.

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Creating Vibrant Places

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

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Energizing Leaders

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

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Strengthening Businesses

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

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Upcoming Events

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Oct 18

Career Conversations: Exploring My Future in the 605

South Dakota 4-H is holding a Career Conversations course on its Training House platform to teach various lessons about the career fields in South Dakota.

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Oct 20

Mosquito Control and West Nile Virus Conference

South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension will be hosting its annual mosquito control meeting over Zoom on Oct. 20, from 1:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

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Oct 21

Sustaining the Legacy @ Rapid City

Join South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension and industry professionals for a 2-day Estate Planning and Farm Succession Conference.

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Nov 01

South Dakota Remote Works November 2021 Registration

South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension has partnered with Utah State University Extension to offer the Master Remote Work Professional certificate course, a one-month specialized training from Nov. 1 –Dec. 4, which combines online work with interactive workshops.