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Community Vitality Newsletter

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

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

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Your Town Matters! Shop Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Christmas is typically the largest economic stimulus for many nations around the world as sales increase dramatically in almost all retail areas. When you shop at your locally owned businesses, your dollars are voting for your community success and for small business success.

Small Businesses, Developing Communities

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Peggy Schlechter Receives Friend of Economic Development Award from Wall Economic Development Corp.

December 17, 2018

SDSU Extension Community Vitality Field Specialist, Peggy Schlechter was recently recognized with the Friend of Economic Development Award by the Wall Economic Development Corporation.

Developing Communities, Strategic Planning, Community Leadership

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

Business Development, Developing Communities, Community Leadership, Strategic Planning, Small Businesses

2017-2018 South Dakota Change Network Cohort group

Rural Community Leaders meet in Mitchell for South Dakota Change Network Cohort Meeting

December 18, 2018

South Dakota change agents will gather in Mitchell June 19-21, 2018 to celebrate the positive change they are making in communities across the state as a result of a projects inspired and developed during a year-long fellowship, through the South Dakota Change Network Cohort, a project funded by the Bush Foundation and advised by SDSU Extension Community Vitality Field Specialist, Kari O'Neill.

Developing Communities, Strategic Planning

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Business Retention & Expansion

This economic development strategy targets specific industries in your community. The Community Vitality team can analyze a county, community, or economic development organization’s situation and determine what training might be appropriate to meet their specific development needs.

Small Businesses, Business Development, Developing Communities

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Marketing Hometown America

Marketing Hometown America empowers communities to create a vision to attract new residents. Designed as a tool to create dialogue that moves people toward action, the process can be the spark to help a rural community look at itself in a new way.

Developing Communities, Strategic Planning

David Anderson standing in front of the Mt. Vernon sign.

A Place to Call Our Own: With Help from SDSU Extension's Marketing Hometown America Mt. Vernon Fills Housing Void

December 18, 2018

When David and Dawnette Anderson were looking for a small town close to Mitchell to call home, they eagerly chose Mt. Vernon because of its school.

Developing Communities, Strategic Planning

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Elk Creek Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline Proposed for the Bakken

The proposed 900-mile Elk Creek Pipeline will have the capacity to transport up to 240,000 barrels per day from a terminal near Sidney, Montana to Bushton, Kansas. The $1.2 billion natural gas liquids pipeline does not cross North Dakota, instead it will connect to existing pipelines in northwest North Dakota.

Developing Communities

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Craft Breweries: Impact on Small to Mid-Size Communities, Neighborhoods and Local Economies

Breweries, taprooms, and bars have always been about more than beer, serving as community hubs, gathering places, and sources of local identity and pride.

Small Businesses, Developing Communities