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 leadership and capacity-building skills, a peer network of leaders and funders across North America, and a national platform illuminating their models for other communities. By building this network and offering a curriculum of transformative personal and professional development, BALLE aims to accelerate the emergence of healthy, equitable local economies.
The 2018 BALLE cohort illustrates the depth and complexity of the challenges facing rural, indigenous, and second-tier urban communities. With energy, creativity, and determination, these Fellows are promoting sustainable land use; advancing community development philanthropy; supporting Indigenous social entrepreneurship; helping communities connect to the creative power of artists; advocating for disadvantaged farmers and ranchers; equipping rural entrepreneurs with the tools needed for success; and much, much more. In collaboration with their communities, the Fellows are at the forefront of building healthy, equitable local economies, underpinned by the regenerative capacity of the natural world around us.
The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, BALLE (pronounced “bahl-ee”), represents thousands of communities and conveners, entrepreneurs, investors and funders who are defying business as usual. Their work equips people with the tools and connections needed to prioritize equity and make well-being possible. Programs include our BALLE Fellows, Foundation Circle, Investors Circle, partnering on and convening events focused on the Local Economy Framework, and an emerging groundswell of local businesses and communities standing up to Choose Connection. Find out more at bealocalist.org
About Dakota Resources
Dakota Resources is a 501c3 Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) located in Renner, South Dakota. Dakota Resources embraces building the capacity and confidence of rural communities and organizations through learning networks, community leadership coaching, and lending to CDFIs and development corporations. For more information, visit dakotaresources.org. Dakota Resources is an equal opportunity organization.