Moving from a Sponsor to a Partner
Touchstone Energy Cooperatives and the Rural Electric Economic Development (REED Fund) became a Leadership Partner with Dakota Resources in June 2018. As part of their valued partnership, they receive recognition across all of Dakota Resources six core leadership programs, an annual complimentary membership to the Dakota Resources Learning Network, and tickets to events like ruralX and more.
“Changing from a sponsor to a partner made a lot of sense to us,” explains Linda Salmonson, Economic Development Manager. “A partnership allows us to more fully engage in Dakota Resources and the communities they serve. It’s better for both parties.”
As a representative for the cooperatives on the Learning Network, Linda is able to get a better pulse on the rural communities they serve, and can then share that information with their cooperative members. She is also able to lend expertise on topics such as funding, housing, rural businesses and more.
“I love the online conversations and have been able to participate in a couple of webinars so far,” she says. “Now that we are an active participant in Dakota Resources, we have opened a new avenue for communication with our communities.”
Linda and some of the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives and REED Fund staff also attended ruralX in June and were recognized as Leadership Partners.
“I think this past ruralX was the best one yet,” she says. “I loved the pre-conference presentation, the art, the speakers, the pop-up shop and the venue.”