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It’s been a great journey, Beth. Twenty years ago you committed yourself to building an organization that felt like family. One that understands the value of making mistakes, embraces a creative spirit and encourages people to invest deeply in one another. You accomplished these goals and so much more. Thank you for being a great leader and a true friend. You are the original change maker.
We asked Dakota Resources staff and friends what they have appreciated most about Beth. Here’s what they had to say:
Her tenacity to believe in people and ideas before they believe in themselves. – Heidi Zeller-Crawford
Her grasp of the unique opportunities a rural state has to offer. – Ruth Christopherson
Her celebration of successes, large and small. – Lin Van Hofwegen
Her ability to take her passion and creativity to create a very successful nationally known business. – Rachael Sherard
Her leadership skills. Beth leads in a manner that makes people WANT to follow! – Misty Cordell
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Renner, SD – Dakota Resources has been awarded a Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) grant in the amount of $214,090 from USDA Rural Development.
This 3-year program will provide financial and technical assistance to the economic development professional staff and local leadership teams from twelve private nonprofit economic development organizations and low-income rural communities in South Dakota, namely: 1) Centerville Development Corporation; 2) De Smet Development Corporation; 3) Eureka Community Development Company; 4) Faulkton Area Development Corporation; 5) Southern Hills Economic Development Corporation; 6) Lemmon Housing & Redevelopment Commission; 7) Grant County Development Corporation; 8) On Hand Development Corporation; 9) Grow Spink, Inc.; 10) Wagner Area Growth, Inc. (Strikeforce Area); 11) Wall Economic Development Corporation; and 12) Webster Area Development Corporation.
USDA makes grants available under the Rural Community … Read More »
Seventy-five rural economic development leaders, entrepreneurs and change makers convened in Watertown on October 5-7 to learn, connect and to celebrate the vitality of South Dakota’s small communities. The “Empower Sessions” event was hosted by Dakota Resources, an organization dedicated to empowering people and enriching communities across rural South Dakota.
In addition to breakout sessions, a panel discussion and motivating keynote speakers, the Empower Sessions included a gathering for Dakota Rising fellows, alumni and finalists competing for the next class of Dakota Rising fellowships. Dakota Rising is a two-year entrepreneur development program that helps rural business owners discover new ways to grow their businesses, themselves and their communities.
The Dakota Rising finalists were one of the highlights on Saturday night during the Dakota Resources Gala. The finalists came from a field of 104 entries.
“We had a flood of applicants for this year’s Dakota … Read More »
RuralX17, a rural economic and community development summit hosted by Dakota Resources and 34 sponsors, brought rural “movers and shakers” from across the Midwest together for two days of motivational learning, idea sharing and networking. The event was held July 18-19 at the Dakota Events Center in Aberdeen and included national and regional speakers, a block party dinner, OpenX break-out sessions and more. Vision sponsors of the event included The Bush Foundation, Horizon Health Care, Inc. and Touchstone Energy Cooperatives through the REED Fund.
RuralX stands for “Rural Experience” and was dedicated to helping connect rural change makers to valuable resources and like-minded people across the Midwest. The summit was inspired last year by Dakota Resources, a statewide organization dedicated to stimulating financial and human investment in communities that are invested themselves.
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“Get the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats.” Jim Collins’ quote from Good to Great is now famous, and powerful in its simplicity and logic. Yet it is not easy to accomplish.
Dakota Resources (formerly South Dakota Rural Enterprise) operated out of my home office for many years with contract administrative support and a contracted credit officer. We started out with the Capital Investment Fund as our only product. We were purely a financial institution making capital available to development organizations in South Dakota. We have become so much more by being responsive to the needs of our market and being willing to take calculated risks to meet those needs. None of it would have been possible without the caliber of the members of our board of directors … Read More »