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South Dakota Community Needs

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Every few years, GROW South Dakota conducts a survey of South Dakota residents to help it understand how citizens view their state and how GROW SD might contribute through its programs and services. We are still collecting responses for our 2016 Needs Assessment Survey, but it may be interesting to take a look at some of the results found so far.

Looking at their communities, respondents rated the need for a variety of types of programs, products, and services. The following were ranked as the greatest needs by combining ratings as high or moderate needs.

  • Business counseling/training
  • Business loan to start or expand business
  • Financial coaching-manage money or repair credit
  • Home loans
  • Home improvements
  • Homeownership education
  • Rental housing or rental assistance
  • Weatherization upgrades

Despite identifying needs in their communities, respondents still appreciate their hometowns, as more than 80% agreed with the statements that their community is “A Safe Place to Live” and “A Friendly Place to Live.”

GROW SD receives high marks as well. More than 80% believe GROW SD programs and services improve the lives of individuals, families and communities. Of those who received assistance from GROW SD, nearly three-quarters said their day-to-day living was better or significantly better as a result.

A quick look at the makeup of respondents so far shows the following:

  • 61% are female
  • 41.6% are ages 40-59—about 20% each are in the decade on either side of that age group
  • 60% had incomes at $50,000 or below, which is about the median income for the state
  • 90% are homeowners

Complete survey results will be reported later in 2016. To participate in the survey visit

Category: GROW SD

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The GROW South Dakota Organizations Have had a Remarkable Few Years!

NESDEC celebrated 40 years in 2018, making over 2,000 business loans worth more than $71 million that created or maintained over 12,400 jobs.

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