Centerville Holds First Annual "Celebrate Centerville" Gala Event

An article from the Centerville Journal

Dedication of Local Citizens, Businesses, and Organizations is Why Centerville was Awarded the “Innovative Community of the Year”

“Celebrate Centerville”, a Community Celebration and Gala Event was hosted by the Centerville Development Corporation on Friday, December 14th. The event was held to commemorate the years accomplishments and recognize outstanding individuals and businesses in the community. Other event sponsors were MidAmerican Energy Company, South Dakota Community Foundation and Xcel Energy.

The evening began with a dinner prepared by local Centerville restaurants. Appetizers were prepared by Maria’s, a roast beef dinner was catered by Centerville Steakhouse, and a variety of delicious desserts offered by Goodness to Go.

Jared Hybertson, Centerville Community & Economic Development Director, welcomed nearly 150 community members and business owners to the first Gala, hopefully an annual event.

The Keynote speaker for the evening was Joe Bartmann, president of Dakota Resources. Bartmann asked, “Why do you care about Centerville?” Responses varied from to keep opportunity alive, future of the town, my ancestors settled here, and to make sure that there is a place for our young people in this town.

Bartmann went on to say that small town living may not always be easy. We may be facing fewer people and a smaller economy but, “We can gather all of our visions and start now. We are the Shapers of a new Rural. If we believe in ourselves it will come true.” “Let’s Shape Rural. Together.”

The next portion of the evening was presented by Hybertson, reflecting on the Accomplishments of 2018. The Centerville Development Corporation focuses on 6 key areas: commercial business, housing, community development, recruiting new residents and alumni, quality of life, and grant opportunities.

Highlights of 2018 included:

• Total Stop, Jeff and Jeanine Nielsen - Recipients of the 2018 SD Retailers of the Year

• Shop Local Campaign

• CDC purchased 2 downtown buildings to be taken down for new business opportunities

• CDC sold Centerville Care and Rehab to Caring Professionals

• Maria’s celebrated 1st year Anniversary

• Goodness to Go opening business

• Sales Tax Revenue from 2016-17 to 2017-18 had an 11% growth

• Housing

- purchased a house on Broadway for a Rehab Project, partnering with SD Housing for grants

- Sold the first Spec. Home and building another on State St. which is already sold

- purchased 14 acres of land for future development on south side of Centerville

• Property Tax Growth of apprx. $33,500

• Improvement to the Stan Schmiedt Track & Football Complex - $20,000 raised in the past year

• New Community Mural Downtown

• Welcome Baskets for new residents

• Pool Project raised enough money to reline pool and installed a slip resistant deck

• Tornado Days is growing annually

• A drone was purchased by the Centerville School and CDC

• Hosted a FFA Service Project past summer for community clean up

• First Zombie Fun Run was held as a Track & Field Complex fund-raiser

• 24 new residents in 2018

• School enrollment is the highest since 1999-2000

• 2 Billboards on I-29

• Memorial Bench Project was completed

• Pocket Park renovated with the help of the Centerville Rotary on North end of Broadway

• Major renovations and additions to Peder Larson Park

• Main St. Project updated 4 blocks of storm sewers and then resurfaced those roads

• Grants Award in 2018 to various organizations totaling $432,998.

Looking Forward in 2019:

• Mr. G’s (from Freeman, SD) will be opening a second mechanic shop in Centerville

• Acquired several lots that will have homes built in 2019

• New Welcome Signs, with a large Welcome Sign to be placed by the Track & Football Complex

An interactive visioning session was presented by Paula Jensen, VP of Advancement Dakota Resources. During this session those is attendance had the opportunity to share what they would like to see in Centerville’s future. The common interests were in areas of new businesses, housing, family activities and parks.

The evening concluded with recognizing and celebrating the achievements of Centerville residents and businesses with community awards and check presentations.

Centerville was awarded “Innovative Community of the Year” by Dakota Resources.

This year’s “Centerville Business of the Year” went to Centerville Care and Rehab.

The “Volunteer of the Year “award goes to someone with vision and a passion for the project. Two Volunteer of the Year awards were presented this year, the first to Dr. Brandon Peterson for his work on the Revitalization of the Park and the second to Nutrien AG Solutions, for their work at the ball fields and through out the community.

The “Community & Economic Development Partner of the Year” was awarded to a couple that gives of their time, talents and expertise in so many ways: Aaron and Laura Hybertson.

Check presentations were given to the Centerville Foundation in the amount of $50,000 from the CDC and to the newly founded “Tornado Education Foundation” in the amount of $80,000 for the CDC along with a matching grant of $20,000 from the SD Community Foundation.

A special Thank You went out to Jackie Krebs, Susan Overgaard, Sandy Schryer, Jen Knudson and Mary Ferwerda for putting the evening together.

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