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Joe Bartmann is Selected as a BALLE Local Economy Fellow

Blog on March 26th. Comments Off on Joe Bartmann is Selected as a BALLE Local Economy Fellow

Dakota Resources is pleased to share that Joe Bartmann, Vice President of Community Innovation, has been selected to the fifth cohort of BALLE Local Economy Fellows. These 25 systems entrepreneurs and ecosystem builders are pushing the boundaries of economic change and championing locally-based, regenerative rural enterprise. They are visionaries, innovators, and strategic connectors who are supporting and strengthening thousands of small businesses across the U.S. and Canada.

“I’m really honored to be representing the rural leaders and changemakers from here in our region as part of this new BALLE class of Local Economy Fellows,” said Joe Bartmann. “It’s an amazing learning and networking opportunity, and I’m excited to share with leaders across South Dakota some powerful ideas and connections I gain through this experience.”

The BALLE Local Economy Fellowship is a completely unique immersive two-year experience that equips local economy innovators with … Read More »


Month Eight | Tripp’s New Level of Community

Blog, News & Events on March 20th. Comments Off on Month Eight | Tripp’s New Level of Community

Eight months after attending their first RuralX, Shawn and Bryan Bietz have helped spark a whole new level of community camaraderie in Tripp.  The couple attended RuralX as a way to help find new resources and information about rural economic and community development. Since then, the community has come together for the better, despite some unexpected challenges.

An example of this community togetherness can be found on the Tripp Action Group (TAG) Facebook page, which was created by Shawn after she returned from RuralX as a “positive space to share ideas, collaborate and implement some great things in our community.” Shawn and Bryan were inspired to start a community group at RuralX. They created a name, a logo and a Facebook page to help launch the group.  Today, the TAG page has 200 followers, which is just a little less than … Read More »


RuralX Inspires Management Training Sessions in Wall

Blog, News & Events on March 20th. Comments Off on RuralX Inspires Management Training Sessions in Wall

Last summer, guests at RuralX were offered the opportunity to create an agenda of rural “hot topics” during a session called OpenX. Kelsey Doom, Wagner’s economic development director, brought up the topic of management training for rural employees.

Cheyenne McGriff, economic development director in Wall, was excited to take part in the session and share ideas.

“It was a conversation I was really interested in for the Wall community,” said Cheyenne. “I had conversations with managers in the past who desired this type of training for their current employees. I wanted to help provide an opportunity to empower community members by providing training and knowledge. Kelsey hosted a great session and I went back to Wall determined to take that conversation a step further.”

Cheyenne reached out to the SDSU Extension office to see if anyone there could provide her with the … Read More »


Grants in Place Applications for SD Rural Teachers Due April 23

Blog, News & Events on March 12th. Comments Off on Grants in Place Applications for SD Rural Teachers Due April 23

South Dakota Grants in Place is a cooperative venture between the Rural Schools Collaborative and Dakota Resources. Grants in Place provides a modest grant to rural teachers so they can engage with their students and community in place-based learning.

The Grants in Place program was implemented in South Dakota by Dakota Resources to connect rural teachers and students to their community through local projects. “Building the connections between rural schools and communities will help us ‘Get Better Together’”, says Mike Knutson, Dakota Resources Learning Network Director.

Jim Beddow, former President of Dakota Wesleyan University and Board Chair for the Rural Schools Collaborative states, “We believe that place-based education gives meaning to learning, strengthens the bonds between school and community, and instills pride in the cultures and histories of rural places and small towns.”

The 2018-19 program will fund five rural place-based learning projects … Read More »


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