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The Miner County Story

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

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The Miner County Story

  1. 1. Summit: 09South Haven, Michigan <br />Friday, November 6, 2009<br />Randy Parry, President<br />
  2. 2. Pierre<br />Sioux Falls<br />Where is Miner County, SD?<br />
  3. 3. Miner County, SD<br />
  4. 4.
  5. 5. Highest outmigration of youth in SD<br />Highest percentage of elderly in SD<br />61st out of 66 counties in median home value<br />Our Context<br />
  6. 6. Miner County Historical Population Trend<br />
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  8. 8. Multi-Dimensional Solutions<br />Creation of a Long-Term Strategic Plan<br />Do away with “Silo Mentality” Leadership<br />Broad-based Informed Decision Making<br />Develop Regional Collaborations<br />Invest & Support Local<br />Develop a New Economy--Economic Engines <br />Create Life-Cycle Housing<br />
  9. 9. Placed Based Learning<br />What is this place we call Home?<br />Researching Data<br />Analyzing the Data<br />Grassroots Input <br />Creating the Strategic Plan<br />Communicating the Plan<br />Leaders Making Informed Decisions on Analysis<br />Telling the Stories<br />
  10. 10. Inclusiveness Interviews<br />Everyone Is A Resource<br />Task Force and Committee Meetings<br />Over 300<br />Research and Analysis<br />County and Surrounding Counties<br />Strategic Planning Team<br />Networking<br />Coordination<br />Cooperation<br />Collaboration<br />Implementation of Living Plan<br />People Who Know It Best Call This Place Home<br />Diverse and Inclusive Collaborative <br />Planning for the Future<br />
  11. 11. Building Capacity<br />Communities that invest in themselves are successful<br />Financial Capital -- $$$<br />Human Capital -- education, health, attitudes <br />Environmental Capital -- natural resources<br />Social Capital -- relationships of trust and exchange<br />Courtesy of Daryl Hobbs<br />
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  13. 13. Value All People<br />Help Residents Improve There “Hometown Economy”<br />Build Leadership, Strategic Thinking, and Alliances<br />Base Decisions on Facts<br />Be Sure Local People Lead<br />Use Grassroots Discussion to Create Commitment<br />Continually Foster Relationships and Resources<br />Seek Broad-Based, Informal and Dedicated Leadership<br />Commit to the Long-Term<br />Share the Stories<br />Miner County Lessons Learned<br />
  14. 14. If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always gotten. <br />
  15. 15. We were living on our equity,hoping for change! <br />
  16. 16. Vision<br />What do we want to:<br />Look Like<br />Be Like<br />3-5-10 years from now<br />Transformation vs. Revitalization<br />
  17. 17. Grassroots Effort<br />Multi-Dimensional Approach<br />Collaborative Partners <br />Our Story<br />
  18. 18. Kids spark community understanding<br />Leadership from within<br />Strategic community plan<br />Grassroots<br />
  19. 19. Students <br />Developed Survey<br />Residents<br />Respond<br />Students Shared Analysis<br />Students Analyzed Data<br />Community<br />Benefited<br />Process<br />
  20. 20. <ul><li>Cash Flow Project
  21. 21. The actual amount of increased gross sales was $15,600,000.
