Grants Boost S.D. Job-Training, Policy Efforts (12/21/11)

Two South Dakota organizations will receive funding from a Minnesota-based foundation for job training, public policy education and promotion of asset-building among low-income families.  The Rural Learning Center of Howard...more

Uncommon Innovation (12/9/11)

A South Dakota community is tapping into its wind-swept past to blaze a trail toward a high-tech future.  The federal EPA has even taken notice, naming Maroney Commons as one of the greenest buildings in the country...more

EPA Announces Smart Growth Achievement Award Winners (12/5/11)

Howard, South Dakota:  Rural Smart Growth Award - This town, smaller than many city high schools, revitalized its downtown and created new jobs and economic opportunities by building Maroney Commons...more

Week in Review:  The Best and Worst (12/4/11)

Cheers to the Miner County Development Corporation and the Rural Learning Center in Howard for recently being awarded the 2011 National Smart Growth Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency...more

Rural Learning Center Receives National EPA Award (12/3/11)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (or EPA) has recognized Miner County Development Corporation and the Rural Learning Center in Howard with the 2011 National Smart Growth Award...more

Johnson Congratulates Rural Learning Center on EPA Award (12/1/11)

U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) today congratulated the Rural Learning Center (RLC) in Howard on receiving the National Award for Smart Growth Achievement from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...more

Howard's Rural Learning Center Wins National Award (12/1/11)

The Miner County Development Corporation and the Rural Learning Center in Howard were awarded a 2011 National Smart Growth Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday...more

The Best Smart Growth Projects in America (12/1/11)

The winner in the rural category comes from Howard, South Dakota, population 850.  Maroney Commons is a mixed-use, LEED-platinum-certified complex and "rural learning center" containing a hotel, a conference center...more

Maroney Commons - 2011 Rural Smart Growth Award from EPA (12/1/11)

Through the National Award for Smart Growth Achievement, EPA recognizes communities that use innovative policies and strategies to strengthen housing and transportation choices, develop ways that bring benefits to the residents, and protect the environment...more

Black Friday to Boost Local Shopping (11/17/11)

Penner said the event is being modeled after a story she came across from Miner County, S.D., where a group of [high school] students discovered that if the residents invested 10 percent more of their dollars back into the community, they would boost the local economy by $7 million...more

Callies Named Interim President for Howard Rural Learning Center (11/9/11)

Kathy Callies has taken over as interim president of the Rural Learning Center in Howard.  Callies, who has been vice president of advancement for he RLC, announced to Howard City Commissioners on Monday that RLC President Joe Bartmann turned in his resignation effective immediately...more

Ag Official's Summer Job Grew into Career with Government (9/26/11)

The most interesting project that I have worked on lately would be the Rural Learning Center in Howard.  The project required  a large financing package with many partners involved.  It is a unique facility in South Dakota...more

Internship:  Learn Branding Marketing & Social Media (9/19/11)

Rural Learning Center is seeking one part-time paid intern for the remainder of the Fall 2011 semester and/or holiday break to assist with Maroney Commons branding, community marketing, blogging, social media, advertising, and other special projects...more

What a Difference Rural Development Can Make (8/29/11)

Wrapping up the week, the Under Secretary attended the grand opening of the Maroney Rural Learning Center in Howard with South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson...more

Rural Learning Center Celebrates Grand Opening of Maroney Commons in Howard, SD (8/22/11)

It was a red-letter day for rural communities on August 18 as the Maroney Commons celebrated their grand opening on main street of Howard, South Dakota.  Over 500 individuals, including U.S. Senator Tim Johnson, attended the event to "Celebrate the Power of Partnerships"....more

Rural Learning Center Opens in Howard (8/20/11)

A $6.5 million rural learning center has opened in the small eastern South Dakota community of Howard.  The Daily Republic reports that the Maroney Rural Learning Center has a hotel, restaurant and conference rooms...more

Rural Learning Center Opens in Small SD Town (8/19/11)

A $6.5 million rural learning center has opened in the small eastern South Dakota community of Howard.  The Daily Republic reports (http://bit.ly/qbmiab) that the Maroney Rural Learning Center has a hotel, restaurant and conference rooms where training will be conducted on the subject of rural revitalization....more

$6.5M Center Opened in Howard, Will Be Training Site for Rural Revitalization (8/19/11)

Residents of Howard not only witnessed a 15-year dream come true Thursday, they also learned of a few new surprises for the Maroney Rural Learning Center.  Thursday marked the grand opening of Maroney Commons....more

Rural Center Hopes to Bring Development, Jobs to Rural SD Town (8/18/11)

It's a first of its kind facility and it's right here in South Dakota.  The Maroney Rural Learning Center opens its doors in Howard today, with a center and staff that are dedicated to making life better for people in rural communities...more

USDA Official:  Ag Economy is Sound but Rural Communities Need Boost (8/18/11)

The nation's agricultural economy is sound but many rural communities are not reaping the benefits, said Dallas Tonsager, undersecretary for rural development with the U.S. Department of Agriculture...more

Johnson Celebrates Rural Learning Center Expansion (8/18/11)

U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) today applauded the work being done to promote rural economic development during a speech at the grand opening of a conference and training center at the Rural Learning Center...more

Rural U.S. May Hold Key to Recovery (8/18/11)

Rural America could help lead the economy out of its slump, a South Dakota native who works for the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday.  Dallas Tonsager, USDA undersecretary for rural development, said in his 40 years as a farmer, he's never seen the agriculture sector as strong as it is now...more

Howard Hotel, Conference Center Grand Opening Set (8/16/11)

Thursday's open house for the Maroney Rural Learning Center will be a celebration filled with special announcements and thanks.  The Maroney Rural Learning Center of Howard will officially open its doors to the public on Thursday...more

 

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