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Rural X

Rural X Summit Aims To Change The Way We Think About Our Rural Landscape

A new event scheduled for July 19-20 (Tuesday and Wednesday) at the DEC wants to challenge you to think about South Dakota’s rural landscape and how we all can influence change. Dakota Resources of Renner, SD is hosting the event in Aberdeen because it’s one of South Dakota’s larger rural communities. Leaders and change-makers from all parts of South Dakota are invited to attend. Rural X stands for Rural Experience and the summit is a come-as-you-are convergence of thinkers and doers with a vision for enriching and empowering our rural communities. It will inspire critical conversations, connect people with ideas, engage community-to-community collaboration, build confidence, and transform ideas into action.

Prior to the event, people can experience Blind Dining in Aberdeen. Those who sign up will be randomly sent to various eating establishments with other attendees for an icebreaker event. There will be a harvest supper Tuesday evening that will consist of a dinner of locally sourced food under a tent on the grass. Immediately following will be a live performance by Rock Garden Tour. Other sessions include keynote speakers on rural potential, open topic forums, mental models of how we think about rural, the documentary film, If You Built It (with regional popcorn), designing the future of rural, rural success stories, and action steps for each participant.

Dakota Resources is compiling an X Marks the Spot map so that people can visit interesting places along their route to Aberdeen for the summit. To learn more about this innovative day-and-a-half event or to register, visit // — Troy McQuillen