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Community

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

2022 Energize Conference attendees.
May 31

ENERGIZE! Exploring Innovative Rural Communities Conference

SDSU Extension will host its fifth annual Energize! Exploring Innovative Rural Communities conference May 31-June 1 in Wessington Springs, South Dakota.