Success Stories

Mike Hummel photo

Mike Hommel was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa which causes loss of peripheral vision. He has achieved many goals in his life despite his diagnosis. His latest achievement is homeownership.

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The Crooked River Wetlands Complex, a component of Prineville's wastewater treatment system

In the rural town of Prineville in central Oregon, the wastewater treatment plant could no longer meet the needs of residents and businesses. Built in 1960, the plant originally served 3,260 residents.

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Wood working shop located in Makerspace

What is a Makerspace?  Same question we had when hearing about it for the first time from Al Heuton, Executive Director of Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC).  If you haven’t paid a visit to the lab at the south end of the Innovation Center in the Research Park in Brookings, SD, yo

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Photo inside SDEC campus

The South Dakota Education Campus (SDEC)  located in Brookings, SD is filling a critical need for the workforce in Brookings County.  SDEC provides  a high performing learning center to lead the provision of education and training services that support varied learning goals, professionally and pe

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Cooper Family

Jeffery and Chelsey Cooper were in search of a way to save their family home. With the downturn of the oil field, Jeffery was laid off and they were forced to put their home on the market.

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Black Tooth Brewing

Black Tooth Brewing Company was founded in November of 2009 by four businessmen from Sheridan. With no other brewpubs in the area, the principals of Black Tooth Brewing pursued what they felt would be a successful venture in Sheridan.

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Niobrara Valley Hospital

Niobrara Valley Hospital (NVH) is a 20 bed critical access hospital located in Lynch, NE. The hospital, which is run by Niobrara Valley Hospital Corporation and their directors, have been serving the communities of Boyd County since 1971.

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People visiting inside building

USDA Rural Development and the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate (SWO) of the Lake Traverse Reservation have a unique relationship.  They have been working together to expand economic opportunities for over two decades.  USDA’s initiatives, a welcoming spirit of collaboration, and forward thinking - combin

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Mary Goodman's Home Cimarron, NM

The morning of January 20th, 2017 in Cimarron, New Mexico was a cold one.  The temperature dipped to a chilly 26° degrees*.  And, even though it was cold outside it was nice and warm inside of Rosemary Goodman’s home –just the way she likes it.

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Silver Leaf Farm Produce

“Silver Leaf Family Farms in Corrales, NM is growing in more ways than one,” said USDA Rural Development Acting State Director Eric Vigil.

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