Creating space for people to grow

Who We Are

Growing Small Towns is a regional non-profit that helps small towns in southeast North Dakota be a place people love to call home.

Through collaboration with individuals and organizations, we create space for people to grow. Our innovation lab provides a dynamic and inspiring place to work, launch ideas, and learn. Our programs foster entrepreneurship, celebrate culture, and challenge ways of thinking to help small towns envision a brighter, more hopeful future.

    Why We’re Here

    Growing Small Towns exists because we believe everyone deserves to love their community.  

    The national media would have us believe the future for small towns is bleak and while we know we’ll never compete for population with urban areas, there are other factors that contribute to the health and vitality of a community. 

    We are investing in the future of our home—Logan, McIntosh, LaMoure, Dickey, Ransom, Sargent and Richland counties in SE North Dakota.

    We support the social well-being the people in our service area by giving them a chance to find a place where they belong and allow them to contribute their unique gifts and talents.

    We support the economic growth of our communities by facilitating learning opportunities for workforce development, entrepreneurship, and leadership.

    We help people crack open their minds to creatively problem-solve and approach challenges with fresh ideas and innovative thinking.

    We don’t necessarily need more people; our focus is to better engage and equip the people who already live in our communities. That’s why we created Growing Small Towns—to grow our own.

    Our Guiding Values

    We Grow Our Own

    We focus first on our investment in the people that already call our communities home.

    We Celebrate Differences

    We embrace people from all walks of life and the ideas they bring to the table.

    We Honor the Past

    We know we stand on the shoulders of those that came before us.

    We Try New Things

    We don’t let the fear of failure or making mistakes hold us back from trying.

    We Look Ahead

    By encouraging creativity and fostering innovation, we proactively tackle our community’s challenges.

    We Work Together

    When we collaborate as a region, every small town involved wins.