GLAD History

GLAD’s Beginnings:

  • 2002 – Initial discussions for establishing an economic development coordinator.
  • 2003 – Contact with Rural Learning Center (RLC), Dr. Jim Beddow.
    • Entrepreneurial Mapping Marshall, Day, Roberts
  • 2004 – Community Profile for “Greater Marshall County” conducted.
  • 2004 – SDREI Regional Leadership Plenty Course in Eden, SD
  • 2005 – Dr. Jim Beddow and Linda Salmonson hosted 4 meetings.
    • Presented “Greater Marshall County” Community Assets
    • Identified whether communities felt an actual need to hire an economic & community development specialist.
    • Steering Committee formed w/representation from each community involved.
    • GLAD Fundraising
  • 2006 – Formed partnership with NESDCAP & NESDEC
  • Hired part-time Executive Director -shared the staff person with NESDCAP.
  • 2007 - Hired Full time Executive Director - 20% time shared with NESDCAP

GLAD Today:

  • 2008 Programs and Projects –the objectives for the year. (Submitted SD Community Fdn. Grant for projects in Education; Tourism; Business Development (housing); Wind Development (or energy development); and Staffing.
  • Further establishing and developing relationships, administering programs and activities, and cultivating culture of entreprenuership and positive growth of our region.
  • Continue to draw upon communities’ insights, needs, and participation.

Funding Sources:

  • RCDI Grant -$20,000 per year for 3 years. 2007-2009 =Total grant $60,000.
  • 3 Year Commitments - 2006 to 2008
  • Each city contributes $5 dollars per person in their towns toward funding the Executive Director position. The Marshall County Commission contributes office space and $1 per person in the county.
  • GLAD Events: Diva Purse Auction; Celebrity Pheasant Hunt; Wellness Weekend Retreat; & Bachelor Auction, Creating a Value Added community, Paint SD, to name a few.
  • Corporate contributions, community organizations, and other stakeholders.

Glacial Lakes Area Development

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Glacial Lakes Area Development
PO Box 231, 909 S. Main St.
Britton, SD  57430
Phone: (605) 448-0005
Fax: (605) 448-2687
gladsd@venturecomm.net

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