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Tuesday, January 17, 2017 10:23 pm
By Shauna Marlette, Yankton Press
“What do you celebrate about downtown Yankton?”
With that simple question, the design:SD Project Downtown Yankton began on Tuesday.
According to Joe Bartmann, the vice president of Programs for Dakota Resources and facilitator of Tuesday’s listening events, the project is focused on helping small rural towns like Yankton shape their future through design.
“Today is really where we press ‘go’ for this whole process,” he said. “These are really small group conversations where we are bringing together different groups of people who have some kind of affinity. We have had a group with human resource directors; we had a group of realtors this morning.”
Dakota Resources is a non-profit based in Renner that works with small communities that want to create a better future and make the place where they … Read More »
Kelsey Doom may be the only Economic Development Coordinator around with a zoology degree. But instead of pursuing a career as a veterinarian, she took a little side path that led to a full blown passion.
“I didn’t get into vet school right away, so I came home to Wagner for a few months to figure things out,” she said. “My plan was to apply to vet school again, but in the meantime, I took a job with an insurance company and volunteered with the local Home Address effort. I started putting together a grant and helped bring in some local investors. I got a high off writing that first grant and just fell in love with this kind of work. It was pretty much game over for vet school.”
After her work with Home Address, Kelsey got a taste of Read More »
Sometimes, confidence is everything.
That was the case with Nate Welch, who claims the confidence he gained by working with Dakota Resources helped in his ability to problem solve and dream for the Vermillion community.
“We had a plan for a seventy lot housing development that wasn’t quite working out,” he admits. “I had some great professional and frank discussions with Dick and Jay, who had been a part of the project through Dakota Resource’s Capital Investment Fund. Thanks in part to their support and belief in us, the Vermillion Chamber and Development Company was able to take another look at the project from a different perspective. In the end, we were able to accelerate the project and come up with more forward-thinking solutions.”
That experience is just one reason Nate is grateful to have Dakota Resources on his side. While he appreciates … Read More »
“My first Home Address meeting, I found myself sitting in a circle looking at a rock,” laughs Cathy Evans, Executive Director of the Lemmon Housing Authority.
“I was very intimidated and uncomfortable. I am a back row, last chair kind of person. So sitting in a circle talking to a group was hard. But, by the third meeting I was totally comfortable. Now I conduct all my own meetings in a circle!”
Cathy began her journey with Home Address in 2012, and while she admits to initial fears, she now realizes that being pushed out of her comfort zone was a path to her personal growth.
“Each time I met with the Home Address group, I found we all had an equal voice and no idea was a bad idea,” she says. “I met wonderful people from other communities that have the … Read More »
Becoming a Community Leader
They call him “The Instigator.”
It’s a title Brian Spitzer never imagined for himself, but after four years as a Resource Team member with Dakota Rising, he is proud to be a positive influence on his hometown of Hot Springs.
“I’ll admit I was skeptical at first,” he says. “It was hard to fathom how it would all work. As time went on it became apparent that Dakota Resources DOES work. It isn’t just a bunch of people talking, it is a bunch of people connecting and making things happen.”
Brian grew up in Hot Springs and has been the owner of Spitzer Construction for twenty-two years. As a local businessman, he figured “people knew me and that was good enough.” It wasn’t until he was invited to a Dakota Rising meeting in 2012 that he began to realize his … Read More »