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A Successful Day of Giving

Blog, News & Events on December 12th. Comments Off on A Successful Day of Giving

On December third, Dakota Resources jumped into the South Dakota Day of Giving by challenging rural economic development organizations across the state to participate in the day.


Rural Economic Development Foundations Challenged on the Day of Giving

Blog, News & Events on November 18th. Comments Off on Rural Economic Development Foundations Challenged on the Day of Giving

As a champion for rural communities, we want to encourage as many rural economic development foundations as possible to take part in the South Dakota Day of Giving on December 3.


Dakota Resources Honors De Smet Leader with Mentorship Award

Blog, News & Events on November 4th. Comments Off on Dakota Resources Honors De Smet Leader with Mentorship Award

Rita Anderson, Executive Director of the De Smet Economic Development Corporation, was recently honored with the Economic Development Professional Mentor Award by Dakota Resources.


Housing Heros Story Series 1 of 4 | Belle Fourche

Blog, News & Events on January 18th. Comments Off on Housing Heros Story Series 1 of 4 | Belle Fourche

Belle Fourche’s story begins in 2013 after a housing study done by Community Partners Research out of Faribault, Minnesota revealed a dire lack of adequate housing. The results were worse than expected, and the Economic Development Corporation decided to step in to see what they could do to help.

“The first thing we did was speak to the high school,” says Hollie Stalder, Director of Economic Development in Belle Fourche. “Each year, the technical students build a home with the help of trained professionals. Those homes were being sold and often times, moved out of town. We wanted to help our housing situation by keeping these well-built home in the community.”

The next step was finding lots for the homes.

They found a few empty lots in town that worked, but the last three properties were acquired through demolition of older dilapidated homes. … Read More »


Moving from a Sponsor to a Partner

Blog, News & Events on September 21st. Comments Off on 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 … Read More »


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