Communities Article Archive

Jeffrey City, WY: A mining boomtown gone bust

A boomtown is a community that experiences rapid population and economic growth; very often it is in conjunction with a new profitable industry. There are over 50 such communities within the United States and Jeffrey City, Wyoming is one of these communities. Jeffrey City is located in Freemont County Wyoming, on highway 287 about 90 plus miles west of Casper and about 60 plus miles east of Lander.

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Congratulations Graduates! Who Says You Can’t Go Home?

Congratulations to all the young people celebrating graduations this month, whether is it a high school graduation or a college graduation. You have a reason to be proud. You have dedicated years of learning and now it is time to go out and spread your wings! Yes, this is an exciting time for you. There are so many options! You can continue your education. You can get a job. You can start a business. And then remember, once you have had some of the adventures you always dreamed of, you can go home.

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Entrepreneurial Resource Provider Conference Insights: Why didn’t I think of that?

Members of the SDSU Extension Community Vitality Team spent two days in April attending a “Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities” Conference in McCook, Nebraska. The conference, hosted by University of Nebraska Extension, offered an interesting venue twist: conference sessions were held in main street businesses. First tried by Michigan State University with success, McCook replicated the innovative idea.

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Lemmon Area Charitable & Economic Development: In the Spotlight

Like many small rural areas, Lemmon Area Charitable and Economic Development (LACED) faces challenges and they have succeeded in overcoming these challenges to attain several wins with economic development within Lemmon. I had an opportunity to speak with Dave Johnson, executive director for Lemmon Area Charitable and Economic Development (LACED). Below you will read his responses to the questions I asked.

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Wagner Area Growth Sponsors Small Business Beginnings

Aspiring and current business owners in the Wagner and Lake Andes area recently participated in Small Business Beginnings, a series of five business classes offered by SDSU Extension Community Vitality an organized by Wagner Area Growth. During these classes, participants planned for success in business by having the opportunity to write or update their business plans, participate in “board” meetings, and learn from a variety of speakers that covered everything from business structure to taxes and licensing to financial statements and finance options.

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People Skills in Leaders

Richard Leider, a founding partner of the Inventure Group, wrote in Forbes magazines, “People don’t leave companies; they leave leaders.” In our world where internet openness provides a format for making quick, and sometimes regrettable comments, and where email and text communication is used too frequently in place of a personal conversation, how important are people skills in leaders?

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Campbell County Economic Development, SD: In the Spotlight

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, coordinator for Campbell County Economic Development Corp. and below you will read his responses to the questions I asked.

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