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Creating Vibrant Places

SDSU Extension’s community vitality team supports citizens in their efforts to enhance the qualities that make their community special.

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Nov 07

November Virtual Community Book Read

Join the SDSU Extension Community Vitality team throughout the month of November for a virtual discussion of the book, “The Total Town Makeover” by Andrew McCrea.

Wichita, Kansas waterfront.

SDSU Extension Presents at 76th Annual Meeting of Midwestern Legislative Conference

August 19, 2022

Kara Harders, SDSU Extension Community Vitality Field Specialist, presented at the 76th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Legislative Conference (MLC) held in Wichita, Kansas, July 10-13, 2022.

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Creative Placemaking

Creative placemaking can use arts, culture, and design to stimulate dialogue, promote economic development, and catalyze systemic changes that are essential to the development of communities.

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The Importance of Dialogue for Racial Justice and Equity in South Dakota

Recent census data showed that the state of South Dakota is rapidly becoming more diverse. What does this mean and how does it impact our communities?

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The Impact of Cultural Change in Rural Community Development

Rural communities often have deeply rooted cultural traditions, but are facing unprecedented changes. Diversity and inclusion are becoming essential components in creating vibrant and thriving rural communities.

Stagecoach at a parade in Fort Pierre, South Dakota.

SDSU Extension to Host Energize! Exploring Innovative Rural Communities Conference May 11-12 in Fort Pierre

July 06, 2022

The conference is designed to energize South Dakota’s rural communities by inviting them to network with community leaders, share success stories, get ideas and take action to improve their communities.

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Community Wellness Coalitions

Community wellness coalitions bring together community-based organizations, stakeholders and wellness experts to identify the wellness challenges facing South Dakota communities and address them through resources, programming and wellness opportunities tailored for their unique needs.

Small business "Muddy River Hobbies" with sandbags in front of entrance. Photo by Jeannie Mooney, FEMA.

Managing Disaster Recovery for Your Small Business

What do you do when your small business is hit by a disaster such as a flood, tornado, fire or other natural disaster? Many times, with the day to day work of operating a business, we sometimes forget about what we have in our disaster plan.

Kara Harders, SDSU Extension Community Vitality Field Specialist

SDSU Extension Welcomes New Field Specialist to Community Vitality Team

June 03, 2022

SDSU Extension recently welcomed Kara Harders as a community vitality field specialist to the Community Vitality programming team.