Midstates Community and Economic Development Conference brings community leaders together

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Farm Forum

The 14th annual Midstates Community and Economic Development Conference #RURALROCKS will be held April 6 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Marina Inn Hotel and Conference Center in South Sioux City, Neb. The Midstates Community and Economic Development Conference is one of the largest rural development events in the tri-state area and is a joint project of ten agencies and organizations in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. It is designed for local leaders and offers workshops on successful strategies and innovative ideas for rural development.

The keynote speaker this year will be Deb Brown of Save Your Town who will share stories of small town successes and help attendees determine ways they can build possibility in their towns, improve the idea climate in their rural communities, and learn practical steps to take to draw a crowd of supporters, create more connections, and get started with small steps.

Three breakout sessions will feature twelve presenters representing success stories in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. Topics for these workshops include marketing, housing, vacant lots, workforce education, “old to new” and local food entrepreneurs.

Communities are encouraged to bring two or more representatives to the conference so people can attend breakout sessions that will run concurrently. Registrations are due by March 31, and online registration is available at www.extension.iastate.edu/woodbury.

The planning committee for the Midstates Conference is made up of the City of South Sioux City, East River Electric Power Coop, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Monona County Economic Development, South Dakota State University Extension, SIMPCO Council of Governments, Siouxland Community Foundation, Siouxland Economic Development Corporation, USDA Rural Development and Woodbury County Rural Economic Development.

Financial sponsors of the conference include City of South Sioux City, Dakota Resources, East River Electric Power Cooperative, Inc., Great Southern Bank, Heidman Law Firm, Iowa West Coast Initiative, Nebraska Public Power District, Northwest Iowa Development, Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative, Plymouth County Economic Development, Security National Bank, SIMPCO Council of Governments, Sioux City Journal, Siouxland Community Foundation, Siouxland Economic Development Corporation, Siouxland Initiative, South Dakota Community Foundation and Wells Enterprises.

For registration details and additional information, please contact ISU Extension and Outreach- Woodbury County at (712) 276-2157 or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/woodbury.