  22. 22. It was an overall increase of 41.1% from the previous year.</li></ul>Investing In & Supporting the Local Economy<br />
  23. 23. Economic <br />Development<br />Housing<br />People & Organizations<br />(capacitybuilding)<br />The Plan<br />
  24. 24. Local Taxing Entities<br />Business and Industry<br />Educational Entities<br />Funding Entities<br />Government Entities<br />Partners<br />
  25. 25. Vision without action is merely a dream.Action without vision just passes the time.Vision with action can change Rural America.<br />
  26. 26. <ul><li>Community revitalization work began in 1996 at Howard High School
  27. 27. Northwest Area Foundation invested in the work in March of 1999
  28. 28. MCCR, a formal non-profit organization, was formed to lead the community revitalization movement
  29. 29. Focus on a multi-dimensional approach</li></ul>Miner CountyA Growing Community<br />
  30. 30. <ul><li>247 new jobs have been created in Miner County since 2002
  31. 31. 125 jobs have been retained in Miner County
  32. 32. Sales tax figures continue to increase in Howard—from 2007 (a record setting year) to 2008, sales tax grew by 24%
  33. 33. 17.61% Job Growth in Miner County compared to -0.27% average in rural SD between 2002-2008</li></ul>Miner CountyA Growing Community<br />
  34. 34. <ul><li>Total leveraging of assets of over $64 million
  35. 35. Projected population increase by 2010 (SD GOED) for the first time in 90 years</li></ul>Miner CountyA Growing Community<br />
  36. 36. Miner County Population<br />
  37. 37. Miner County Taxable Growth<br />
  38. 38. Miner County Tax Levies<br />
  39. 39. Howard Sales Tax Revenue<br />
  40. 40. <ul><li>Rural Learning Center founded in 2002-- focused resources on small, rural community capacity building
  41. 41. 62 communities and counting have requested the RLC’s assistance—from 14 states
  42. 42. In 2008, MCCR and the Rural Learning Center merged</li></ul>Beyond Miner County<br />
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  44. 44. It is not whether or not we are dreaming too big but whether we can afford not to.<br />That is how important Reimagining Rural is!<br />It is the rekindling of hope and the developing and sustaining of a sense of place.<br />Dream…<br />
  45. 45. Building diverse economic engines<br />Building local capacity for success<br />Progress<br />
  46. 46. Are not understood or underestimated by rural communities<br />Stimulate and create economic growth<br />Impact positively by employing people, accessing capital, exporting products and services <br />Travel beyond the community into the region, nation, and world<br />Import Sourcing of people, jobs, investment vs. Outsourcing<br />Economic Engines <br />
  47. 47. Renewable Energy<br />Value Added Agriculture<br />Healthcare<br />Seniors<br />Education<br />Rural Learning Center<br />Miner County ‘s Engines<br />
  48. 48. Miner County Economic Engines<br /><ul><li>Renewable Energy
  49. 49. Kosher Beef
  50. 50. Health Care (seniors, telemedicine)
  51. 51. School System
  52. 52. Rural Learning Center</li></ul>Growing our economy required a multi-dimensional approach—including a look at what kinds of businesses would compliment existing industry and regional skills<br />A Diversified Economy<br />
  53. 53. <ul><li>Processor of kosher beef, including traditional, natural, and organic varieties
  54. 54. Facility opened in Howard in 2003
  55. 55. 60 employees
  56. 56. Planned expansion would increase number of cattle processed by more than 10 times and would create 340 new jobs in the Howard region</li></ul>Dakota Beef<br />www.dakotabeefcompany.com<br />
  57. 57. <ul><li>Rural community Health Centers
  58. 58. Telemedicine capabilities connect patients in rural areas with doctors in more urban areas
  59. 59. Headquartered in Howard, SD</li></ul>Horizon Healthcare, Inc.<br />www.horizonhealthcare.org/<br />
  60. 60. Miner County Development Corporation (MCDC) dba<br />Whispering Winds Assisted Living<br />
  61. 61. <ul><li>Jonathan Eig Story appeared in the March 25, 2005 edition of the Wall Street Journal</li></ul>Wall Street Journal<br />
  62. 62. How it used to be!<br />
  63. 63. <ul><li>South Dakota ranks 4th in potential but 18th in actual production
  64. 64. The average home uses 11,000 kwh of power a year
  65. 65. SD has the potential to provide 117,200 megawatts or enough power for 93.8 million homes</li></ul>South Dakota Wind<br />
  66. 66. “We old timers knew this years ago”<br />Archie Moore 105 years old <br />
  67. 67. Industry in Demand<br /><ul><li>Need for 9,000+ new wind technicians in the next two years—currently technical schools are producing 600 each year
  68. 68. Midwest is poised to see significant growth in renewable energy, specifically related to wind development
  69. 69. Currently, Howard has 100 people directly employed in the wind industry</li></ul>Growing the Wind Industry<br />
  70. 70. Wind Energy Potential<br />#1. North Dakota<br />#2. Texas<br />#3. Kansas<br />#4. South Dakota<br />#5. Montana<br />#6. Nebraska<br />#7. Wyoming<br />#8. Oklahoma<br />#9. Minnesota<br />#10. Iowa<br />#14. Michigan<br />United States Wind Resource Map<br />
  71. 71. <ul><li>Areas of depopulation between 1970 and 2000 are disproportionally rural areas
  72. 72. These are also the areas that have the greatest wind energy development potential</li></ul>United States Depopulation Map<br />
  73. 73. United States Wind Capacity<br />
  74. 74. United States Wind Capacity<br />
  75. 75. <ul><li>Energy Maintenance Services was the first wind energy company located in South Dakota
  76. 76. Miner County native, Joe Kolbach, founded EMS
  77. 77. This partnership allowed Howard to become the first municipality in SD to own and operate wind turbines
  78. 78. First renewable energy collaborative training in SD</li></ul>Broadwind Energy/EMS<br />www.energyms.com<br />
  79. 79. <ul><li>Wind blade repair and manufacturing
  80. 80. 26,000 sq. foot facility opened in Howard in 2007
  81. 81. Currently, 60 employees
  82. 82. Possible expansion would add 300 new employees and a $20 million building with an additional $20 million in robotics equipment</li></ul>Knight & Carver Wind Group<br />www.knightandcarver.com<br />
  83. 83. <ul><li>Renewable energy training company, currently located in Tehachapi, CA
  84. 84. 5 year partnership agreement with the RLC to offer courses in Howard
  85. 85. Troops to Energy Partnership
  86. 86. National Distance Learning Collaborative</li></ul>Airstreams Renewables, Inc.<br />
  87. 87. <ul><li>Airstreams model is based on short, intensive courses
  88. 88. Wind technician course is a 20 day program
  89. 89. Currently, Airstreams is partnering with community colleges and universities on wind technician curriculum, alongside their private training program </li></ul>Airstreams Renewables, Inc.<br />
  90. 90. The Path out of the Valley appears when you choose to see things differently.<br />
  91. 91.
