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Story by Rural Schools Collaborative
In Kimball, South Dakota, students are helping their small town soar, thanks to a Rural Schools Collaborative Grants in Place project called “Growing Better Together,” which is funded by our partner, Dakota Resources with matching funds from individual donors and the Rural Schools Collaborative.
At Kimball School, computer science teacher Drew Gillogly is working with his multimedia classes to make a video featuring the town and highlighting its many assets. The project, called Sharing Kimball Awareness, partners students with the Kimball Economic Development group. This year, they’ve been working together on a unique project promoting the town of 703, while learning about new tools and technology they can carry with them into their careers.
Mr. Gillogly’s classes, along with local economic development coordinator, Anita Holan, are currently working on the production of community marketing videos. The videos are … Read More »
Last July, Shawn and Bryan Bietz of Tripp attended the Dakota Resources RuralX event as a way to help find new resources and information about rural economic and community development. The couple returned to Tripp fueled by motivation, which has led to numerous projects, events and connections with valuable outside resources.
“It’s amazing how one connection leads to another,” says Shawn. “Someone reaches out that is connected to someone else, and then things just fall together. Increased communication and new outlets for getting people involved have really brought some positives to our community. Those are things that were reinforced at RuralX as well.”
A few of the most recent positives in Tripp include involvement with the Healthy Hometown initiative sponsored by Wellmark and an Active Transportation Grant, which was awarded to Tripp for 2018.
“We were led to apply for the Active Transportation … Read More »
Last year First PREMIER Bank was a financial sponsor of RuralX17 in Aberdeen. As a sponsor, the bank invited Castlewood bank employees Breanna Beebe and Heidi Severson to attend the event as rural representatives. The two women didn’t know much about RuralX or what to expect, but after attending both came home inspired and full of ideas.
In fact, Breanna is such a believer in the value of RuralX that she is now a member of the Dakota Resources RuralX Design Team, which is a group of invested rural change makers who provide guidance and planning for the RuralX event.
“I took so much away from RuralX! The speakers and breakout sessions gave me so much inspiration. When I got back to Castlewood I couldn’t help but start brainstorming things we could do,” says Breanna.
Since her time at RuralX, Breanna has used … Read More »
This June, Dakota Resources and Dakota Wesleyan University are partnering to host RuralX in Mitchell, South Dakota. The event is designed to bring rural champions together from across the region to boost rural economic and community 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 Resources. It feels like a natural collaboration.”
While initial plans for this year’s RuralX are underway, the team at Dakota Resources … Read More »
Dakota Resources received a $500,000 equity equivalent investment (EQ2) from Wells Fargo for the organization’s Capital Investment Fund. The fund was designed to build capacity for rural economic development corporations and revolving loan funds that finance local development projects in South Dakota and throughout the United States.
As a certified Community Development Financial Institution by the United States Department of Treasury, Dakota Resources is dedicated to delivering responsible, affordable lending to underserved populations and communities.
Proceeds from the Capital Investment Fund can be used as flexible capital or matching funds and can be blended with other financial sources. “We offer a straightforward application and underwriting process that provides access to flexible capital, with no requirements for job creation or restrictions on the end user’s type of projects financed,” said Jay Headley, Vice President of Finance at Dakota Resources.
“Our investment allows for Dakota … Read More »