HIGHMORE, SD – Today, PorchLight and Highmore PorchLight advocacy team announced that the community of Highmore, SD has received provisional PorchLight Certification. 

“Highmore is set to be the first PorchLight Certified community, and we are so excited to promote Highmore to job-seekers everywhere,” said PorchLight CEO Jessica Meyers. “PorchLight certification demonstrates that Highmore is prepared and excited to welcome 21-century workers.”

“It is important to have this certification,” said Beth Simonson. “We have been working hard to make changes in Highmore, and this is just one more addition.  We are a great community, and we need to share our story any way possible. Maybe this will help us grow our future.”

A PorchLight Certified community is prepared and excited to welcome families who want to work big and live small. Moving to a PorchLight community, new residents will be greeted by a welcome committee excited to help them settle into a community where they can be confident they will have access to high-speed internet and their family will have opportunities to thrive. Every rural community is unique. To learn what makes a specific PorchLight Certified community special, jobseekers can visit a community’s profile on porchlight-services.com. Highmore’s profile is accessible at porchlight-services.com/highmore-community.

Highmore’s certification will become official upon the completion of an action plan established by community members  with the following objectives:

  • Basic Need: Have a once per month winter activity for the community to enjoy. 
  • Amenity: Establish a pumpkin patch for community members.
  • Amenity: Highmore will hold its first annual “Highmore Sunflower Festival” in August 2024.
  • Technology: The City of Highmore will have seasonal public wifi accessibility.
  • Technology: School and community websites will be updated with photos, materials, and calendar events.
  • Community Engagement: Scholarship dollars will be awarded and disseminated to Highmore High School graduates.
  • Community Engagement: The Highmore Community Foundation will begin seeking funds to grow the endowment.
  • Community Engagement: Career day for local job opportunities for high school students (sophomore-senior) will be restarted.

PorchLight Certification positions communities with a population under 5,000 to attract and retain 21st-century workers. Certification demonstrates that a community has the basic services, amenities, physical components, and community support for new-arriving workers and families to thrive. In addition, PorchLight Certified communities get access to the PorchLight resource network, free posts to the PorchLight job board, digital spotlights, and discounted talent recruitment services from PorchLight.