Help Langford, SD win a $25,000 grant

You can help the community of Langford, SD win a $25,000 Neighborhood Assist Grant from State Farm! The funds will help establish The Front Porch, a unique gathering spot where community members and visitors can gather together for social, business and family connections. Visit facebook.com/LangfordFrontPorch to cast your vote today!

Community Development Need

With a population of 318, Langford has been slowly losing Main Street storefronts for the past two decades. Although dilapidated buildings and empty lots dot the downtown area, the residents are proud of the businesses that serve local needs. Several years ago, a group of residents with a vision gathered together to discuss the decline and find ways to reverse the trend. They came up with the Langford Main Street Center – a project that is reviving the town and community spirit.

Locally funded and constructed, the center is a 5,000 square-foot structure that will include a hair salon, two office spaces and a restaurant and sports bar. It is owned by the community, managed by a local board of directors and financed by local investors. Nearing completion, the center’s trickle-down effect is already being realized as the city is seeing new housing construction and other business opportunities are being planned.

Grant Funding

According to project officials, the grant funding from State Farm will be used to help create an atmosphere that reflects local pride and shares the story of Langford and its history. The group hopes to create signage, logos, framed historic photos, local art and decor that is reflective of the community’s 130-year history and success.  The money will help Langford Main Street Center “create a unique gathering spot that welcomes customers and recognizes our citizen’s talents and accomplishments, great pioneer history, and tells the story of our existence as a rural community.”

Lasting Impact

The spirit and theme of “Hard Work Together” is woven deeply within the community and this community project. Residents believe the momentum created by this project and within local residents has spurred potential for new growth and a change in mindsets and actions. In fact, they believe surrounding communities have already begun to take notice what Langford can achieve.

State Farm Neighborhood Assist

The State Farm Neighborhood Assist program will award forty causes grants of $25,000 each. Voting is open and determines where the money is allocated. People can vote up to 10 times per day through June 3 using their Facebook account. Links to the voting site are available HERE or on the Front Porch Facebook page, facebook.com/LangfordFrontPorch.

The Front Porch construction progress in April of 2015.

The Front Porch construction progress in April of 2015. Photo courtesy The Front Porch.

In case you missed it: Living like family in Langford

In July, the city of Langford, SD was the featured community on the rural revival blog, Dakotafire. “Living like family in Langford” details the city’s “small-town feeling,” community spirit, traditions, support for local youth, growing need for housing, and more.

For the full post, click HERE.

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Dakotafire is a new journalism project that pools the resources of community newspapers and rural experts to report on issues of importance to rural communities in the James River watershed area of North and South Dakota.

The “common voice” of Dakotafire is intended to help all the people of the region, which is similar in topography and population demographics but stretches over 22,000 square miles and crosses a state border, see one another as allies in facing common challenges and opportunities. The information Dakotafire provides is designed to spark discussion, to challenge conventional thinking and to get people to consider alternative possibilities. Dakotafire.net as well as its presence on Facebook and Twitter will serve as a conversation space for the region’s people.

On Twitter: @Dakotafiremedia

Photo by Troy McQuillen