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SCDRC approves grant for services

The South Central Dakota Regional Council Board of Directors approved Wednesday grant documents that will give the council $25,000 to provide business consulting services throughout its nine-county region.

During its annual meeting Wednesday, the board authorized board President Joe Neis and Secretary Treasurer Kim Lees to sign a letter of intent to meet conditions and a request for obligation of funds through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Rural Business Enterprise Grant program.

SCDRC Executive Director Deb Kantrud said the board had applied for $37,000 from the grant program to pay for the services of Dave Halvorson, a business consultant. She said Halvorson worked for Bobcat, a company that makes and sells compact loaders, for 30 years.

Kantrud said the USDA offered a $25,000 grant, so the SCDRC reduced the business consulting program to fit the funds available. She said the SCDRC has provided Halvorson’s consulting service mainly to manufacturing businesses over the past three years.

“This year we’re focusing on new and small businesses,” Kantrud said.

In other business, the board approved two new members. Danica Chaput of Job Service North Dakota replaces Kelly Bossert. Bossert resigned from the board when he accepted a position with Job Service North Dakota in Grand Forks.

The board also approved Tena Lawrence to be the University of Jamestown representative on the board. Kantrud said the board decided to have representatives from the University of Jamestown and Valley City State University on the board. UJ appointed Lawrence, who is the vice president of marketing and communications. Kantrud said VCSU hasn’t yet appointed anyone to represent the university on the board.

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