  92. 92. <ul><li>Rural Conference Center, Training Classrooms, Restaurant, Hotel
  93. 93. Seeking LEED Platinum certification
  94. 94. Total facility cost= $7.5 million
  95. 95. Public/Private Partnership
  96. 96. Construction set to begin September 2009</li></ul>Rural Learning Center<br />www.rurallearningcenter.org<br />
  97. 97. Green Energy Demonstration, showcasing the following:<br /><ul><li>Geothermal
  98. 98. Solar
  99. 99. Wind energy
  100. 100. Energy efficiency technology
  101. 101. Green materials</li></ul>Job creation at the facility will total 15+ FTE’s<br />Local economic impact of $6 million per year <br />Rural Learning Center<br />www.rurallearningcenter.org<br />
  102. 102. Smart Grid Technology<br />
  103. 103. 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.<br />Citi Foundation<br />
  104. 104. Senator John Thune visiting and discussing wind energy engines in Howard and the future for the state and nation.<br />Senate Appropriations 2009<br />
  105. 105. Change Inevitably Happens<br /><ul><li>We can ignore it
  106. 106. We can deny it
  107. 107. We can react to it positively or negatively
  108. 108. We can anticipate it
  109. 109. We can create it </li></ul>&quot;The time is always right to do what is right. &quot;<br />
  110. 110. “It was hard for the people to believe they had the power to change things, but they were the only ones who could.”<br />
  111. 111. 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. <br />We can’t plan for life. We can only live it--and appreciate those who play a part in our existence.<br />For our children & grandchildren!<br />
  112. 112. What is our gift to them?<br />
  113. 113. Conversations =&gt; Trust<br />Actually, what we are saying is thatconversations can build social capital,which in turn helpscommunities get things done.<br />
  114. 114. Source: Conversation Prism 1.0, Brian Solis/Flickr<br />
  115. 115. www.ReImagineRural.com<br />
  116. 116. Imagine…<br />Reimagine Rural is a place where our children do not wish to flee but where they dream to return<br />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.<br />
  117. 117. Make It Happen!<br />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. <br />Logic will get you from point A to point B; Imagination can take you wherever you want to go.<br />
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  119. 119. Thank You!<br />Let us ReImagine Rural and become the Architects of Change<br />
  120. 120. John F. Kennedy  “One man can make a difference, but every man should try.”<br />William Blake   “What is now proved was once only imaged.”<br />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.”<br />Mark Twain “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than the ones you did do.”<br />Wayne Gretzky“You know I don’t skate to where the puck is, I skate to where the puck is going to be.”<br />Words of Wisdom<br />
  121. 121. The Central Challenge: Building an Economic Engine<br />Provided Courtesy of Brian Kelly<br />
  122. 122. <ul><li> Improving & Communicating Access to credit
  123. 123. Supporting & Facilitating Renewable Energy Industry</li></ul> Development<br /><ul><li>Supporting & Enhancing Systems of Business Recruitment, </li></ul> Expansion & Retention<br /><ul><li> Developing & Implementing Community Beautification</li></ul> Programs<br /><ul><li>Creating & Providing Access to Systems of Affordable</li></ul> Quality Childcare<br /><ul><li> Facilitating Development & Promotion of Local Tourism
  124. 124. Developing & Building Rural Learning Center</li></ul>Economic Development<br />

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