This October, Dakota Resources is hosting a gathering unlike any other. In addition to celebrating our successful Dakota Rising initiative and our Dakota Rising Fellows, we are inviting our entire network of Dakota Resources communities to join us in celebrating, learning and sharing a common vision of rural leadership, community growth and business expansion at our annual Dakota Rising gathering in Spearfish, South Dakota. Please join us October 6-8 by registering here.
The Dakota Rising Gala
The Dakota Rising Gala on Saturday night is a fun and exciting evening that reveals our next Dakota Rising Fellows, congratulates our current Fellows and honors our Alumni. You are welcome to join us for this highly anticipated event even if you did not attend the rest of the Dakota Rising gathering. Please register here.
Gala Keynote Scott Stern
Our keynote speaker, Scott Stern, is the recently appointed Commissioner of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, as well as a Dakota Rising mentor. Scott is from Freeman, South Dakota, where he was vice president and general manager of his family’s company, Stern Oil, before taking a position with Petro-Canada America as a district sales manager. He also served twice on the city council and was involved in the leadership of the Freeman Chamber of Commerce and Freeman Economic Development Corporation.
Meet Our Graduating Fellows
Dakota Rising Fellows are rural entrepreneurs chosen for their passion, tenacity, professionalism and commitment to community. After successful three years in the Dakota Rising Fellowship program, we are proud to graduate an amazing group of change makers who are truly making a difference for rural South Dakota.