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Lincoln and Minnehaha counties plan for the future

Blog, News & Events on July 13th. Comments Off on Lincoln and Minnehaha counties plan for the future

Sometimes, a move forward requires a step back.

That’s exactly what Nick Fosheim, Executive Director of the Lincoln and Minnehaha County Economic Development Associations, decided to do in 2016.

“We have been a regional economic development collaborative for about fifteen communities around Sioux Falls for twenty-five years,” says Nick. “Many things have changed since we started, and we decided it was time to take stock of where we’ve been and where we want to go. We wanted some clear perspective, and that’s what Dakota Resources helped provide.”

Nick knew about the value of Dakota Resources because of his previous employment with economic development in Webster and their involvement in Dakota Rising.

“I respected the process and their ability to engage a community,” he says. “We decided to partner with Dakota Resources through Empower! Dakota in an effort to build a strategic plan for Lincoln and Minnehaha counties.”

The Lincoln … Read More »


RuralX17 Has People Coming Back For More

Blog, News & Events on June 22nd. Comments Off on RuralX17 Has People Coming Back For More

Margot Gillette attended the RuralX Summit last summer and couldn’t wait to go back. In fact, the Economic Development Director for Beadle and Spink Enterprise Community (BASEC) is on a mission to recruit more people to attend from her community, starting with the BASEC Board of Directors.

“Last year’s RuralX was a great experience. BASEC’s staff was able to attend several sessions that directly impact our work in our small communities. I was able to talk with small town developers from all over the state about their work as well as talk with individuals representing some of South Dakota’s larger industries – agriculture, banking and health care.  Based on last year’s experience I couldn’t wait to get signed up again,” she says.

Margot grew up in Redfield but moved away to attend college and law school. She practiced law in Colorado before moving … Read More »


Registration is Open for RuralX17

Blog, News & Events on May 17th. Comments Off on Registration is Open for RuralX17

Get Your Tickets Early!

Registration is now open for RuralX17! Early bird pricing is available until June 23, so be sure to take advantage of the ticket savings and get it on your calendar now. RuralX17 will be held July 18-19, 2017 at the Dakota Events Center in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Our website is full of event information about this year’s dynamic speakers, the event schedule and our Better Block Party evening social.

What They Said…

Last year’s inaugural RuralX Summit brought people together from across the region to share innovative ideas, learn about rural resources and network like never before. Here are just a few of the great things they said about the event:


Troy McQuillen, Owner McQuillen Creative and former Dakota Rising Fellow, Aberdeen

As a former Dakota Rising Fellow, I am really interested in youth and … Read More »


Building Something Better in Tripp County

Blog, News & Events on January 18th. Comments Off on Building Something Better in Tripp County

Story by Carey Grosdidier, Freelance Writer

When guest speaker Emily Pilloton came to RuralX last summer, she opened the gathering with stories of Studio H, an innovative program she launched in California that integrates design skills and building projects into high school classrooms. Emily closed her conversation by saying, “Everyone has it in them to start something—whether it’s a business, a Bible study or a book club. Just start something. The rewards are worth the risk.”

Karla Brozik, Executive Director of the Winner Area Chamber of Commerce and the South Central Development Corporation, took those words to heart. Inspired by Emily’s words and the work being done through Studio H, Karla wondered if something similar to Emily’s program was possible in Winner.

“Students in Winner don’t go to school on Fridays, so I thought a program similar to Studio H might give kids … Read More »


Dakota Resources Receives $10 MM Loan as USDA Launches Re-lending Program

News & Events on December 22nd. Comments Off on Dakota Resources Receives $10 MM Loan as USDA Launches Re-lending Program

Renner, SD – U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Acting State Director Bruce Jones announced that Dakota Resources will receive a Community Facility Direct Re-lending Program loan in the amount of $10 million for relending in South Dakota rural communities.  USDA Rural Development Tim Potts was in Renner to recognize each of them on Jones’ behalf.

“The long standing partnership USDA has with Dakota Resources represents the immense value of the organization and the vital role they have in supporting our rural South Dakota communities,” said Jones.  “This funding will enable both organizations to bolster opportunity to our communities through relending, thereby supporting essential community facilities that South Dakotan’s rely on.”

As a re-lender, Dakota Resources will loan funds to applicants primarily for projects in or serving high poverty areas or persistent poverty counties eligible under the Community Facility Loan program.

Eligible … Read More »


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Sometimes, a move forward requires a step back.

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