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

December 17, 2018

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

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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

at a South Dakota Specialty Producers Association meeting Peggy Schlechter (left) and Kari O'Neill present

SDSU Extension Community Vitality Team Works with All Communities

December 18, 2018

SDSU Extension's Community Vitality team works with any community to help plan, set actionable goals and achieve success.

Community Leadership, Strategic Planning

Cake Lady Bakery and American Family Insurance businesses in a small town in South Dakota


Is your business established, new or somewhere in between? Our team has resources for every stage.

Business Development, Strategic Planning, Small Businesses

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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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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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Effective Meeting Communication Begins With the Principles

Does every meeting require guiding principles? Probably not; however if you have a group of people who haven’t worked together before, it can help to determine expectations at a meeting.

Community Leadership, Strategic Planning