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“We had been thinking about joining the Dakota Resources Learning Network for some time, but the last RuralX confirmed it for us,” says Joan Sacrison, Executive Director of Deuel Area Development. “The high caliber speakers and the energy surrounding the topic of ‘a new rural’ helped our board realize it was the right time to join.”
Deuel Area Development, Inc. joined the Learning Network in July, and while they are just getting their feet wet, they have had a positive experience so far. Deuel County is located in east central South Dakota and includes the communities of Clear Lake, Gary, Toronto, Brandt, Astoria, Altamont, Goodwin and Bemis. Like many rural areas, the communities are challenged by a lack of quality, affordable housing, local employment and residents shopping in nearby larger communities. Through their relationship with Dakota Resources, Deuel Area Development … Read More »
In a nutshell, the Dakota Resources Learning Network is a way for rural community leaders to connect with one another, find valuable resources, make confident decisions and help their communities thrive. Leaders can also turn to experts on topics such as housing, entrepreneurship, community engagement and managing an economic development organization. Dakota Resources brings network members together through:
A vibrant online community with a resource library
Two expert webinars per month
Four face-to-face gatherings
Six peer-to-peer video conferencing
“Obviously, it’s always best to gather face-to-face, but technology allows us to stay connected between these gatherings,” explains Mike Knutson, Dakota Resources Coach. “I am impressed with how much time and energy people put into connecting with one another. People don’t like working in a vacuum.”
The Dakota Resources Learning Network was officially launched in November 2017. Prior to the Learning Network, Dakota Resources managed separate networks for … Read More »
If you attended ruralX this summer, you were part of a presentation from South Dakota artist Amber Hansen, who taught us about the value of communal creativity and how art can bring people together. Coincidence or not, we are seeing a flurry of artistic endeavors taking place across South Dakota.
Catching up with Amber
Amber Hansen, keynote speaker at ruralX and producer of the film “Called to Walls” has had a busy summer. Just two days after her visit to ruralX, she flew to Paraguay where she helped create a large mural in a neighborhood that had recently lost its hospital. The purpose of the mural was to pay tribute to the hospital and to try to help people re-imagine the potential of the space.
The Meridian District Art Project in Yankton
It’s all coming together.
In 2017, Design:SD … Read More »
Citi Community Development is engaged in communities across the country supporting economic development, inclusive finance and housing. The corporate group works to support underserved individuals and families and seeks collaborative partnerships with organizations like Dakota Resources to help make an impact.
“Citi has had a solid relationship with Dakota Resources for more than ten years and we value their partnership,” explains Ruth Christopherson, Senior Vice President of Citi Community Development. “They are doing great things for our rural communities through our support of Dakota Resources, I have seen firsthand how one organization in a small community can make a difference.”
Ruth attended ruralX as the Citi Community Development sponsor the past two years and is excited about the direction the event is taking.
“The first year was huge, but the second year was when I really saw people come together, sharing ideas and … Read More »
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 »