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(August 02 , 2012)
South Dakota - SET for Regional Planning

South Dakota has been awarded two regional training opportunities through the Stronger Economies Together (SET) initiative. USDA Rural Development (USDA RD), the nation's four Regional Rural Development Centers and South Dakota State University Extension are collaborating for this initiative.

South Dakota is currently the only upper Midwestern state that is part of the SET Process. The two South Dakota regions comprised of nine counties total are separated geographically and by different challenges and opportunities. The region located in the western part of the state has an estimated total population of fewer than 7,000, 20.4 percent of persons below poverty and have an average of one person per square mile. It is home in part to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and Badlands National Park.