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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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Great Faces, Great Spaces

View this article to learn the guiding principles behind placemaking in preparation for our new Great Faces, Great Spaces placemaking program, coming soon in 2021!

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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May 13

South Dakota Remote Works May Workshop

Are you trying to master working from home? Join us for a remote works program.

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Aug 11

ENERGIZE! Exploring Innovative Rural Communities Conference

South Dakota State University Extension will host a conference in August 2021 about rural communities in a rural community — Milbank.