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RuralX will connect small towns

Blog, News & Events on May 15th. Comments Off on RuralX will connect small towns

Connecting small towns with big ideas during two-day event in Mitchell

This June, Dakota Resources and Dakota Wesleyan University are partnering to bring ruralX to Mitchell for a two-day economic and community development event. RuralX is designed to bring rural champions together from across the region together to discover and share new ideas, tools and processes for rural development.

While this is the third year ruralX will be held in South Dakota, it is the first year the event will be located at DWU.

“We are excited to bring RuralX to our campus and to partner with Dakota Resources,” says Fredel Thomas, Dean of Admissions and Marketing at DWU. “We are a rural university, with unique offerings like our Rural Nursing Initiative and our Rural Pastor Project. We have a passion for rural that is echoed in the mission and values of Dakota … Read More »


Community engagement night showcases Hot Springs

Blog, News & Events on May 4th. Comments Off on Community engagement night showcases Hot Springs

Hot Springs Star | Isaac Zarecki | May 2, 2018

Three years of process, development and improvement was recognized last Tuesday evening in the Mueller Center Gymnasium. The Hot Springs Community Engagement hosted an annual report on community projects and initiatives, with almost 100 people in attendance

Read the Hot Springs Report of Accomplishments here

In May of 2015, Hot Springs partnered with Dakota Resources community coach, Kristi Wagner, and launched the community engagement process with the purpose of, “unifying Hot Springs for a sustainable future.”

For the rest of 2015 was filled with listening sessions. In total, over 700 people participated. In January of 2016 five key initiatives were born: housing, business and economic development, health and wellness, recreation and tourism.

At the event Tuesday, each initiative team gave a report on their accomplishments over the past couple … Read More »


From rural communities to entrepreneurs, this organization is ready to support growth

Blog, News & Events on May 3rd. Comments Off on From rural communities to entrepreneurs, this organization is ready to support growth

SiouxFalls.Business with Jodi Schwan
May 1, 2018

This piece is presented by the Minnehaha County and Lincoln County Economic Development Associations.

Joe Bartmann believes now is the time for rural communities to be bold.

And, as the new leader of Dakota Resources, he’s willing to help them achieve those visions.

Bartmann has a history of assisting communities of all sizes in economic development efforts and will be especially focused on those in rural South Dakota.

We recently learned more about his organization and how it can assist the communities in Minnehaha and Lincoln counties.

Congratulations on your new role. For those who aren’t familiar with Dakota Resources, what exactly does your organization do?

Thank you very much. We are a nonprofit that empowers rural people to shape their local communities and economies. Together with our partners, we invest in community leaders who are investing in themselves, connecting them … Read More »


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