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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 »


Getting the Right People on the Bus

Blog, From the President, News & Events on May 30th. Comments Off on Getting the Right People on the Bus

“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 »


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