Community Impacts of Energy Development Conference set for Feb. 11 in Belle Fourche

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BROOKINGS — Community Impacts of Energy Development Conference will be held on Feb. 11, 2015 in Belle Fourche at the Belle Fourche Community Hall (512 6th Avenue for Community Hall).

The Community Impacts of Energy Development Conference is hosted by SDSU Extension Community Development team, it will feature a variety of topics on boom and bust communities impacted by uranium, oil and gas energy development. These topics include: positive and negative impacts of energy development, resources available to assist communities impacted, the pitfalls and how to overcome them, and how to work with the industry.

Sessions will be relevant for community leaders, government officials, nonprofit organizations and other stakeholders living in energy development regions.

A panel of public and private speakers will discuss how their communities have benefited from economic development opportunities associated with the boom part of energy development. Speakers from North Dakota and Wyoming energy development communities will share their experiences of both the positive and negative impacts of uranium, oil, and gas development.

“Do not miss this opportunity to understand successes and failures of communities impacted by boom/bust energy development learn about the resources that can help you create vital communities and create a win-win for your community. You will also discover ways you can fund your community projects,” said Paul Thares, SDSU Extension Community Development Field Specialist.

The registration fee for the Boom/Bust Community Impacts of Energy Development Conference is $59, prior to Jan. 30, 2015. After Jan. 30 registration will be $69. Space is limited so get your registration in early. To register, visit, and click on Community Development.

For more information, contact Paul Thares at the SDSU Extension Regional Center in Lemmon at 605-374-4177 or email him at