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Creating Vibrant Places

In a world that is evermore mobile and technologically connected, creating vibrant places is more important than ever to our South Dakota communities. As we pursue place-based strategies, we animate public and private spaces, rejuvenate structures and streetscapes, improve local business viability and enhance public safety. We bring diverse populations to celebrate, inspire and be inspired by the potential of the community and region they call home. Join us as we draw upon data-based models from Extension collaborations throughout the country to craft community and economic strategies around the “Great Faces, Great Places” of South Dakota!


Signature Programs

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Marketing Hometown America

Learn how to discover local assets, create a welcoming spirit and implement a marketing plan to attract new residents to your hometown in this signature program!

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Strategic Planning

SDSU Extension Community Vitality offers strategic planning to groups by starting with your strengths and building on them.

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Creative Placemaking

Creative placemaking can use arts, culture, and design to stimulate dialogue, promote economic development, and catalyze systemic changes that are essential to the development of communities.

Program Interest Form

Interested in bringing our programing to your community or business? Submit your information using the form below, and a team member will contact you to discuss what options we can offer.