Like many small rural areas, Campbell County Economic Development Corp. faces challenges and they have succeeded in overcoming these challenges to attain several wins with economic development within their rural communities. I had an opportunity to speak with Andrew Van Kuren, executive director for Campbell County Economic Development Corp. and below you will read his responses to the questions I asked.
The New Year brings new hope for people. If you are a leader, manager, supervisor, team coordinator, parent or spouse, you have an obligation to keep hope alive in those looking up to you.
Spread the Tunes, Inc. started in 2015, by several friends that live in or around Spearfish. The nonprofit spearheads the Canyon Acoustic Series that has raised over $8200 the past two years (2015 & 2016) for the Booth Society, the nonprofit group that supports the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery.
SDSU Extension uses the Appreciative Inquiry approach as we assist organizations and communities with strategic planning. Our 1-day session, recently used by the Yankton Chamber of Commerce, allows groups to find their strengths, and then to build on those strengths for future growth. As participants reflect on what has gone well in the past, they can vision about possibilities for the next 1-3 years that eventually turn into action ideas for the future.
The United States first “new” nuclear power plant, the Watts Bar 2 reactor, has become operational in Tennessee. This Tennessee Valley Authority, (TVA) 1,150-megawatt reactor is online and producing electricity for 650,000 homes and businesses. The Watts Bar 2 is the 100th nuclear reactor to operate in the United States and the first new reactor to open in 20 years.
The 16h Annual Dakota Five–0 was held on Sunday September 4, 2016 which happened to be my third year of volunteering at one of the aid stations. It was also my first year of being able to get to the “Bacon Station” an aid station, to watch, assist and take in the action as the riders came, drank, ate bacon, rested and left.
As protestors stop construction on the Dakota Access pipeline three other pipelines were given permits by North Dakota State regulators on August 17, 2016. One of these newly approved pipeline projects would provide some of the Bakken crude expected to travel through the Dakota Access pipeline.
Baker Hughes Inc. an oilfield services company reports the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. during the month of August was up by 10 to 491. One year ago with oil prices depressed there were only 885 rigs that were active. The U.S. rig count peaked in 1981 at 4,530 and bottomed at 404 in May of 2016.
David Z. Morris of Fortune wrote an article about transportation of oil via pipelines. This article features a summary of his article; Pipelines: The Worst Way to Move Oil, Except for All the Rest.
Each year Black Hills Economic Development names a Small Business of the Year. This year’s award was earned by 4th Avenue Floral of Wall, S.D. Owner, Cindy Hauk and her husband Dan, grew up in the region and are proud to support their area with a business that brightens people’s days.