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South Dakota map showing impact of the SDSU Extension Community Vitality team

The Energize! Exploring Innovative Rural Communities Conference is designed to energize South Dakota’s rural communities by inviting them to network with community leaders from across the state to share success stories, get new ideas and take action to improve their own communities. The conference offers several sessions led by a nationally-known keynote speaker and South Dakota leaders who have found success in rural areas.

Previous Energize! Conferences have been hosted in DeSmet, Lemmon, Milbank and Fort Pierre. At those events, a clear focus on bringing community leaders and business owners together to share their experiences and knowledge on a variety of topics proved to be powerful as groups learned from each other. Like the creative venues used for conference locations, this event offers creative possibilities for rural areas.

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.