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Let the kids have a seat at the big table!

Blog, News & Events on August 24th. Comments Off on Let the kids have a seat at the big table!

Reasons to have teenagers on board

Author – Katy Kassian, Creator, Designer, Owner at Buffalo Gals Mercantile in Reagan, North Dakota

There are a multitude of reasons WHY a community should have teenagers participating on the boards and councils.

1) According to a University of Nebraska national survey of rural youths, 50% (that’s right folks! FIFTY PERCENT) WANT to return to their communities in the future. That’s a fabulous number! Now what are YOU going to do with that information?  What is your community to have to offer these returning ‘youngsters’ down the road? Jobs? Things to do? Places to hang out? WI-FI hot spots? Entertainment for new families? Buildings to start businesses in?
I would bet if you asked these youngsters what they would want to have, you would be surprised by their answers. If you let them, they will help … Read More »


When “Economic Developers” Clash With “Economic Development”

Blog, News & Events on August 19th. Comments Off on When “Economic Developers” Clash With “Economic Development”

Dakota Resources, “Your Town”, And The Tremors Of Indifference

Take a moment to think about your family. If you had to try, what is the economic value of your family in relation to your community? While we think of the quantifiable — money spent, money earned — what about the social value of their presence and involvement? How do we quantify cohesion in communities, the mere act of wanting to be there – of choosing to participate, live, and invest in a sense of “place”?

This week I had the good fortune to participate in two catalytic events in the formation and ongoing crafting of South Dakota economic and community development. The first, a 2-day event titled “RuralX” in Aberdeen – led by Dakota Resources, a rural community development agency working in South Dakota. The second, a court date at one of … Read More »


SD ranks #1 for business climate in US

Blog, News & Events on October 23rd. Comments Off on SD ranks #1 for business climate in US

According to “”Enterprising States: States Innovate,” a report published by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, South Dakota ranks #1 in the United States for business climate and #4 for talent pipeline. The study analyzed the 50 states through six lenses: economic performance, transportation and trade, innovation and entrepreneurship, business climate, talent pipeline and high-tech performance.

The Foundation attributed South Dakota’s high rankings to the innovative programs South Dakota boasts, which included Dakota Rising, a program of Dakota Resources:

Dakota Rising is a South Dakota–based rural entrepreneurship support program operating in communities throughout the state. Created by Dakota Resources, an economic and community development agency backed by private and public investment, Dakota Rising offers fellowships to promising rural entrepreneurs, with a three-year program of support and mentorship tailored to help them move their new, profitable business to the “next level of growth.

In addition to Dakota … Read More »


Dakota Rising Honors Rural Entrepreneurs & Communities

Blog, News & Events on October 6th. Comments Off on Dakota Rising Honors Rural Entrepreneurs & Communities

This year’s Dakota Rising Entrepreneur Conference celebrated eight new entrepreneurs entering the Dakota Rising program, eight successful business owners from the 2012 class of Dakota Rising Fellows who were graduated from the program, a new inductee into the Dakota Rising Hall of Fame and a Community Site that was recognized for its ongoing innovation. Dakota Rising was launched in 2008 by Dakota Resources and has since mentored over 50 rural entrepreneurs who have accelerated their business growth and have taken advantage of the insight, ideas and experience of other Fellows and seasoned business owners from across the region.

The 2015 Dakota Rising Conference was held October 1st – 3rd at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. The Dakota Rising Community and its guests welcomed this year’s newly-selected Entrepreneur Fellows: Barb Pechous, Taboma Publishing, and Cheryl Swatek, The Cake Lady, both from Southern … Read More »


SD Business Leaders Join Dakota Resources Board

Blog, News & Events on December 30th. Comments Off on SD Business Leaders Join Dakota Resources Board

Representatives of the banking and manufacturing industries have been added to the 2015 Dakota Resources Board of Directors. The new Directors each bring to the organization a wealth of experience and dedication to rural economic development. Joining the board in January 1st are:

Kory Anderson, President of Anderson Industries, based in Aberdeen. Anderson is a native of Andover, SD where he began his first manufacturing company. He is now the owner of 3 manufacturing companies with 6 locations across North Dakota and South Dakota. Anderson was in the first Dakota Rising Fellowship class of 2009 and is now an active Alum of the program.

Justin Gray, Business Banking Manager for Wells Fargo Bank. Justin is responsible for Ag and Business Banking for Wells Fargo’s Business and Ag Banking operations in Watertown, Brookings, Huron, Madison, Milbank, Dell Rapids, and Marshall, MN. With more … Read More »


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Let the kids have a seat at the big table!
Reasons to have teenagers on board

Author – Katy Kassian, Creator, Designer, Owner at Buffalo Gals Mercantile in Reagan, North Dakota

There are a...

When “Economic Developers” Clash With “Economic Development”

Dakota Resources, “Your Town”, And The Tremors Of Indifference Take a moment to think about your family. If you had to try, what is the...

Does your community have an “affordable housing” problem?

By Mike Knutson, President at MAK(e) Strategies and Dakota Resources Community Coach

I sat down at a coffee shop the other day and overheard two...