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The Miner County Story

The Miner County Story



Randy Parry made the following presentation at "Summit:09" in South Haven, Michigan.

Randy Parry made the following presentation at "Summit:09" in South Haven, Michigan.



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  • Summit: 09South Haven, Michigan
    Friday, November 6, 2009
    Randy Parry, President
  • Pierre
    Sioux Falls
    Where is Miner County, SD?
  • Miner County, SD
  • Highest outmigration of youth in SD
    Highest percentage of elderly in SD
    61st out of 66 counties in median home value
    Our Context
  • Miner County Historical Population Trend
  • Multi-Dimensional Solutions
    Creation of a Long-Term Strategic Plan
    Do away with “Silo Mentality” Leadership
    Broad-based Informed Decision Making
    Develop Regional Collaborations
    Invest & Support Local
    Develop a New Economy--Economic Engines
    Create Life-Cycle Housing
  • Placed Based Learning
    What is this place we call Home?
    Researching Data
    Analyzing the Data
    Grassroots Input
    Creating the Strategic Plan
    Communicating the Plan
    Leaders Making Informed Decisions on Analysis
    Telling the Stories
  • Inclusiveness Interviews
    Everyone Is A Resource
    Task Force and Committee Meetings
    Over 300
    Research and Analysis
    County and Surrounding Counties
    Strategic Planning Team
    Implementation of Living Plan
    People Who Know It Best Call This Place Home
    Diverse and Inclusive Collaborative
    Planning for the Future
  • Building Capacity
    Communities that invest in themselves are successful
    Financial Capital -- $$$
    Human Capital -- education, health, attitudes
    Environmental Capital -- natural resources
    Social Capital -- relationships of trust and exchange
    Courtesy of Daryl Hobbs
  • Value All People
    Help Residents Improve There “Hometown Economy”
    Build Leadership, Strategic Thinking, and Alliances
    Base Decisions on Facts
    Be Sure Local People Lead
    Use Grassroots Discussion to Create Commitment
    Continually Foster Relationships and Resources
    Seek Broad-Based, Informal and Dedicated Leadership
    Commit to the Long-Term
    Share the Stories
    Miner County Lessons Learned
  • If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always gotten.
  • We were living on our equity,hoping for change!
  • Vision
    What do we want to:
    Look Like
    Be Like
    3-5-10 years from now
    Transformation vs. Revitalization
  • Grassroots Effort
    Multi-Dimensional Approach
    Collaborative Partners
    Our Story
  • Kids spark community understanding
    Leadership from within
    Strategic community plan
  • Students
    Developed Survey
    Students Shared Analysis
    Students Analyzed Data
    • Cash Flow Project
    • The actual amount of increased gross sales was $15,600,000.
    • It was an overall increase of 41.1% from the previous year.
    Investing In & Supporting the Local Economy
  • Economic
    People & Organizations
    The Plan
  • Local Taxing Entities
    Business and Industry
    Educational Entities
    Funding Entities
    Government Entities
  • Vision without action is merely a dream.Action without vision just passes the time.Vision with action can change Rural America.
    • Community revitalization work began in 1996 at Howard High School
    • Northwest Area Foundation invested in the work in March of 1999
    • MCCR, a formal non-profit organization, was formed to lead the community revitalization movement
    • Focus on a multi-dimensional approach
    Miner CountyA Growing Community
    • 247 new jobs have been created in Miner County since 2002
    • 125 jobs have been retained in Miner County
    • Sales tax figures continue to increase in Howard—from 2007 (a record setting year) to 2008, sales tax grew by 24%
    • 17.61% Job Growth in Miner County compared to -0.27% average in rural SD between 2002-2008
    Miner CountyA Growing Community
    • Total leveraging of assets of over $64 million
    • Projected population increase by 2010 (SD GOED) for the first time in 90 years
    Miner CountyA Growing Community
  • Miner County Population
  • Miner County Taxable Growth
  • Miner County Tax Levies
  • Howard Sales Tax Revenue
    • Rural Learning Center founded in 2002-- focused resources on small, rural community capacity building
    • 62 communities and counting have requested the RLC’s assistance—from 14 states
    • In 2008, MCCR and the Rural Learning Center merged
    Beyond Miner County
  • It is not whether or not we are dreaming too big but whether we can afford not to.
    That is how important Reimagining Rural is!
    It is the rekindling of hope and the developing and sustaining of a sense of place.
  • Building diverse economic engines
    Building local capacity for success
  • Are not understood or underestimated by rural communities
    Stimulate and create economic growth
    Impact positively by employing people, accessing capital, exporting products and services
    Travel beyond the community into the region, nation, and world
    Import Sourcing of people, jobs, investment vs. Outsourcing
    Economic Engines
  • Renewable Energy
    Value Added Agriculture
    Rural Learning Center
    Miner County ‘s Engines
  • Miner County Economic Engines
    • Renewable Energy
    • Kosher Beef
    • Health Care (seniors, telemedicine)
    • School System
    • Rural Learning Center
    Growing our economy required a multi-dimensional approach—including a look at what kinds of businesses would compliment existing industry and regional skills
    A Diversified Economy
    • Processor of kosher beef, including traditional, natural, and organic varieties
    • Facility opened in Howard in 2003
    • 60 employees
    • Planned expansion would increase number of cattle processed by more than 10 times and would create 340 new jobs in the Howard region
    Dakota Beef
    • Rural community Health Centers
    • Telemedicine capabilities connect patients in rural areas with doctors in more urban areas
    • Headquartered in Howard, SD
    Horizon Healthcare, Inc.
  • Miner County Development Corporation (MCDC) dba
    Whispering Winds Assisted Living
