The focus of the one-day program is to offer successful strategies and innovative ideas to advance community and rural development in the three state region. The conference is a joint partnership of agencies and organizations in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota.
Beth Davis, president of South Dakota Rural Enterprise, will open the conference with a session on "Imagining the Future of the Northern Great Plains Four stories of the possible futures of the Northern Great Plains will be explored by participants. The scenarios can be previewed at www.meadowlarkproject.com.
Eight workshops on successful community development efforts will be presented by local leaders who were "in the trenches." They will answer questions on what it takes for a successful local development project.
Presentations will be made by representatives from the following communities in South Dakota: Faulkton, Jerauld County, Turner County, and Hutchinson County.
Communities are encouraged to bring four or more representatives to the conference so one person can be at each of the four sessions that will run concurrently. Over the years, average attendance for the conference has been around 200 local leaders from the region.
Pat McGill from McGill Training Resources will be presenting the afternoon program discussing how area leaders can leave fear behind and live their best lives possible, in heart-spirited communities that are real, rural, ready, reachable and remarkable.
A conference program and registration form can be downloaded at www.extension.iastate.edu/woodbury. Registration, including lunch, is $45. For more information, please call Woodbury County Extension Education Director Sherry McGill at (712) 276-2157.