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In the fall of 2016, a group representing Dakotas America gathered inside Rockyford School’s Cultural Heritage room to listen as teachers told stories of hope for the future of Pine Ridge.
“Principal Monica Whirlwind Horse and her staff took us on a wonderful tour of the school and then brought us together in their Cultural Heritage room, a large circular space filled with artifacts and cultural displays. She told us the meaning behind the buffalo hide in the center of the circle,” explains Lin Van Hofwegen, Managing Director of Dakotas America. “In the past, the buffalo provided everything they needed – food, shelter, warmth. Today, she told us, education is our buffalo.”
Learning more about the projects Dakotas America and its investor partners help finance through the New Markets Tax Credit program is important to the governing board and advisory board … Read More »
Federal community development funding, as measured as a share of GDP, has declined by 75 percent over the least 40 years. Federal policy has increasing relied on private-sector resources to fill the gap. Through the NMTC and CDFI programs, community development organizations are filling the yawning credit gap encountered in many communities, creating jobs improving housing and community facilities and creating economic opportunity. This is especially true in rural America where opportunity to access the capital necessary to build businesses and community services is limited.
On April 11, 2017, Dakotas America hosted the Upper Great Plains Rural Finance Gathering in Harrisburg, South Dakota. In all, there were over 30 attendees representing more than 20 economic development groups from across the region, as well as other areas around the country. The stated purpose of the gathering was for participants to learn from … Read More »
The need to recruit and retain rural practitioners is a huge part of solving our rural healthcare provider shortage.
Dakotas America is working to be a part of that solution.
Thanks in part to the help of Dakotas America, pre-medical students from rural North and South Dakota have another avenue for a high-quality education. The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM), with its three campuses, is one of the most innovative medical colleges in the country, with cutting-edge technology, facilities, and experienced faculty.
Dakotas America attracted private investment through the federal New Markets Tax Credit program to help fund the construction of the newest 16 acre VCOM branch campus located in Auburn, Alabama, which opened for its inaugural class in July 2015. Students accepted into the program are asked to maintain VCOM’s mission of becoming community focused, globally minded osteopathic physicians … Read More »