    • Jonathan Eig Story appeared in the March 25, 2005 edition of the Wall Street Journal
    Wall Street Journal
  • How it used to be!
    • South Dakota ranks 4th in potential but 18th in actual production
    • The average home uses 11,000 kwh of power a year
    • SD has the potential to provide 117,200 megawatts or enough power for 93.8 million homes
    South Dakota Wind
  • “We old timers knew this years ago”
    Archie Moore 105 years old
  • Industry in Demand
    • Need for 9,000+ new wind technicians in the next two years—currently technical schools are producing 600 each year
    • Midwest is poised to see significant growth in renewable energy, specifically related to wind development
    • Currently, Howard has 100 people directly employed in the wind industry
    Growing the Wind Industry
  • Wind Energy Potential
    #1. North Dakota
    #2. Texas
    #3. Kansas
    #4. South Dakota
    #5. Montana
    #6. Nebraska
    #7. Wyoming
    #8. Oklahoma
    #9. Minnesota
    #10. Iowa
    #14. Michigan
    United States Wind Resource Map
    • Areas of depopulation between 1970 and 2000 are disproportionally rural areas
    • These are also the areas that have the greatest wind energy development potential
    United States Depopulation Map
  • United States Wind Capacity
  • United States Wind Capacity
    • Energy Maintenance Services was the first wind energy company located in South Dakota
    • Miner County native, Joe Kolbach, founded EMS
    • This partnership allowed Howard to become the first municipality in SD to own and operate wind turbines
    • First renewable energy collaborative training in SD
    Broadwind Energy/EMS
    • Wind blade repair and manufacturing
    • 26,000 sq. foot facility opened in Howard in 2007
    • Currently, 60 employees
    • Possible expansion would add 300 new employees and a $20 million building with an additional $20 million in robotics equipment
    Knight & Carver Wind Group
    • Renewable energy training company, currently located in Tehachapi, CA
    • 5 year partnership agreement with the RLC to offer courses in Howard
    • Troops to Energy Partnership
    • National Distance Learning Collaborative
    Airstreams Renewables, Inc.
    • Airstreams model is based on short, intensive courses
    • Wind technician course is a 20 day program
    • Currently, Airstreams is partnering with community colleges and universities on wind technician curriculum, alongside their private training program
    Airstreams Renewables, Inc.
  • The Path out of the Valley appears when you choose to see things differently.
    • Rural Conference Center, Training Classrooms, Restaurant, Hotel
    • Seeking LEED Platinum certification
    • Total facility cost= $7.5 million
    • Public/Private Partnership
    • Construction set to begin September 2009
    Rural Learning Center
  • Green Energy Demonstration, showcasing the following:
    • Geothermal
    • Solar
    • Wind energy
    • Energy efficiency technology
    • Green materials
    Job creation at the facility will total 15+ FTE’s
    Local economic impact of $6 million per year
    Rural Learning Center
  • Smart Grid Technology
  • Pam Flaherty, President and CEO of Citi Foundation (NY), and Ken Stork, President of South Dakota CitiBank, present a check for $250,000 to the Maroney Rural Learning Center during the Groundbreaking Celebration on September 2, 2009.
    Citi Foundation
  • Senator John Thune visiting and discussing wind energy engines in Howard and the future for the state and nation.
    Senate Appropriations 2009
  • Change Inevitably Happens
    • We can ignore it
    • We can deny it
    • We can react to it positively or negatively
    • We can anticipate it
    • We can create it
    "The time is always right to do what is right. "
  • “It was hard for the people to believe they had the power to change things, but they were the only ones who could.”
  • We never understand the beauty of youth until it’s long faded from mind, and we rarely appreciate the beauty of age until we begin to see our own mortality in another’s eyes. We worry about the future, but the big problems end up being things that never occur to us until we’re blindsided by them on a sunny afternoon.
    We can’t plan for life. We can only live it--and appreciate those who play a part in our existence.
    For our children & grandchildren!
  • What is our gift to them?
  • Conversations => Trust
    Actually, what we are saying is thatconversations can build social capital,which in turn helpscommunities get things done.
  • Source: Conversation Prism 1.0, Brian Solis/Flickr
  • www.ReImagineRural.com
  • Imagine…
    Reimagine Rural is a place where our children do not wish to flee but where they dream to return
    It is a place where people do not talk about what used to be on Main Street but where they dream about what will be there two decades from now for our children and grandchildren to return to be entrepreneurs.
  • Make It Happen!
    We need to make a decision that luggage is no longer an acceptable gift to high school graduates but the investment of getting them back home is the responsibility of all.
    Logic will get you from point A to point B; Imagination can take you wherever you want to go.
  • Thank You!
    Let us ReImagine Rural and become the Architects of Change
  • John F. Kennedy  “One man can make a difference, but every man should try.”
    William Blake   “What is now proved was once only imaged.”
    Vince Lombardi “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.”
    Mark Twain “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than the ones you did do.”
    Wayne Gretzky“You know I don’t skate to where the puck is, I skate to where the puck is going to be.”
    Words of Wisdom
  • The Central Challenge: Building an Economic Engine
    Provided Courtesy of Brian Kelly
    • Improving & Communicating Access to credit
    • Supporting & Facilitating Renewable Energy Industry
    • Supporting & Enhancing Systems of Business Recruitment,
    Expansion & Retention
    • Developing & Implementing Community Beautification
    • Creating & Providing Access to Systems of Affordable
    Quality Childcare
    • Facilitating Development & Promotion of Local Tourism
    • Developing & Building Rural Learning Center
    Economic Development