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2021 Building a Better Rapid City Housing Summit

“We need new homes … We need them bad!”

More than 100 years after then-Rapid City Mayor John Burke’s comments appeared in an April 1919 newspaper article, his quote helped to kick off a modern-day summit of community leaders and industry stakeholders hoping to increase the availability and affordability of housing in the Rapid City market.

Liz Hamburg, CEO of the Black Hills Area Community Foundation, shared Burke’s quote as she officially welcomed about 125 people to the 2021 Building a Better Rapid City Housing Summit on Oct. 20. BHACF serves as the "backbone" for the housing initiative and home to the Rapid City Strategic Housing Trust Fund.
The summit concluded with the announcement that the John T. Vucurevich Foundation, a major partner in the initiative, has committed up to $5 million in matching dollars for all public and private contributions to the Rapid City Strategic Housing Trust Fund.

For details on the JTVF commitment, click HERE; and for a full recap of the Building A Better Rapid City Housing Summit, click HERE.


'Friends of Food Security' hold annual meeting

Nearly 50 people representing agencies that contribute to the Collective Impact Food Security Initiative in the Rapid City area came together for the 2021 Friends of Food Security Annual Meeting at Western Dakota Tech on Oct. 5.

The meeting was an opportunity to celebrate past successes, discuss ongoing challenges, and delve into what the future might hold for the initiative. Attendees heard from their peers during a panel discussion, as well as several speakers, including Trenton Ellis, Ph.D., a sociologist and professor at Black Hills State University, who discussed food insecurity among college students.

The event wrapped with a tour of Western Dakota Tech’s aquaponics and hydroponics labs, led by Kelsey Murray, Ph.D., and Bryan Mitchell, co-directors of WDT’s Controlled Environment Agriculture program.

Mitchell said when the program started, they used the maps created for the Collective Impact Food Security Initiative to inform their actions. (Those maps still hang on a door in one of the labs, pictured below.) Their vision is to build a sustainable food-producing model for Rapid City that can serve as an example for other communities as well – proof that the future of food security is in good hands.

For more highlights from the Friends of Food Security Annual Meeting, click HERE.

Connecting. Communicating. Collaborating.

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