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Aug 11

ENERGIZE! Exploring Innovative Rural Communities Conference August 2021

Wednesday, August 11 - Thursday, August 12

SDSU Extension will host a conference in August 2021 about rural communities held in a rural community in the Milbank community.

Online Registration

Registration information will be available as more details become available. Contact Peggy Schlechter, SDSU Extension Community Vitality Field Specialist for more information.

Conference Details

The conference begins with a light lunch and registration, and concludes early Thursday afternoon with lunch in Milbank before you head home energized to lead your community to success!

You are invited to join us for the 3rd Annual “Energize! Exploring Innovative Rural Communities” Conference in Milbank, SD. This is a conference about rural communities held in a rural community – you won’t want to miss it. Bring your walking shoes because you won’t be sitting in a conference center!

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Amanda Brinkman, creator, producer, host of the hit series “Small Business Revolution – Main Street”


Amanda Brinkman is creator, producer and host of the hit series “Small Business Revolution – Main Street,” which streams on Hulu and was named among Inc. Magazine’s top shows for entrepreneurs. In the inspirational reality show, Amanda showcases her love for small towns by spearheading efforts to revitalize entire communities and providing makeovers to small businesses across America.

Tentative Schedule:

Stop back later for a complete schedule of sessions, activities and locations! 

Breakout Sessions

  • Uptown Revitalization
  • Funding Community Projects
  • Community Engagement
  • Supporting Local Business

And More! Many sessions to choose from, an evening of entertainment, lots of great food, information from resource providers and plenty of time for networking and exploring Milbank 


If you are looking for a place to stay while you are attending the conference, here are some lodging options.

  • GrandStay, 1005 S. Dakota St., Milbank, SD 605.438.5000.

  • Super 8 Motel, 1205 East Highway 12, Milbank, SD 605.432.8144, Will honor state rate

  • Lantern Motel, 1010 S. Dakota St., Milbank, SD 605.432.4591.

When making your lodging reservations, let them you are attending the Energize! Conference.

Thank you to our sponsors who support innovative rural communities and help make this conference possible.

Platinum Level Sponsors

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Thank you to our Platinum Level Sponsors.

Gold Level Sponsors

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Thank you to our Gold Level Sponsors.