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RuralX sponsor Ballinger Leafblad believes in leadership development

Blog, News & Events on June 20th. Comments Off on RuralX sponsor Ballinger Leafblad believes in leadership development

When Dakota Resources conducted a national search to help in the recruitment of a new President, they turned to executive search firm Ballinger Leafblad.

Ballinger Leafblad is located in St. Paul and partners with civic organizations across the Midwest, particularly northern Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. Their deep knowledge of this region, combined with their ability to scout qualified candidates from all over the nation, makes them a great fit for higher education institutions, foundations, non-profits and other civic-minded organizations.

“We often find that rural communities just don’t have the connections needed to help find exceptional candidates for these vital leadership positions. We can help introduce them to new networks, tell their stories and spread the word about great rural leadership opportunities,” says Marcia Ballinger, Co-Founder of Ballinger Leafblad. “We talk to talented people all over the world, and it … 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 »


What’s the Secret Ingredient to a Winning Community

Blog, News & Events on April 4th. Comments Off on What’s the Secret Ingredient to a Winning Community

Blogpost by Paula Jensen

The Langford Area High School boys’ basketball team recently made it to the State B tournament for the fifth time in the past six years. As I travel across South Dakota for my job people ask me, “How can Langford (being such a small school) continue producing winning teams year-after-year?” My answer is always, the same – it’s because of the coaches. Successful coaches realize that winning teams are not run by one individual who dominates and reduces the rest of the group to mere followers. Winning teams are more like open forums in which everyone participates in the decision-making process, coaches and players alike, until the decision is made. Then, once a decision is made, the team is motivated to move ahead and execute it.

This winning team scenario had me thinking about the community … 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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