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Dakota Resources Joins Forces with South Dakota Gives on November 27

Blog, News & Events on November 20th. Comments Off on Dakota Resources Joins Forces with South Dakota Gives on November 27

If you have ever wanted to give back to an organization that has touched your life, changed your heart, opened your eyes or created new opportunities, November 27th is your day.

This date has been marked as the South Dakota Day of Giving, and it’s bringing hundreds of nonprofits together to raise awareness as well as donations for 501(c)(3) organizations across South Dakota. Dakota Resources, a nonprofit rural economic and community development organization, is one of nearly 300 participating nonprofits taking part in this first-ever Day of Giving.

“The South Dakota Day of Giving is a fun way to focus on philanthropy and what it means to give back,” says Joe Bartmann, President of Dakota Resources. “Dakota Resources wanted to support these efforts and give people who believe in what we do a way to show their support. This is a day … Read More »


Dakota Resources Launches New Mission Statement

Blog, News & Events on November 19th. Comments Off on Dakota Resources Launches New Mission Statement

Mission Statement: Connecting capacity and capital to empower rural communities.

Some of South Dakota’s most influential rural community leaders recently came together to participate in a strategy planning retreat for Dakota Resources, a non-profit rural community and economic development organization working to help small towns thrive.

The three-day retreat brought Dakota Resources community coaches and staff together with the Board of Directors to map out a plan for the future, including the creation of new mission statement that encapsulates the spirit of Dakota Resources: Connecting capacity and capital to empower rural communities.

“Each word was carefully chosen by the Board to drive the vision of Dakota Resources,” explains Joe Bartmann, President of Dakota Resources. “We are first and foremost connectors, we connect rural people to each other and to valuable resources. We also help build local capacity by providing the capital needed to … Read More »


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 »


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