Huron, SD, Mar 26, 2012 -- The eleventh annual Midstates Community and Economic Development Conference will be held Wednesday, April 4th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Marina Inn, Fourth and B Streets in South Sioux City, Neb. 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.
The afternoon program presenter David Landis will present Partnerships Through Problem Solving Negotiation. Landis is the director of the Urban Development Department for Lincoln, Neb., a 28 year veteran of the Nebraska Legislature, an award winning teacher and a skilled negotiator in the public arena. His presentation will focus on the communication and negotiation skills needed to develop fair and powerful partnerships.
Additionally, attendees can choose from nine different sessions on successful community development efforts presented by local leaders who were “in the trenches.” They will answer questions on what it takes for a successful local development project. Topics for these sessions include community development, entrepreneurship, housing, leadership, creativity, strategic partnerships, and implementing technology into community marketing.
Presentations will be made by representatives from the following communities. In Iowa: Denison, Hawarden, Lake View, Holstein, Sioux Center, Pocahontas and Sutherland. In Nebraska: Firth, Hartington, Wakefield and Wayne. In South Dakota: Centerville, Huron, Madison, Menno and Sioux Falls.
Communities are encouraged to bring three or more representatives to the conference so one person can be at each of the three sessions that will run concurrently. Over the years, average attendance for the conference has been around 200 local leaders from the region.
The planning committee for the Midstates conference is made up of Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach-Woodbury County; University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension-Cedar County; South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service; USDA Rural Development of Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota; Antelope County Resource Center, City of South Sioux City, Neb.; City of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa; City of Hawarden, Iowa; East River Electric Power Cooperative; Dakota Resources; Holt County, Neb., Economic Development Agency; P.A. Anderson Consulting LLC; Siouxland Community Foundation; SCORE; and Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO).
Financial sponsors of the conference include Avera Health, Central Bank, City of South Sioux City, Dakota Resources, East River Electric Power Cooperative, Elkhorn Valley Economic Development Council, Iowa Foundation for Microenterprise and Community Vitality, Iowa-Nebraska State Bank, Heidman Law Firm, LLP, Nebraska Public Power District, Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative, Plymouth County Economic Development, Security National Bank Trust, Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO), Sioux City Journal, Siouxland Community Foundation, Siouxland Economic Development Corporation, The Siouxland Initiative, South Dakota Community Foundation, and Wells' Dairy Inc.
For registration details and additional information, please contact ISU Extension and Outreach-Woodbury County at (712) 276-2157 or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/woodbury.