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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.

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.

Upcoming Events

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Dec 10

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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Jan 14

The Power of Women as Agvocates Conference

South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension will be holding its biannual Power of Women as Agvocates conference Jan. 14-15, 2022 in Fort Pierre, South Dakota.