Stronger Economies Together (SET) is a partnership between USDA Rural Development, the Southern Rural Development Center and SDSU Extension. The program has been used in 25+ states and has a proven track record.
Stronger Economies Together (SET) enables communities and counties in rural America to work together in developing and implementing an economic development blueprint for their multicounty region that strategically builds on the current and emerging economic strengths of that region. Creating, attracting and retaining jobs as a single rural county, in isolation from other nearby counties, is becoming increasingly ineffective. In today’s global marketplace, economic development progress is more likely to be realized when rural and metro counties work together as a region to assess their resources and then design and implement plans that build on their assets and comparative economic strengths.
- More than 35 hours of valuable, step-by-step training to guide production of a practical and viable regional economic development plan.
- In-depth data tailored to the region, describing its current and emerging clusters, comparative economic advantages, and detailed demographic and socio-economic information.
- Tools to uncover local assets and resources that can advance the region’s economic strategies.
- Up to 40 hours of technical assistance from Extension educators, USDA RD state staff and the Regional Rural Development Centers to guide the implementation of regional goals and strategies.
- Opportunity to apply for a special assistance grant to support more advanced regional data analyses or to connect with those with specialized expertise needed to reach your regional goals.
- Chance to share information and gather ideas from other SET regions nationwide.
Current Regions in South Dakota using SET
SET Phase III Regions (Started Fall of 2012)
- Badlands/Bad River Region which includes Eastern Pennington, Haakon and Jackson Counties.
- James River Valley Region which includes Hand, Spink, Clark, Kingsbury, Beadle, and Jerauld counties.
SET Phase IV Regions (Started Fall of 2013)
- Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Districts’ Region
- Brookings Commute Area Region which includes Hamlin, Deuel, Brookings, and Moody
Learn more about SET from a Community Vitality Field Specialist near you:
- Kari O’Neill (605.685.6972) Martin, SD
- Peggy Schlechter (605.394.1722) Rapid City, SD
- Kenneth Sherin (605.995.7378) Mitchell, SD
- Paul Thares (605.374.4177) Lemmon, SD
Above: A video overview of Stronger Economies Together.
Above: This a video Nevada made about a SET project.
More SET Information
- The Southern Rural Development Center manages the SET program: Information including all the curriculum used for the training.
- This is newspaper article about a SET meeting of the Badlands/Bad River Region.
- James River Valley SET South Dakota.
Customized resources are also available to meet your Community Vitality Goals.