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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 »


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 »


Past RuralX Speakers Continue to Make an Impact

Blog, News & Events on April 22nd. Comments Off on Past RuralX Speakers Continue to Make an Impact

Each year, ruralX organizers comb the country looking for dynamic keynote speakers to help motivate rural change makers attending the two-day event. Past speakers set the bar high, as evidenced by their continued impact on rural communities across South Dakota.

Towns like Miller, Wall, Wagner, Kimball, Tripp and Redfield have taken what they’ve learned from ruralX and moved forward with action.

A few rural leaders were so inspired by last year’s keynote speakers that they invited them back to give presentations in their own communities.

In fact, the idea for a Better Block project in Aberdeen was sparked by ruralX speaker Jason Roberts, who was asked to help launch the effort in the Aberdeen community last November. He spoke at a public event and will be returning on May 11th to officially kick off the project.

Jason Roberts was also asked to give a … Read More »


Dakota Resources Announces New President After Nationwide Search

Blog, News & Events on April 9th. Comments Off on Dakota Resources Announces New President After Nationwide Search

After a thorough executive search, Dakota Resources announces that Joe Bartmann has been named President of the non-profit organization. Dakota Resources is a widely recognized leader in rural economic and community development, based in Renner, South Dakota.

“I believe right now is the time for rural communities to be bold, to be visionary and to be more than we ever thought possible,” says Joe. “More than ever, I’m committed to helping local people do the best work of their lives for their rural communities.”

Bartmann was recommended for the position by executive search firm Ballinger|Leafblad, Inc., who reached out to potential applicants across the Midwest and the nation. After an extensive selection process, the firm’s recommendation was approved by the Dakota Resources Board of Directors in late March, and Joe’s appointment became effective April 1.

Bartmann’s experience includes three years as … Read More »


Joe Bartmann is Selected as a BALLE Local Economy Fellow

Blog on March 26th. Comments Off on Joe Bartmann is Selected as a BALLE Local Economy Fellow

Dakota Resources is pleased to share that Joe Bartmann, Vice President of Community Innovation, has been selected to the fifth cohort of BALLE Local Economy Fellows. These 25 systems entrepreneurs and ecosystem builders are pushing the boundaries of economic change and championing locally-based, regenerative rural enterprise. They are visionaries, innovators, and strategic connectors who are supporting and strengthening thousands of small businesses across the U.S. and Canada.

“I’m really honored to be representing the rural leaders and changemakers from here in our region as part of this new BALLE class of Local Economy Fellows,” said Joe Bartmann. “It’s an amazing learning and networking opportunity, and I’m excited to share with leaders across South Dakota some powerful ideas and connections I gain through this experience.”

The BALLE Local Economy Fellowship is a completely unique immersive two-year experience that equips local economy innovators with … Read More »


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