Inspiring Community Leaders is flexible and adaptable to South Dakota’s changing rural communities, new ways of doing business and economic climate.

Inspiring Community Leaders can be customized to fit your business and organizational leadership training needs. Here are some examples of possibilities:

a) Getting Started with Leadership – A 45-minute presentation introducing the topic of “Exemplary Leaders”

b) Interactive Presentations - Hands-on 2-3 hour sessions digging further into specific topics of leadership and skill development.

c) Mini-Academy – Full-day session allowing presenters to cover all five steps of the Leadership Challenge more in-depth.

• Must have at least 10 participants
• Costs based on $500/3-hr session


Kari O’Neill
Community Development Field Specialist
Martin, SD 605-685-6972

B. Lynn Gordon
Assistant Professor
Agricultural Leadership Specialist
Brookings, SD 605-688-4545

Inspiring Community Leaders

The Community Heart & Soul Field Guide


The Community Heart & Soul Field Guide is a step-by-step approach to get people participating in local decision making and taking action to improve the place where they live, work, and play.

The process focuses on getting everyone involved in finding ways to protect, restore or enhance

their community's identity - its heart and soul - over the long term.

Resource provided by the Orton Family Foundation

Dakota Homecoming Guide

Download this practical guide to making a successful return to your Dakota hometown. ...

Spink County Brochure

In late March, 2001 a half - dozen citizens of Spink County gathered together to discuss what might be done to promote our county. As a result of these discussions, a county-wide meeting was held early in April. The meeting was well attended by local citizens as well as political leaders and two representatives of the Governors Office of Economic Development.

“Over 1,000 people provided input for this workforce report. We heard from educators, community leaders, businesses and elected officials from all across the state,” said Gov. Daugaard. “We’ve been actively engaged in workforce efforts over the past few years. By exploring the new tools and strategies laid out in the report, we can improve those efforts at the state and local levels.”

Workforce Summit Final Report 2014​
Mitchell Relocation Guide

Finding a new place to call home can be an exciting adventure. It can also be a bit overwhelming. That's why the Mitchell community is proud to offer you this convenient relocation guide, designed to help you get to know our city. Whether you're only curious about all that Mitchell has to offer, or you've already made plans to become a friend and neighbor, this guide is here for you. If you have any questions along the way, call us at 1-800-487-1740 or visit our website at We're always happy to help. Download here.