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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.

A crowd of Energize Conference attendees enjoying refreshments served in a local art gallery.

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.

a small emergency management team in a makeshift local office. Photo by George Armstrong, FEMA.

Every Disaster is Local First

If you are experiencing a disaster, it is a local disaster. Your best chance for immediate help before, during, or after a disaster is local.

a business checklist written on a pad with a pen. Photo by Eilis Maynard, FEMA

Communities Facing Disasters: Helpful Checklists

Whether communities are planning for, experiencing, or recovering from a disaster, checklists are helpful. View some helpful checklists created by experienced people who know what is needed during any stage of a disaster.

Vern Hanson, Faulkton Health Care System Board Member

Funding Community Projects: Keeping Healthcare in Your Community

Faulkton’s hospital was getting old. Something had to be done or it would be lost.

Dave Anderson, President, Mt. Vernon Economic Development Group

Engaging Community Members: Affordable Housing for Rural Communities – Our Story

Mt. Vernon’s housing story went from “group conception” to four complete houses, and three in development phase, within a two year time frame.

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.

outside of the lake grocery store

Group-Effort Grocery

Although creating and running a community-owned grocery store is a challenge, Willow Lake, South Dakota’s Lake Grocery has been a beacon for the community for over five years.

Brent Comstock sitting on a couch

Save the Date! April 30 - May 1, 2019 Energize! Conference, Lemmon

February 21, 2019

The SDSU Extension Community Vitality Team and community of Lemmon will host the Energize! Exploring Innovative Rural Communities Conference April 30 - May 1, 2019 in downtown Lemmon businesses.

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