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Community Vitality Newsletter

SDSU Extension's Community Vitality Newsletter includes resources to enhance communities and improve their capacity to flourish.

Lemmon SD, A busy Main Street during the 2019 Energize Conference

Energize! Conference Creates an Economic Impact for Lemmon, S.D.

In late spring 2019, SDSU Extension hosted the second annual ENERGIZE! Exploring Innovating Rural Communities Conference in Lemmon, South Dakota. This conference brought an estimated $25,802 to the local Lemmon economy during the two-day event.

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Successful Energize! Conference Buoys Community Efforts in Lemmon, S.D. and Beyond

Cool, rainy weather in Lemmon, S.D., didn’t dampen community spirit on April 30 and May 1, 2019, when the North-Central community hosted the state’s Energize! Conference with facilitation by SDSU Extension’s Community Vitality Team.

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SDSU Extension Teams with CASA to Engage Volunteers in Rural Communities During ENERGIZE! Conference

June 06, 2019

Making communities a better place is a continual goal of SDSU Extension across South Dakota. During the recent ENERGIZE! Conference held April 30-May 1, 2019 in Lemmon, SDSU Extension provided opportunities for several community organizations to showcase the resources they offer to citizens, but for the Northern Hills Area CASA, the conference was an especially important opportunity.

Community Leadership, Developing Communities

A small town main street.

Energize! Conference Keynote Speaker to Share Ideas for Rallying Rural Communities

April 15, 2019

Brent Comstock, a rural Nebraskan, is the founder of one of the most successful rural-based tech companies in the Midwest. He will be the keynote speaker during the 2019 Energize! Exploring Innovative Rural Communities Conference, held in in Lemmon April 30-May1, 2019

Community Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Developing Communities, Small Businesses, Business Development

A small town main street.

Innovative Community Efforts Showcased During Upcoming Energize! Conference in Lemmon

April 15, 2019

A Chislic Festival in Freeman, a unique charity-focused music venue in Spearfish, and a grassroots effort bringing new ideas to Highmore, are three community development success stories occurring around the state. How have they done it and what can other communities learn and apply from these efforts? Community leaders and individuals are invited to attend the upcoming Energize! Conference being held April 30-May1, 2019 in Lemmon, to find out.

Community Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Developing Communities, Small Businesses, Business Development

A small town main street.

Energize! Conference to Highlight How Rural Communities are Addressing Housing, Healthcare and Other Issues

April 15, 2019

Providing quality housing and healthcare services will be the focus of the Energize! Conference held April 30 - May 1, 2019 in Lemmon. The event is cohosted by SDSU Extension Community Vitality Team and the Lemmon community.

Community Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Developing Communities, Small Businesses, Business Development

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SDSU Extension Looking for Community Leaders to Participate in South Dakota Change Network 

April 01, 2019

SDSU Extension Community Vitality is seeking South Dakotans who see opportunities to lead systems change in their organizations and communities to apply for the South Dakota Change Network.

Community Leadership

Roger Porch and Herb Sundall

Funding Community Projects: Funding Our Community Foundation

Local foundations can seek outside financial support from federal, state, and private sources, serving as an advocacy body for the community.

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Leadership for Today - Managing Conflict Within Groups

The human relationship is a complex and dynamic interaction. As living creatures, we need and crave the opportunity to interact with other humans by speaking, listening, and spending time with them. Most of this interaction tends to be mutual and cordial. Yet, at times, the interaction can be laced with tension and discord. If left alone, the tension can lead to conflict that may damage the relationship or even become volatile.