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Networks, Hierarchies, and Power in the 21st Century

In this article, we look at how hierarchies and networks have influenced modern society. Then we examine how South Dakota innovators in the community development space have utilized these concepts in their work today.

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If You Build It, They Will Come: Building a Local Tourism Event

Whether realizing it or not, entities across South Dakota have overcome many hurdles to launch entrepreneurial tourism-focused ventures. For the rest of us, let’s take a moment to consider core steps in building your next big idea.

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Community Vitality Newsletter

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

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Dakota Fresh Food Hub Continues Connecting Local Farmers With Local Consumers

Interest in local foods continues to soar among consumers nationwide. Here in South Dakota, the Dakota Fresh Food Hub in the southeastern corner of the state is helping meet that local demand by providing an array of local foods to wholesale and retail customers.

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The Power of 10: Rural Considerations in Placemaking

When you think of a place that you enjoy, how many different types of engagement make that place valuable? Consider a park. You have the swing sets, the children’s area, a pool, perhaps a gazebo or small shell, the trees and environment. Is that enough for a quality space?

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SDSU Extension Welcomes Joshua Hofer to Community Vitality Team

July 14, 2020

Joshua Hofer is the newest member of SDSU Extension’s Community Vitality team of field specialists who assist with business, leadership and community development needs across the state.

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South Dakota Change Network Applications Open

April 20, 2020

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

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Oct 29

2020 SD State Arts Conference Pre-Conference Sessions

Community Arts Council leaders and roster artists from the SDAC Artists in Schools & Communities program are invited to Pre-Conference Sessions on October 29 and 30 in Rapid City.

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Why the 2020 Census Matters to Your Community

The 2020 Census will provide a snapshot of our nation—who we are, where we live, and so much more. The 2020 Census will provide data that will impact communities for the next decade, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding every year, and determine congressional representation.

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Energize! Conference Rescheduled to October 7-8, 2020 in Milbank, SD

April 20, 2020

SDSU Extension is rescheduling the third annual Energize Conference to October 7-8, 2020 in order to comply with CDC guidelines and to protect the population from COVID-19.