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Release No. STELPRD4020034
ContactTammi Schone605-352-1102
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Tammi Schone - (605) 352-1102

Midstates Community and Economic Development

Conference Brings Community Leaders Together

South Sioux City, NE – March 17, 2011 The eleventh annual Midstates Community and Economic Development Conference will be held Wednesday, March 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Marina Inn, Fourth and B Streets in South Sioux City, N.E. 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 Patrick McGaughey will present High Performance Partnerships: Implementing Best Ideas. McGaughey will share how strong partnerships must include the ideas and concept from each partner blended into a viable strategic work plan. His presentation will focus on the communication and negotiation skills needed to develop fair and powerful partnerships.

During lunch, Mike Knutson of the Rural Learning Center in Howard, S.D. will share how small towns can use social media to extend their community development efforts.

Additionally, nine 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. Topics for these workshops include community disaster preparedness, entrepreneurship, housing/creative financing, leadership, creativity, strategic partnerships, and agritourism.


Presentations will be made by representatives from the following communities. In Iowa: Alta, George, Holstein, Moville, Parkersburg, and Sac City. In Nebraska: David City, Neligh, Randolph, and South Sioux City.   In South Dakota: Box Elder, Clark, Edgemont, Estelline, Highmore, Wagner, and White Lake.

“The coming together of many communities of like size and with similar issues, and within networkable distances, is the greatest value to me for attending this conference,” said Sharon Schamber, development coordinator in Freeman, S.D. “Most of us can relate to some or all of the topics discussed in the break-out sessions. And the ideas shared and successes celebrated keep the rest of us plugging on with fresh objectives.”

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 Extension-Woodbury County; University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension-Cedar County; South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service; USDA Rural Development of Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota; Nebraska Loess Hills RC&D; Sioux Rivers RC&D; City of South Sioux City, Neb.; City of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa; City of Hawarden, Iowa; East River Electric Power Cooperative; Plymouth County, Iowa, Economic Development; Rural Community Advancement Project, LLC; South Dakota Rural Enterprise Inc.; Siouxland Community Foundation; SCORE; Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO); and U.S. Small Business Administration.


Financial sponsors of the conference include Avera Health, Central Bank, City of South Sioux City, East River Electric Power Cooperative, Elkhorn Valley Economic Development Council, Great Plains Communications, Iowa Foundation for Microenterprise and Community Vitality, Iowa-Nebraska State Bank, Heidman Law Firm, LLP, Nebraska Loess Hills RC&D, 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, South Dakota Rural Enterprise Inc., and Wells' Dairy Inc.

For registration details and additional information, please contact ISU Extension-Woodbury County at (712) 276-2157 or visit

USDA Rural Development has eight offices in the state that assist rural communities. Office locations include a state office in Huron, along with area offices in Aberdeen, Mitchell, Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Watertown, and Yankton.

USDA, under its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a network of 6,100 employees located in 500 national, state and local offices. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $134 billion in loans and loan guarantees.

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Last Modified:03/20/2014 
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