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Published October 20, 2009, 04:36 PM

Small Town Success Summit Inspires Community Improvement

Change is in the wind. That was the theme today as people from rural areas came together at the Small Town Success Summit in Devils Lake.

By: Renee Chmiel, WDAZ

Change is in the wind.

That was the theme today as people from rural areas came together at the Small Town Success Summit in Devils Lake.

People active in their communities had the chance to learn about accepting change and motivating people in their towns. Whether listening to speakers or participating in round-table discussions, people from small towns in the area came to learn ways to improve meetings, and get involvement from people in their communities.

Jep Enck: "People do not get involved in the community because they don't feel just by showing up they have an equal voice in the room."

Albert Johnson: " I really came here with an open mind and an open agenda, wanting to just be the sponge that soaks up as much as I can so I've been taking a lot of notes."

Participants learned the importance of listening and where a leader sits at a meeting. They had small group discussions, which included wind development, stimulus funding, and women in green and nontraditional jobs.

They talked about change and what that could mean for their community.

Edith Armey: "This year change is our theme because we are seeing so much change in our economy and throughout the world."

Armey says there are four urban areas in North Dakota: Bismarck, Minot, Grand Forks, and Fargo. All other towns, including Devils Lake, are considered small towns. Because so much of North Dakota is rural...there has been a lot of interest in the summit. Participants say what they learned will help them make positive changes in their communities.

Albert Johnson: "I'm hoping that I can take some of these skills, the handouts that they got and distribute those to other people in the community."

The summit may be extended to a 2-day event next year. That depends on feedback from this year's participants.

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